The Berounka is a river in the Czech Republic. It carries the name Mže (German: Mies) from its source in Germany, next to the Czech border, until its confluence with the Radbuza in Pilsen. It then continues under the name of Berounka until it enters the Vltava on the edge of Prague. The river is a favourite destination among canoeists, who enjoy the picturesque sceneries around. (x)
Vyšehrad is a historical fort located in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It was probably built in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history, among them Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Karel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha. It also contains Prague’s oldest surviving building, the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century.
When the Přemyslid dynasty settled on the current site of Prague Castle, the two castles maintained opposing spheres of influence for approximately two centuries. The zenith of Vyšehrad was during the second half of the 11th century, when Vratislav transferred his seat from Prague Castle, and the original fort was remodelled as a complex comprising a sovereign’s palatial residence, church and seat of the chapter. The period of growth ended around 1140 when Prince Soběslav moved his seat back to Prague Castle.
Local legend holds that Vyšehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague, though thus far this claim remains unsubstantiated. By the twenty-first century, Vyšehrad has become a public park that is a popular site for recreation and celebrations. For example, it is a popular place for Czechs to celebrate New Year’s (Silvestr). (x)
Optimismus je opium lidstva! Zdravý duch páchne blbostí. Ať žije Trockij!
Optimism is the opium of mankind! A healthy spirit stinks of stupidity. Long live Trotsky!
Žert [The Joke]. Directed by Jaromil Jireš based on Milan Kundera’s novel. Czechoslovakia, 1969.
The protagonist of this movie is Ludvík Jahn who was in early fifties as a young communist expelled out of the party and university for a humorous postcard he sent to his classmate Markéta during her socialist training. Ludvík wants take revenge on his former classmate Zemánek who at critical moment betrayed him. He decides to seduce Zemánek’s wife Helena… ► ►
Don’t ask me, my face was like “O_O…. O_o… OK, lol?… Where’s my camera?!” when I saw this…. this! :’D
But I think I saw it before, somewhere else.. Maybe some crazy “street-art”?
The Bohemian Crown Jewels, also called the Czech Crown Jewels (Czech: české korunovační klenoty), include the Crown of Saint Wenceslas, the royal orb and sceptre, the coronation vestments of the Kings of Bohemia, the gold reliquary cross, and St. Wenceslas’ sword. They were originally held in Prague and Karlštejn Castle but since 1791 they have been stored in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. The crown was made for the coronation of Charles IV in 1347, making it the fourth oldest in Europe.
Moravian Sparrow (Moravsky vrabec)
The literal translation of this dish is Moravian sparrow but the “sparrow” in this Czech dish is actually pork. A little confusing but hey, that’s how tradition works. To finish this dish I separated the meat out and puréed the remaining ingredients in order to make the sauce but this is not necessary, it just makes it look better.
- 450g pork belly, roughly cubed
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cloves garlic
Place the pork, salt, cumin seeds and garlic into a non metallic container and marinate overnight
Fry the onion in the lard until it yellows and then add the park and the marinade. Fry till the pork is sealed on the outside and add a splash of water. Place into an oven proof dish and place in an oven at 150 C for 1 hour, covered. Then turn the oven up to 180 C, uncover the meat and cook for another hour. At this point it will be ready to eat but the longer you leave it the more tender the meat will be.
Is there anyone who would be so kind and tell me what to change in html to get pictures in text posts back next to each other? I played with post width but it doesn’t help and images still won’t fit next to each other. ?
Problem fixed. Or maybe not - I just changed theme again and probably for the last time. In general playing with html when you are from for expert on it isn’t exactly the best idea so from now I will try to stay away from it as much as possible.