As developers built Prague in the 19th and 20th centuries, they often built a whole block at one time, either across two or all four sides of a city block. All of the building had loads of character and charm, but the most elaborate flourishes were built into corner buildings. Here are two corner buildings in Bubenec, north of the Prague Castle.
Back in the US, where we’re from, some people get all bent out of shape that some signs and labels are in Spanish. It never bothered us; we actually saw it as kinda cool. Inclusion of other people is nothing to be afraid of. Well, in Europe, you get lots of signs and labels in multiple languages. In the Czech Republic, pretty much every product label is in at least two languages: Czech and Slovak. That makes sense because the Czechs and Slovaks used to be members of the same country–Czechoslovakia. Companies selling products prudently understand that the more accessible their products are, the more sales they can get. So it is not a surprise to see multiple languages on a label. More languages means more people can understand what is being sold.
This is the European Union, so there is a common market for manufacturers. If you are willing, you can sell to over two dozen countries. Of course, it works best if you can describe your product in as many languages as possible. That’s what we see so many packages with four, six, ten or more languages on them. We don’t know why but the packages with the most labels are bags of chips. Potato and corn tortilla chip bags get their ingredient lists translated into 14 or 17 languages. Here’s the current record holder that we’ve seen. A bag of tortilal chips with ingredients in 21 languages.
Second in our series of how beautiful are the houses throughout Prague. Most people in Prague live in these large ornate buildings, mostly five stores tall. They usually contain ten to fourteen units, but it’s unfair to think of them as typical apartment buildings. Prague had a tremendous building boom …
Looking through a folder of photos and video from my second visit to Prague in 2017. This was the slightly underwhelming Navalis boat festival. The boat festival is centuries old and still hanging on. It didn’t happen in 2020 because of the pandemic but in normal years occurs in May. Official site.
Prague is a beautiful city. Almost everywhere you look you see a a beautiful building and sites you don’t see elsewhere. This is the first in a series of photos of normal houses in Prague. Most people in Prague live in these large ornate buildings, mostly five stores tall. They usually contain ten to fourteen units, but it’s unfair to think of them as typical apartment buildings. Prague had a tremendous building boom in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as the city expressed its grandeur as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There are thousands of these buildings in the city. Each one is unique with elaborate stonework and windows. They are painted in colors you seldom see elsewhere in the world.
This photo of some of these wonderful buildings D took on his arrival in Prague in 2016. It was our second trip to Prague, before we moved there two years later.
When we first looked at the apartment we eventually moved into, the real estate person did say its one draw back was that it was near a busy street. It is within sight of Vinohradská ulice, a major east-west artery through Vinohrady neighborhood into Žižkov. “You’ll get some street noise,” …
I had long wanted to see how they take down one of those large construction cranes. One morning I finally got the chance to see it out my kitchen window.
Jugoslávská ulice in Praha 2 has some wonderful views. The street runs only three blocks from Náměsti Míru to Legerova ulice, where it becomes Ječná ulice toward the west. The first photo below is facing east toward Kostel sv. Ludmily (Church of Saint Ludmila) and the second is facing west. You can see the bluff on the other side of the river Vltava.
Just a slice of Prague life, standing on a street corner, that has three restaurants and a lovely old apartment building (that could stand some repair).
Bruselská ulice and Londýnská ulice = Brussels Street and London Street. In Prague 2, many streets are named after countries and foreign cities.
In the Vinohrady neighborhood of Prague 2 is Náměsti Míru, which translates to “Peace Square” or Plaza. The square was built around Kostel sv. Ludmily (Church of Saint Ludmila) which was completed in 1892. The church and the square were planned as the centerpiece of the new addition to Prague, Vinohrady (“castle vineyards”). Vinohrady was the second major addition to the city outside the eastern medieval city walls, the first being Karlín. The first phase of the addition was built in the late 1880s, when construction began on Kostel sv. Ludmily. That band of housing blocks stretches between what is now Legerova avenue on the west (where the city wall ran) and Italská and Belgická avenues on the east. A second larger phase of building began in 1903 eventually filling over 30 city blocks of buildings over the next five years. That flurry of construction activity must have been something to behold.
This video is a short walk down Jugoslávská avenue to Náměsti Míru and through the square to the corner of Ibsenova avenue. You will see the twin bell towers of Kostel sv. Ludmily and then the art nouveau building. Divadlo na Vinohradech (Vinohrady Theater).