Tagged With "Czech"

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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 31, 2014: Prague's Astronomical Clock

Racing_snake ·
Definitely worth seeing. Been there several times and it's always fascinating. I believe it's the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. )
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Re: Liberland awaits: who will be the first tourist?

DrFumblefinger ·
This may actually turn out to be a tax haven. It might be very successful.
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Olomouc — Now that’s a Plague column!

DrFumblefinger ·
(Holy Trinity Column, Olomouc, Czech Republic) During our visit to the Czech Republic we ventured on a day trip from our base in Prague east to Olomouc (pronounced OH-loh-moats).   Most of our time in the Czech Republic had...
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Praha = Prague = Fantastic!!! (part 2)

DrFumblefinger ·
  (View of Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral from Petrin Hill) This is a continuation of my blog on Prague; you can find part 1 by clicking this link. 2) Castle Quarter (Hradcany).  The first castle in Prague was built on the west...
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Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of the great pleasures of traveling is discovering those special places -- gems that aren't necessarily very famous or perhaps are off the beaten path, but still so very worthwhile visiting.  So it was with the Tampa Bay Automobile...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 31, 2014: Prague's Astronomical Clock

DrFumblefinger ·
    One of the most popular tourist attractions in the historic and beautiful city of Prague is situated on the southern wall of its City Hall, in the Old Town Square.  This is where you'll find the city's famous astronomical clock,...
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Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

HistoryDigger ·
  I’m reluctant to say goodbye to Łukasz and his family because now I want to buy my own metal detector and continue digging in Poland. But, Paweł and I have a long drive ahead to Świeradów Zdrój , a Polish spa town in the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 8, 2014 : Memorial to the Victims of Communism, Prague

DrFumblefinger ·
    Prague features many monuments to the Velvet Revolution (the fall of Soviet Communism some 25 years ago); the most moving to me is  The Memorial to the Victims of Communism.   Situated at the base of Petrin Hill in the...
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Prague's Jerusalem Synagogue: Where Gumbo Was (#129)

PHeymont ·
  In a city with some of the oldest synagogues in Europe, we wandered into one of the newest, just over a century old. It’s not far from Prague’s main rail station, and we passed it—and were arrested by its startling...
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Prague: Fancy Rooftops, Flashy Facades

PHeymont ·
Every city has memorable buildings and unusual architectural details, but I can't think of another city with such a wealth and variety as Prague. I was struck by it on my first trip a dozen years ago, and this summer's trip reinforced the impression....
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Liberland awaits: who will be the first tourist?

PHeymont ·
Taking advantage of a small (only Monaco and the Vatican are smaller) piece of Europe that is apparently unclaimed by either of its neighbors, Croatia and Serbia, a Czech politician named  Vít Jedlička has proclaimed the Republic of...
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Prague hosts premiere of missing Mozart work

PHeymont ·
A press conference in Prague Tuesday will feature a long-lost work jointly written by Mozart and his rival Salieri. It was found in a Prague museum.
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Krumlov Castle, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Where Gumbo was #68

DrFumblefinger ·
  Gumbo was visiting Krumlov Castle in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage medieval city of Český Krumlov.  The historic core of Český Krumlov has 300 protected medieval era buildings, but its biggest landmark is its...
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Prague Castle's chief loses job over red underwear

PHeymont ·
Yes, that's what it says.   In addition to being one of Prague's, even Europe's, top tourist attractions, it's also the home of the Czech Republic president and other important offices. And, a week or so ago, the security importance of the...
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The Czech Republic wants to be called "Czechia"

Travel Rob ·
The Czech Republic wants to be referred to as "Czechia." See the reason why.
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Czechoslovak Hussite Church of Our Lady, Old Town, Prague

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband checked out the Czechoslovak Hussite Church of Our Lady in Old Town, Prague.
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Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic

Samantha ·
Samantha and her husband fell in love with the city of Prague, and really enjoyed spending time on the famous Charles Bridge.
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

Travel Rob ·
Reiner is far from forgotten, thanks to all your research. Poland too holds special memories for me and from what you show of Świeradów Zdrój,it is spectacular. Thanks again Whitney for your incredible moving series.Reiner would be proud!
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

HistoryDigger ·
I have enjoyed sharing my search for Reiner with your readers. Joy!
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

HistoryDigger ·
Check out more of Pawel Wyszomirski's documentary photography here at http://www.testigo.pl/members/pawel-wyszomirski/
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

DrFumblefinger ·
It would have been so very nice for you to have found Reiner as an elderly man slowly walking home with the aid of his cane from his daily dip in the mineral spring, and joined him for a revitalizing sip of schnaps and shared with him your journey. How cool would it have been for you to say, "Hi, Reiner. I'm your nephew's wife, Whitney". I think he'd be tickled to no end to know how much you've cared and how hard you've tried to find him.... Sadly, the absence of an ending like this should...
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

HistoryDigger ·
Dr. Fumblefinger—your response moves me. And I agree with you about looking for wiser solutions to conflict. Travel leads me to see what connects us to each other, not what separates us.
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

GarryRF ·
I've travelled to Brisbane Australia looking for clues to my fathers war record. It was a hot summers day when I found Roe Street Barracks - still in use ! I was convinced it would have gone years ago to a development. I stood in the entrance and I felt a shiver run down my back. A feeling I've heard described as "someone walking on your grave"
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Re: Finding Reiner #8: Trail's End?

HistoryDigger ·
I know that feeling, GarryRF. Though, in this case, I would call it walking on HIS grave.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

PHeymont ·
Thanks for a look at some cars we never see, even in museums. That Tatra 26-30 is a very odd duck indeed. In the slideshow, you can see it has 3 axles (double in the rear) so it must have been intended for some serious load--and up front, an engine compartment with no grill (and what looks like a hole for an engine crank!) Seriously...you kinda see why there were only 181 made... Looking forward to the rest!
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

Travel Rob ·
Thank you Drfumblefinger! I had no clue about this museum and his unique collection. I am especially fond of cars I don't see everywhere, and some of those Czech models, I didn't even existed I've been to car museums in Sarasota and the Tallahassee area, so Florida does have its share of good car museums
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

GarryRF ·
The most popular car in the world is believed to be Czech. The plans for the VW Beetle (similar to the T97 above) were found by the invading forces and were presented to Adolf who then laid claim to it being a German design. Czech cars in Europe are very popular and reliable. Skoda Superb
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the comments, guys. I really was not aware of what beautiful and innovative designs the Czechs had. I can believe that they are reliable. And I can believe that Adolf Hitler was capable of doing almost anything. Stealing the plans for a car seems almost a footnote in his twisted mind.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

PHeymont ·
Actually, there are a number of different stories of how Ferdnand Porsche, under Hitler's direction, designed the Beetle. Another fascinating possibility surfaced last year in the Daily Mail (UK), showing similarities to a project by a German Jewish engineer, Josef Ganz, which Hitler saw at an auto show in 1933. Another aspect: the sort of streamlined design represented in all of these cars was not a unique design at the time; aerodynamic research was starting to have an effect on car design...
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

Travel Rob ·
This is a pretty informative article about Jay Leno's Tatra. Thanks Dr Fumblefinger for introducing the car to me . http://www.popularmechanics.co...cruiser-of-the-1930s
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

GarryRF ·
Thanks for that interesting article Rob. I didn't know that Tatra finally sued Porsche successfully over the T97. I like a story to finish with Justice.
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Re: Tampa Bay Automobile Museum: 1) Museum Overview and its Czech collection

Hank ·
That Tatra T87 is amazing! What a beautiful car!!!!!
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Re: The Czech Republic wants to be called "Czechia"

GarryRF ·
The Czech's have a long history of producing world class cars. Even in the 1930s they were producing the original Beetle before Adolf stole it. The latest Skoda cars are the most reliable in Europe.
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Re: Prague's Jerusalem Synagogue: Where Gumbo Was (#129)

PHeymont ·
My apologies to the three Guessers who correctly identified Where Gumbo Was...when I wrote the blog, the guesses were not in yet. When I updated it with the congratulatory paragraph, I apparently failed to save it, and the older version went "live" this morning. Again, my apologies to Jonathan L, TravelingCanuck and PortMoresby, all regular (and often successful) participants. .....PHeymont
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Re: Prague's Jerusalem Synagogue: Where Gumbo Was (#129)

Jonathan L ·
I visited Prague in Feb. a few years ago and had a wonderful time. Even in the cold middle of winter there was a vibrant outdoor life. A great place any time.
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Re: Prague: Fancy Rooftops, Flashy Facades

DrFumblefinger ·
I remember having the same feeling about Prague. A beautiful city of great architectural variety and all types of style. One of the more memorable views of the city is from up high, say from the observation deck of City Hall. The rooftops and towers are beautiful.
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Re: Prague hosts premiere of missing Mozart work

HistoryDigger ·
Fascinating. Thanks for posting. My family and I have watched the film Amadeus at least two dozen times, and always supposed the Salieri poisoning was dramatic confabulation.
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Re: Prague hosts premiere of missing Mozart work

PHeymont ·
It had always seemed suspicious to me, but I had never known that it was Pushkin who earned a Parson Weems award for this one! Well, it certainly worked out well for F. Murray Abraham!
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Re: Krumlov Castle, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Where Gumbo was #68

Roderick Simpson ·
I first visited Cesky Krumlov in 1995, when it was still being restored and the tower repainted, as it had deteriorated during the communist period. I would also advise anyone visiting the area also to see nearby Rozmberk, which is a pretty village with a quite impressive castle, but with far fewer tourists (First 2 pictures). Prague is rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but there is much more to see in the Czech Republic including Cesky Krumlov and South Bohemia.
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Re: Krumlov Castle, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. Where Gumbo was #68

GarryRF ·
Cesky Krumlov like many of the cities behind the old "iron Curtain" seem to be frozen in time. I'm glad I visited eastern Europe before the arrival of McRonalds appeared on street corners. The Czech Republic has produced excellent cars for 50 years but was starved of cash by Moscow for many years. But it's just now become one of the top producers in Europe.
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Re: Czechoslovak Hussite Church of Our Lady, Old Town, Prague

DrFumblefinger ·
It's a great church! I loved visiting it. If you like astronomy, be sure you visit the grave of Tycho Brahe within the church.
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