Czech Out Prague!

Straddling the Vltava River in the north-west of the Czech Republic, Prague is the country’s capital city and also the historical capital of what is known as Bohemia. Often referred to as the “city of a hundred spires”, Prague is now one of the most popular tourist destinations for European visitors and for very good … Continue reading “Czech Out Prague!”

Straddling the Vltava River in the north-west of the Czech Republic, Prague is the country’s capital city and also the historical capital of what is known as Bohemia. Often referred to as the “city of a hundred spires”, Prague is now one of the most popular tourist destinations for European visitors and for very good reasons.

Whether young or old, the city has something to offer for everybody. Lovers of history and architecture will be charmed and entranced by the famous Old Town Square and its baroque buildings as well as the Gothic churches and the Astronomical Clock which dates from medieval times. But Prague is not just about history as it is also a vibrant city offering a multitude of bars, cafés, restaurants and a lively night life.

 

Historic Prague

For culture buffs, Prague has plenty to see and do and it would take days to take in everything. There are ten museums dotted throughout the city as well as countless theatres, galleries and historic exhibitions to be seen. Other must-see attractions include:

• Prague Castle. Built in the 9th century and the official residence of the President, Prague Castle houses the Bohemian Crown Jewels and is the world’s largest ancient castle according to the Guinness Book of Records.

• Charles Bridge. Completed at the start of the 15th century, the Charles Bridge connects Prague Castle with the Old Town. With sixteen arches and thirty baroque statues along its 620 metre length, the Charles Bridge also features three towers of which the Old Town Bridge Tower is considered one of the world’s most amazing civil Gothic buildings.

• Old Town Square. Located between the Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square is a focal point of the city for both visitors and the city’s inhabitants. Here can be found the Gothic Church of Our Lady with its 80 metre high towers as well as Saint Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall which houses the medieval astronomical clock.

• Prague Astronomical Clock. Built in 1410, the astronomical clock or Prague Orloj on the Old Town Hall is the third-oldest in the world and the oldest still functioning. A major tourist attraction is the hourly animated display of “the Walk of the Apostles” with moving figures and sculptures.

 

Popular Prague

Due to its central European location, the availability of cheap flights and the low cost of living, Prague is one of the top destinations for short breaks and longer holidays. A nice three-course meal for two can be had for less than £20 and a half-litre of local beer for about £1.20. Nearly half of the Czech Republic’s tourism income is generated in Prague and the city has an abundance of accommodation available at more than reasonable rates. Almost everything to see and do in Prague can be done on foot and choosing a centrally located hotel will save time and money. One of the most popular choices for a short break in Prague is the Boho Hotel which is a short stroll from the Old Town Square and close to several museums as well as the Palladium Mall and opera house. If you are a night owl, the Boho Hotel is also right in the centre of the nightlife scene with numerous bars and clubs in the immediate vicinity.

 

Attractive Prague

A mixture of the old and the new, Prague is one of those cities that people keep coming back to. Whether it’s just a weekend break or a longer stay, Prague has plenty to see and do and however long you stay it is never quite long enough. If you have never been to this lovely city on the banks of the Vltava River now is the time to book your flights and Czech out Prague!

 

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Three Beaches You Must Visit in Morocco

Morocco is well known for its outstanding culture and coastal delights which is why you should always look to find the perfect beach resort.

Morocco Beaches

Whether you’re after a dreamy lagoon, a bustling coastal town or something that offers peace and seclusion, there are all sorts of sandy beaches available for you to set foot on in Morocco.

Here are three seaside resorts you must visit on your trip to Morocco. If you find the time to visit all three then you’ll struggle to pick a favourite!

Saidia

Marrakech is one of the busiest places on Earth with the usual hustle and bustle capable of draining the energy of any tourist group. If it’s a peaceful break from the usual activities associated with

Morocco that you’re after, Saidia beach could be the ideal destination for you. It’s here that you will be exposed to the true aspects of Moroccan culture with the quiet seaside town creating a charming atmosphere that is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed.

You can take in the exotic flavour of this seaside resort by strolling along the shore and embracing the history of the medina. The sea is beautifully coloured and you’ll be desperate to go for a swim at this luxurious seaside resort.

Oualidia

There is a delightful lagoon situated right in the middle of Oualidia beach that is as appealing to the locals as it is tourists. However, this is quite an unknown seaside resort that gives tourists the opportunity to escape the crowded beaches and enjoy the untouched sands for themselves.

Located on the Atlantic, this is the ideal destination for someone who isn’t a fan of crowded beaches. The beautifully shaped rock faces on the shore are an ideal place to sit back and admire the costal views.

To top it all off, Oualidia has proven to be the perfect location for avid birdwatchers to get a glimpse of some particularly rare species, with hundreds of birds flocking to the shores throughout the year.

Essaouira

Essaouira has to be one of the most elegant beaches on the planet. From the shore you can witness some truly magical scenes, from delicately glazed waters alongside stunning weather conditions through to the comforting sands and delightfully decorated sailboats.

You will be identifying all sorts of worldwide influences at Essaouira that go far back throughout history. There are plenty of clear indications that this particular setting ahs managed to inspire some of the most creative minds in history.

A combination of grace and style is what makes this seaside resort a must visit for any tourist group. It could be the perfect ending to your already fun-filled Moroccan adventure.

About the author:
Tara Ennis is a beach lover with a particular passion for northern Africa. She has contributed this post on behalf of El Zohar Riad, stunning Marrakech holiday accommodation in the heart of the historic old Medina

Three Beaches You Must Visit in Morocco

Morocco is well known for its outstanding culture and coastal delights which is why you should always look to find the perfect beach resort.

Morocco Beaches

Whether you’re after a dreamy lagoon, a bustling coastal town or something that offers peace and seclusion, there are all sorts of sandy beaches available for you to set foot on in Morocco.

Here are three seaside resorts you must visit on your trip to Morocco. If you find the time to visit all three then you’ll struggle to pick a favourite!

Saidia

Marrakech is one of the busiest places on Earth with the usual hustle and bustle capable of draining the energy of any tourist group. If it’s a peaceful break from the usual activities associated with

Morocco that you’re after, Saidia beach could be the ideal destination for you. It’s here that you will be exposed to the true aspects of Moroccan culture with the quiet seaside town creating a charming atmosphere that is guaranteed to leave you feeling refreshed.

You can take in the exotic flavour of this seaside resort by strolling along the shore and embracing the history of the medina. The sea is beautifully coloured and you’ll be desperate to go for a swim at this luxurious seaside resort.

Oualidia

There is a delightful lagoon situated right in the middle of Oualidia beach that is as appealing to the locals as it is tourists. However, this is quite an unknown seaside resort that gives tourists the opportunity to escape the crowded beaches and enjoy the untouched sands for themselves.

Located on the Atlantic, this is the ideal destination for someone who isn’t a fan of crowded beaches. The beautifully shaped rock faces on the shore are an ideal place to sit back and admire the costal views.

To top it all off, Oualidia has proven to be the perfect location for avid birdwatchers to get a glimpse of some particularly rare species, with hundreds of birds flocking to the shores throughout the year.

Essaouira

Essaouira has to be one of the most elegant beaches on the planet. From the shore you can witness some truly magical scenes, from delicately glazed waters alongside stunning weather conditions through to the comforting sands and delightfully decorated sailboats.

You will be identifying all sorts of worldwide influences at Essaouira that go far back throughout history. There are plenty of clear indications that this particular setting ahs managed to inspire some of the most creative minds in history.

A combination of grace and style is what makes this seaside resort a must visit for any tourist group. It could be the perfect ending to your already fun-filled Moroccan adventure.

About the author:
Tara Ennis is a beach lover with a particular passion for northern Africa. She has contributed this post on behalf of El Zohar Riad, stunning Marrakech holiday accommodation in the heart of the historic old Medina

Introduction to California – The Golden State – Sacramento and San Francisco

As a new immigrant to the USA and California, I want my wife to understand where we are and the history of this place. She’s never understood my love of bacon, sourdough bread, movies, aviation, and Mexican food – it’s all fairly understandable when you realize most of my childhood was in California gold country. Last night I forced her to watch this PBS documentary about the Gold Rush. Today, we went to the Sacramento History Museum and strolled through Old Town Sacramento. I think she might be starting to get it…

This is a spectacular documentary about the Gold Rush of 1848-1856, the largest mass migration in human history, and the birth of California as a part of the United States. Well worth the 2-hours to watch and if you’ve ever been to Sacramento or San Francisco, wondered how California stopped being Spanish and Mexican, or why there was a huge migration of Chinese to the USA during that time. This will answer the questions. Great history. Great documentary.

Introduction to California – The Golden State – Sacramento and San Francisco

As a new immigrant to the USA and California, I want my wife to understand where we are and the history of this place. She’s never understood my love of bacon, sourdough bread, movies, aviation, and Mexican food – it’s all fairly understandable when you realize most of my childhood was in California gold country. Last night I forced her to watch this PBS documentary about the Gold Rush. Today, we went to the Sacramento History Museum and strolled through Old Town Sacramento. I think she might be starting to get it…

This is a spectacular documentary about the Gold Rush of 1848-1856, the largest mass migration in human history, and the birth of California as a part of the United States. Well worth the 2-hours to watch and if you’ve ever been to Sacramento or San Francisco, wondered how California stopped being Spanish and Mexican, or why there was a huge migration of Chinese to the USA during that time. This will answer the questions. Great history. Great documentary.

Vago’s Motorcycle Club

Hey, if you want to join a motorcycle club…this one has nothing to do with me. Except it has my name and it was formed near where I grew up, they wear my favorite color, and all the major chapters are in places where I’ve lived or my family lives today. (Thanks Rev for pointing this out!)

vagos

The Vagos Motorcycle Club, also known as the Green Nation, is a “one-percenter” motorcycle club that was formed in San Bernardino, California during the 1960’s. The club’s insignia is Loki, the Norse god of mischief, riding a motorcycle and members commonly wear green.The Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have named the Vagos as an Outlaw Motorcycle Club, claiming that they are involved in criminal activities such as producing, transporting and distributing methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as assault, extortion, insurance fraud, money laundering, murder, vehicle theft, witness intimidation and weapons violations. The Vagos have approximately 300 members among 24 chapters located in the American states of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and three chapters located in Mexico.