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Where to Ice Skate in Prague This Winter

Where to Ice Skate in Prague This Winter | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Ice skating rinks will descend upon the Czech capital once again beginning in December: here’s where you can hit the ice this season
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We had a rink in the park below us.  Didn't skate but really enjoyed watching.  Prague has #adrenaline sports as well.
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Pařížská Luxury Apartments Invite Squatting

Pařížská Luxury Apartments Invite Squatting | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
In an effort to showcase Czech design, five families are opening their extraordinary Pařížská-street flats for public tours
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See how the wealthy live . . . 
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Take a Ride on Prague’s Secret Second Funicular

Take a Ride on Prague’s Secret Second Funicular | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Located a short distance from its Petřín cousin, Prague’s hidden second funicular takes riders up to Mrázovka Park
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Yes, I find it amazing that I did not know about this!  This old post mentions the Petrin funicular and all the fun we had on our early Prague explorations.
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Prague’s Most Expensive Flat Now Comes at a Big Discount

Prague’s Most Expensive Flat Now Comes at a Big Discount | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
In the market for a new apartment? This 4+1 in Žižkov can be yours for a mere 85 million CZK – 40 million less than in 2012
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It's interesting to walk the streets of our old neighborhood and not even know places like this are up there.
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Czech Self-Service Forest Bar Operates on Honesty

Czech Self-Service Forest Bar Operates on Honesty | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
The Lesní bar, located in the middle of the Horní Lipová wilderness, offers travelers snacks, drinks, and more – and relies on them to pay for what the take
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Not every place is spoiled by low quality people.
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Czech Photographer Gains Millions of Fans Worldwide

Czech Photographer Gains Millions of Fans Worldwide | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Enjoy these gorgeous photos of Prague and the Moravian countryside taken by international sensation Martin Rak
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I like some of our natural ones just as well:  http://www.parosparadise.com/CzechMates/ ;
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Go Behind the Scenes at Amazon Czech Republic

Go Behind the Scenes at Amazon Czech Republic | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
“Come visit us and reveal the magic that unfolds after clicking the checkout button on Amazon,” says the Amazon Tours website.

In operation since June, Amazon Tours aim to give the public a glimpse behind the scenes of the Amazon fulfillment center in the Dobrovíz neighborhood of Prague 6.
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I find factories fascinating.
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New Czech Toilets Fight Prostate Cancer, Prague - Czech Republic

New Czech Toilets Fight Prostate Cancer, Prague - Czech Republic | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
These mobile toilets at music and sporting events measure the speed and flow of urine to determine the risk of cancer, Prague - Czech Republic
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Hmm, I wonder if the correlation is any better than age?
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Operation Anthropoid Monument — The Prague Vitruvius

Operation Anthropoid Monument — The Prague Vitruvius | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
2012 marked the seventieth anniversary of one of the most daring and courageous acts undertaken against the Nazi regime. Operation Anthropoid was a mission carried out by Czechoslovak parachutists trained by the Britis
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Any Prague insider is familiar with this event.  We have followed it and others in Prague's modern history:  http://parosparadise.com/CzechMates/2014/10/24/five-one-day/
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Things to do in Prague

Things to do in Prague | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Sure, the Old Town is a sight to see, but if you're looking for some things to do in Prague aside from the classic tourist must-sees, this should help.
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Just a few examples of being away from tourist central.  Lots more at http://www.parosparadise.com/CzechMates/ ;
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Top 10: Best Free Things to Do in Prague

Top 10: Best Free Things to Do in Prague | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Clic1. Relax at Letná Park For gorgeous views of Prague, head to Letná Park. It’s a favourite local spot in summer and is always full of people. In the middle of the park there’s a square with a huge metronome that’s visible from the city centre. It’s where the biggest statue of Stalin in Europe once stood.k here to edit the content
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I would add walking the streets looking at architecture.
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Britain issues stamp for Sir Nicholas Winton

Britain issues stamp for Sir Nicholas Winton | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Humanitarian helped save children in Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II
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The foodie traveller ... tries a pig’s head jelly in Prague

The foodie traveller ... tries a pig’s head jelly in Prague | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Pig’s head and trotters combine to make tlačenka, a robust meat brawn that goes down best with a choice Czech beer
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Hmm, I don drink enough beer to try this.
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A Foreigner’s Guide to Mikuláš Day in Prague

A Foreigner’s Guide to Mikuláš Day in Prague | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it

This idea of parents ratting you out to an important stranger still lives strong. A proper Czech Mikuláš event includes Mikuláš, an angel, and a devil. The angel beams sweetly and holds a basket of treats. The devil does typical devil things like rattle a chain, stick out his tongue, and say “bububu”. This frightens local kids senseless, and I’ve even heard adults describe it as their earliest traumatic memory. The devil may give coal to naughty children, and threaten to stuff them in a sack and drag them down to Hell. Foreign kids seem largely unfazed – my kids just pulled his tail and said “bububu” right back.

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VIDEO: Cool New Spin on David Černý’s Prague Kafka Statue

VIDEO: Cool New Spin on David Černý’s Prague Kafka Statue | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
This new MEL Films clip showcases David Černý’s 45-ton rotating Franz Kafka statue in Prague it in all its glitchy, gyrating glory
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I guess it is past time to update my report on David Cerny works:  http://parosparadise.com/CzechMates/2013/12/01/david-cerny-update/
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Mapa pivovarů České republiky - Pivníci.cz

Mapa pivovarů České republiky - Pivníci.cz | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it

This map shows 364 Czech breweries.

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Wow!
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Christmas Tree Chosen for Prague’s Old Town Square

Christmas Tree Chosen for Prague’s Old Town Square | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
A 31-meter Norway Spruce has been selected to adorn the Czech capital’s famed Christmas market
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Read the bottom couple paragraphs, please.
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Restored Barrandov Terraces to Re-open in 3 Years

Restored Barrandov Terraces to Re-open in 3 Years | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
After decades of neglect, reconstruction has finally begun on Prague’s once-prominent 1930s cultural hotspot
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Yes, many bygone eras are reconstructed in Prague.
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Signal Festival 2016 Program Is Announced

Signal Festival 2016 Program Is Announced | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
October transforms Prague into the city of light once again with a stunning new series of installations and video-mapping events
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This will be the first one we missed.  Go if you can!
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New Brewery Boat to Dock on Vltava this Fall

New Brewery Boat to Dock on Vltava this Fall | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Seven kinds of draft beer specials will be brewed on board the boat including a heady 34-degree tap, aptly named Titanic, which intends to unseat the X-Beer 33 brewed at Prague restaurant U Medvídků as the strongest produced in the Czech Republic.

The 30-million-crown project is slated to launch on October 28 to coincide with the anniversary of the independent Czechoslovak state; a commemorative brew called Republic is also due to be christened.
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Beds for napping?
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Radio Prague - Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin

Radio Prague - Passion for Operation Anthropoid has led me to every corner of Prague, says author and tour organiser John Martin | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Among the credits in the forthcoming movie Anthropoid is “Man at
assassination”. That man is John Martin, a Liverpudlian who was invited
to appear as an extra after several years of correspondence on Operation
Anthropoid with the film’s director and co-writer Sean Ellis. A stand-up
comedian by profession, Martin has for decades had a huge interest in the
incredibly daring assassination of Naz
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Hmm, Karin and I thought we were avid followers of this bit of history.  Yet nothing like this guy!
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10 of the best European cities for art nouveau

10 of the best European cities for art nouveau | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Art nouveau swept across Europe around the turn of the 20th century and was embraced by architects, graphic and interior designers and artists.
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My experience with art nouveau in Prague: http://parosparadise.com/CzechMates/2014/02/11/art-nouveau/
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Dripstone Wall

Dripstone Wall | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Countless grotesque faces stare out from this eerie Prague art wall.
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I have always wondered why someone would create such an ugly wall, let alone keep it.
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Prague Zoo to Make Elephant Poo Paper

Prague Zoo to Make Elephant Poo Paper | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
Does this paper smell funny? A mill at Prague Zoo that will turn elephant poop into paper is set to open in 2016, Prague - Czech Republic
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Yes, Prague has a great zoo and worth a visit any time of the year.
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Food Festivals Promotion 2016 - Czech Mates

Food Festivals Promotion 2016 - Czech Mates | Prague by Czech Mates | Scoop.it
One person's favourite food festivals in Prague supplemented with my reviews, comments, photos and video. Enjoy the best event food!
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My favourite part of Prague life:  food festivals.
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