Castle of Duchcov

The last refuge of the great lover.



Duchcov is a castle of family of Waldstein. It is situated on the place of Gothic fortress, which was rebuilt in the Renaissance. The castle is located in the heart of the eponymous town. Everything is clear about the town. I do not want to describe it. It will be enough to show one photo. Look, everything is usual. Town Hall, plague pillar and a fountain. The whole excursion will take about “drinking slowly one bottle of Borjomi”.

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Garden City. Part 1

Marianske Lazne. The pearl of West Bohemia.

Part 1.


The most popular Czech spa is Carlsbad, of course. They are older and larger and more popular than other spas. But all these stereotypes work until the moment when you cross the boundaries of Marianske Lazne.


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Travelling across the Atlantic. Part two. Two days in Cancun.

If someone would told me that one day I could be in Mexico, I would have laughed. The first impression is that it was hard to breathe, the air was so humid hot, that I almost fell into a swoon. Thank goodness, the hotel was nearby.

In the hotel (though not the Hilton) the air temperature was quite normal. So we moved to our rooms. Company had paid for rooms for crew, but I had to fork out a bit. It is good that they take credit cards, so I paid quickly and without problems. Well, it is clear that everyone lay down on mattresses at once. We slept for half of the day. And then, you know, we went for a walk in order to chill a bit.


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Traveling across the Atlantic. Part One.


One fine May morning someone knocked my door. Well, firstly a stranger rang the entrance door intercom and then knocked the door. It was my old comrade aviator, who returned to Prague. I cannot tell you his name because of the events, which happened after his appearance. Let us call him Havel. So we are sitting in the kitchen and having hot coffee with cold Borjomi.

Well, as usual, jokes, jokes, latest news and anecdotes.

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Jindrichuv Hradec. Part 2.



When you see the modern cities of Europe you could easily understand which of them had a castle. Such cities still have a pretty provincial form and an authentic medieval appearance. But the cities, which tried to excel in wealth and glory the other cities, didn’t bring their truly medieval appearance this to our time. Also large industrial enterprises are more likely to be built in such «developed» cities as Plzen.


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Jindrichuv Hradec. Part 1.


In fact, there are a lot of “gradets” in the Czech Republic. But this word just indicates the type of settlement. It is geographical mark and no more. But the theme of my post isn’t about all the «Hradec» of the Czech Republic. It is about Jindrichuv Hradec, which differs among others because of its name like a bottle of Borjomi on shelves of a supermarket. Like many other Czech cities, Jindrichuv Hradec originally was a Slavic settlement, then it became Slavic fortress, which existed from X century. In the XII century the south-eastern Bohemia came into possession of Vitek of Prcice.

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Cheb — City of the Headless Horseman

In fact, the theme of «Headless Horseman» is being lingered by European and other cultures for more than one hundred years. Perhaps since the time when the riding was invented. But usually the rider has neither name, nor surname. And there is no article in the encyclopedia about him. And then our Czech friends made a stir. There is town in Czech Republic with its own ghost cavalryman. This town is Cheb.

It is not easy to find Cheb on a map of the Czech Republic. It is not far from Carlsbad. Cheb is western city of Czech Republic, in fact it is a typical medieval German town, lost in the dense forests of western Moravia. It is a piece of cake to go round it three times! It seems that there is nothing interesting to do here.

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Well, what else can I say about the Czech Republic? I thought a lot and decided to tell you about Karlstejn Castle, located 28 kilometers from Prague. My story will be short, but meaningful like half-liter bottle of Borjomi. In general, it is useless to talk about Karlstejn. You should see it. That is why today will be more pictures than text. So…

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Прага, «Еврейский Квартал» и Голем. Часть 1.

Не могу вспомнить, рассказывал ли я вам уже легенду о Големе? Правда, это все равно был (или буду) не я, ибо до меня эту легенду уже рассказал австрийский писатель Густав Майринк.

Густав Майринк

Еврейский квартал находится практически в центре Старого Города, и вам ничего не стоит пересечь его несколько раз во время одной прогулки, если захотите. Причем, учитывая тот факт, что его за последнее время сильно переделали и осовременили с точки зрения архитектуры – вы эти несколько раз, когда будете его пересекать, вообще можете не понять, что это именно он. Именно поэтому советую проделывать эту процедуру с гидом. Будете в Праге и захотите в Еврейский квартал – в качестве гида смогу предложить себя 🙂

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Forbidden (but progressive) City of Plzen

In medieval Europe there always were villages around the castles in order to recruit men for important personages. These villages were gradually transformed into the cities.  

The strange thing is that villages around the castles still have pretty provincial authentic look. But the so-called «free» trade cities, which had their privileges and an extensive trade, boasted each other by trying to show their tall bell tower, City Hall. Such trade cities hadn’t brought this nice medieval appearance to our time. Maybe because of the fact that they were trying to reach the progress.


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