They love their beer

Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
Trip End Aug 11, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Czech people love their beer. They boast that they have the highest consumption of beer per capita in the world – 160 litres per person per year.  We have felt obliged to try some of it to see how it compares with the Aussie brews and the other European beers we regularly drink at home……and I have to say it's pretty good.  The Monks have a microbrewery at their Strahov Monastery not far from Prague Castle.  We went there for lunch yesterday and tried their Wheat Beer and their India Pale Ale (we met more Aussies there then we have collectively seen elsewhere).   Day one I tried the Kuzek, last night I had a crack at the Pilsner Urquell, and today left with little choice given the café we were at on the Vltava River (with views to Charles Bridge and muso in the background) I tried the Staropramen.  They have a large variety of "Black Beer" akin to Guinness but being of Irish decent I have decided to give them a miss……..the Guinness………..the original and the best.

Before leaving the “beer “story the other thing that is interesting is that it is the cheapest item on any menu in any café, bar or restaurant.  Cheaper than water, coffee, orange juice, soft drink or wine………… I guess the local view is…………why not drink it?  Why not indeed…….

Last night we dined at a restaurant (in the open air courtyard of a small hotel with a jazz trio for background) and tried a couple of local dishes.  The most common local dish is Goulash which according to an Australian couple we ran into who DM knows (Craig and Lindell Sherrin – TAFE folk - you will know who he is) is pretty good – maybe tonight/maybe not!!!  Anyway I tried the pork knuckle and DM the duck.  Hugh meals and as tasty as.  They came accompanied by the local favourite vegetables……………none, zilch, zero.  Vegies are not big here.  It is meat and meat.  We were able to order from a range of “sides”…….six different versions of potato.  NWS the food tasted great particularly with a glass of the local white (after I had finished my beer of course).   

Because of the lack of sunshine and summer here the grapes don’t have a lot of time to ripen so most of their wines are dry but not too bad just the same.

Yesterday we explored Prague Castle, the Monastery and Charles Bridge.  The Castle includes St Vitus Cathedral, the Powder Tower and St Wenceslas Cathedral.   An amazing part of Prague history and certainly one of the top three sites to visit, the others being Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square.  Some parts of these date back to the 9th century and it is incredible to think of the history that they have seen.

Today we caught our bus to an area a couple of klms from the Vysehrad area which is not so much on the tourist agenda and walked uphill (reminded me of why I walked up Summerhill drive so often before we left) to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul built in 1070.  A wonderful spot with much history (of course) at which we found our first decent coffee and got a great view of the Prague Castle.  We then walked back to our hotel – not sure of the actual distance but we passed eight bridges over the river Vltava.  We stopped for lunch at the café I mentioned earlier, down off the street, right on the water, with views across the river to the Castle and the Charles Bridge.  We were entertained by a very talented young bloke playing guitar and singing.  Food was cheap and fantastic.  Met a young Aussie couple who are heading to Italy soon and intend to drive around for 9 days.  He has no idea what he is in for but I did suggest a Navwoman would be a good idea particularly given his lady was very confident in her navigation skills – she ain’t seen nothing like driving and navigating in Italy………..ahhh good luck to them. 

We then walked back through the Jewish area which is adjacent to where we are staying.   It is the former Jewish Ghetto now a thriving area housing the best labels you can buy in Europe… Prada, Dolce a Cabanna, Cartier, Fendi, Dior etc and in amongst it all the Jewish cemetery and museum which we decided we would go and see tomorrow.  Enough ……….until another day.  Cheers Peter

Kate have a look at the photo below. 

Ben you should check out the video clip. 

DB – you should do a side trip here next year.

PS  Music and theatre are huge here.   Every restaurant and bar has live music and there are concerts and theatre productions on across the city nightly.  We thought we might take one in before we leave.
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kateandsam on

Yesssssssssssssssssss! What an excellent addition to the collection! I am just heading off to my DJs orientation in the freezing cold and that has certainly brightened my day. Thanks Mum and Dad. :)

Ali & Nick Trompf on

Fab jazz band. Maybe you could entice them back as the entertainment for the Amateurs Ball!!!! You're both looking very well and are obviously enjoying yourselves. Keep it up. Ali & Nick xoxox

Shayne on

Pete and Donna, Loved reading about your time in Prague, and so glad you enjoyed it. You have even educated me a bit more on some of the history of the city. Hope you got to take in a concert. Carolyn and i went to one near the cathedral, up beyond the castle, was awesome. Looks like you had fab weather- no jumpers. Take care and drive safely. I should have prept you on Italian drivers before you left, never mind, you survived.
Luv Shayne.xx

Sandie on

Navwoman... Heheheheh... Love the detail in your blogs, really feel like I could be there, must be so fabulous!

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