Sunday, July 31, 2011
Today we honor Ignác. Happy name day, Ignác.
The name Ignác is of Latin origin and means "ardent; burning".
Yesterday we honored Bořivoj. Happy belated name day, Bořivoj!
The name Bořivoj is a Slavic name that is derived from the Slavic elements bor "battle" and voi "soldier".
Friday, July 29, 2011
Today we honor Marta. Happy Name Day, Marta!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Today we honor Viktor. Happy Name Day, Viktor!
The name Viktor is a variant of Victor, which is of Latin origin and means "champion".
Yesterday we honored Věroslav. Happy belated name day, Věroslav!
The name Věroslav is a Czech name of Slavic origin, meaning "fame, glory".
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Today we honor Jakub. Happy Name Day, Jakub!
The name Jakub is the Czech form of Jacob, which is of Latin origin and manes "he who supplants".
How did I let so many weeks go by before revealing where this is and what it symbolizes? Oh yes, it's summer. I loooovvveee summer and try to enjoy every minute of it, sometimes at the expense of my blog. Please forgive this beach bum.
So, any one out there recall seeing this during one of your strolls through Prague?
This is The Golden Stag located at Tomášská 4 in Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter). The work of Baroque sculptor Ferdinand Maxmilian Brokoff, the sculptor of the Visitation of St. Hubert, was commissioned by Jan Kaspar Friedrich, owner of the house at that time.
Ferdinand Maxmilian Brokoff
According to legend, St. Hubert was an Aquitanian nobleman greatly devoted to the chase until one day his path was crossed by a stag with a gold cross between his antlers, at which point Hubert realized that it was a sign from God. He turned from the material world to the spiritual, becoming a priest and later a bishop of Liège in the Ardennes of Belgium. Since then, St. Hubert has been traditionally regarded as the patron of foresters and hunters.
Familiar with this beverage?
Well, now you know what the logo references!
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Today we honor, Kristýna. Happy Name Day, Kristýna!
The name Kristýna is widely used in the Czech language. It's a variant of Christina, which is of Latin origin and means "Christian woman".
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Today we honor Magdaléna. Happy Name Day, Magdaléna!
The name Magdaléna is the Czech form of Madeline/Magdalene. It's of Greek origin and means "woman from Magdala".
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today we honor Čeněk. Happy Name Day, Čeněk!
The name Čeněk is the pet form of Czech Vincenc, meaning "conquering".
Happy Belated Name Day to the following people:
Happy Name Day, Jindřich!
The name Jindřich is used mainly in Czech and is derived from Germanic origins. Jindřich is the Czech form of Henry, which is an English name of Germanic origin, and means "house owner; lord of the manor".
Happy Name Day, Luboš!
The name Luboš is of Slavic origin and the short from of Lubomír, which means "love and peace".
Happy Name Day, Martina!
The name Martina is of Latin origin and means "dedicated to Mars".
Happy Name Day, Drahomira!
The name Drahomíra is of Slavonic origin and is primarily used in Czech. Drahomíra means "beloved peace".
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Today we honor Karolína. Happy Name Day, Karolína!
The name Karolína is of Slavic origin and a variant of Caroline. Karolína means "little & womanly".
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I would never have guessed it but Prague is apparently the 14th most expensive city in Europe for expats, and the 47th most expensive in the world.
The second most expensive city is Tokyo
And the third is N'Djamena, Chad
For more, check out this article: http://aktualne.centrum.cz/czechnews/clanek.phtml?id=707094
Today we honor Markéta. Happy Name Day, Markéta!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Today we honor Olga. Happy Name Day, Olga!The name Olga is of Old Norse and Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Olga is "blessed, holy; successful".
On Saturday, July 9th, we honored Drahoslava. Happy Belated Name Day, Drahoslava!
The name Drahoslava is the feminine form of Drahoslav, which is derived from the Slavic elements dorgu meaning "precious" and slav meaning "glory".
On Sunday, July 10th, we honored Libuše & Amálie. Happy Belated Name Day, Libuše & Amálie!
The name Amálie is a variant of Amelia, which is a blend of two medieval names: the Latin Emelia and the Latin-German Amalia. Its meaning is "industrious, striving; work".
The name Libuše is an Old Czech name that is derived from the adjective libý, the base of which is Slavonic ljub meaning "love; lovable".
Friday, July 8, 2011
Today we honor Nora. Happy Name Day, Nora!
The name Nora is of English origin. It's the short form of Eleanora, which is of Greek origin and means "light", and Honora, which is of Latin origin and means "woman of honor". It's also used as an independent name.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Play Summertime on YouTube prior to and while reading on...to get that full summertime feelin'
Go to: http://youtu.be/i3xkf7rkwIY
Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high
Your Daddy's rich, and your Mama is good lookin'
So, hush, little baby don't you cry
One of these mornings you're gonna rise up singin'
You're gonna spread your wings and take to the sky, take to the sky
But until that mornin' there's nothin' that can harm you
With Daddy and Mommy standin' by
Yes, it's the time, I'm talking about summertime
And the livin', summer living, the livin' is so fine
Fish are jumpin, and the cotton is high
Your Daddy's rich, he's rich, your Daddy's filthy rich
And your Mama, hot mama, your Mama's so good lookin'
So, hush, little baby don't you cry
Summertime is a glorious time in the Czech Republic! Although we don't have a coastline, we love the water and travel to the sea. Croatia's my favorite go-to summertime spot and I hope you have the chance to visit. Pretty much every Czech has either a chata (cabin) or chalupa (cottage) in the country and they'll head out of the city almost every weekend. But for those of you who don't have a country home to escape to, there's still a ton to do just outside of Prague, as well as right in the city!
Fishing under the Charles Bridge
(not sure what he's catching, perhaps Water Sprites?!)
Take a boat cruise along the Vltava River
Or along Čertovka (Devil's Stream)
Dining ...or just relaxing
With a glass of wine or a cold beer, kick back at one of the many cafes/restaurants overlooking the Vltava
How about seeing the city from your very own paddleboat?
The city is alive with music during the summer...
Prague is a beautiful city to stroll through. While you're at it, stop to feed the swans that call the Vltava their home
A popular activity and there are many parks in Prague to do so, as well as organized trips throughout the country
The Czech Republic is packed with castles and chateaux. You can spend every day of the summer visiting a different one...heck you can spend well over a year trying to see them all!
The Czech Grand Canyon
Velká Amerika (Grand America) and Malá Amerika (Little America)
"Amerika" is the name for a system of long abandoned limestone pit quarries situated in the vicinity of Karlštejn. Walk or jog around...some folks find there way down to swim in the clear lagoons.
Be careful though...here you can see where the stone gave way
Prague Zoo and Troja
Because who doesn't love animals?
And right next door to the zoo we have the romantic Troja chateau, which also houses a fabulous wine cellar/shop (if you can find it!)
Launch your skis nearby the zoo and Troja, and have a blast on the Vltava!
Český Krumlov ...just go. This medieval town is situated in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic and is worth the trip. It's a charming city along the Vltava (yes, the same Vltava that flows through Prague!)
(and more boats)
There are a ton of places to hike in the Czech Republic, but one place that I find spectacular is České Švýcarsko National Park (Bohemian Switzerland National Park). The park was created on June 1, 2000, and links to the Sächsische Schweiz (Saxonian Switzerland) National Park on the German side, which was established in 1990. You can take several paths, one that even leads to a wonderfully relaxing boat ride.
Located on the bank of the Vltava River in Prague 4, this place is a great place to spend a hot summer day. Activities include everything from swimming in the river (errr....if you so desire) to beach volleyball to soccer...and so much more. Food, cocktails, showers, restrooms, etc. It's a great place to come and offers something for all ages. At night it's a great place to meet friends and enjoy a few cold beers. Live concerts take place as well throughout the summer.
There are a lot of lakes in the Czech Republic, and Lhota is a personal favorite because of its sandy bottom (it reminds me of being on a beach at the ocean). Lhota (u Staré Boleslavi) is a man-made lake about 20 km outside of Prague. There's a large sandy beach (perfect for sand castles), food and drinks, restrooms, and a few concession stands.
Another really popular lake and recreation area is Slapy. Lake Slapy is a multipurpose reservoir built on the Vltava River about 40 km south of Prague. There are a lot of cabins and cottages around the lake that you can rent for a peaceful weekend away from the city. Enjoy sailing? This is a great spot for it!
As I said, there are a ton of lakes throughout the Czech Republic...this is a random one in a village southeast of Prague...
4-Wheeling and Dirt Bike Riding
Because boys will be boys!
Spa Towns are a wonderful way to relax.
I hope you enjoy all this wonderful country has to offer this summer. Whatever you do this summer, don't forget the cold beer... because nothing's better in the heat of summer than an ice cold pivo!