Monday, August 5, 2013

Oh how I miss thee...

Rybíz
(red currant)

Growing up my father and grandfather planted rybíz in our garden, and I remember hand-picking it with my my mom and having her or my grandmother back a delicious koláč out of them... like this one (just that this is not one she baked... I borrowed this pic from the internet). Thank you Blesk pro Ceny.cz - I will be trying your recipe and it best taste like mom's.  
Ilustrační foto

And mommy, if you are reading this, I say we back a lot of koláče together when I visit.  I am craving this delicious pastry and may start drooling just thinking about it ...just like my English Bulldog does.




Sunday, August 4, 2013

A beloved 4-letter word...

Pivo.

Pivo means beer.

Czech and pivo go hand-in-hand.

Czechpivo should almost just be one complete word.  In a dictionary even.

We Czechs love our pivo.

And I will prove it:

Take a look at this map showing our breweries Pividky.cz

Now do you believe me?

Drink.  Czech.  Beer.  

That is all.







  

Saturday, August 3, 2013

It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Superman! (no, it really is)

I'd say he's living out a childhood superhero dream...
(AP)

Perhaps I should find a way to live out my childhood superhero dream...

From The Prague Daily Monitor:
Look up in a sky. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s … a guy in a Speedo wearing a cape and jumping off a 27-meter high platform by posing like Superman!


Czech diver Michal Navratil closed the inaugural high dive event at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona by performing his patented Superman dive from the vertigo-inducing platform used the in extreme diving event. He had the cape, the music and, of course, the pose.

The 28-year-old Navratil finished fourth in the competition, which is of little consequence when you can leap tall buildings in a single bound.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Do you know this man?

Do you know this man?

Neither did I (should I hang my head in shame?). He is Carlos Relvas (1838-1894), a founding figure of Portuguese photography.  And between this photo of him and his work, I like this man... and am honored to now know of him.

I feel as though he takes photos of what makes him happy.  Not that I know, that is just what his photos make me feel
Landscape. Portugal, 1876-1878, New toned print from collodion wet plate negative
Landscape. Portugal, 1876-1878

Sheep, ca 1870, New toned print from stereoscopic collodion negative
Sheep, ca 1870, New toned print from stereoscopic collodion negative

So to all of my creative friends in Prague and anyone else who's artistic, check out his work at Galerie Rudolfinum now through September 15th.  Read more about Carlos and the exhibit at PragueTV