Absinthe And Prague

Oct 29th, 2001, 01:33 PM
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Tyson
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Absinthe And Prague

I'm going to Prague in February for a week. I was wondering if anyone had any advice- Things I should see, The weather during Feb, where to get a glass of Absinthe etc etc. Any advice is appreciated.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 09:38 AM
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Tyson, Although I have never been to Prague I belive Absinthe has been outlawed in Europe for ages!! It was well know to cause people to go mad! Am I completely wrong with this?
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 10:21 AM
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It is legal in Spain
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 10:36 AM
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Wendy
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So is Pastis and Absinthe the same thing?
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 10:47 AM
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Pastis is like absinthe but minus the wormwood, made with anis and lots of other herbs. With pastis, a generic term for Pernod, Ricard, Prado, Garmier many other brands you pour cold or iced water and it turns milky. With absinthe, named the green fairy, it turs green and was usually drunk after ouring the water over a slotted spoon that held a sugar cube. Van Goth drank to much absinthe, the blamed it for his cutting off his ear, he was just crazy. Absinthe was first developed in Switzerland and banned about 1915. For more info, there is a wonderful book out.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 10:52 AM
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To keep the spelling or error police at bay,
I drank too much Pastis
mimi
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 10:56 AM
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Absinthe is readily available in most bars in Prague - and also a very popular buy at Ruyzne airport duty free.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 11:01 AM
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There is a new pastis out called Absinthe but no wormwood. Ricard is better.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 11:03 AM
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Mimi, you are a wealth of information! Enjoyed! Thank you! I still had no idea that it was still legal but now I do! Sorry Tyson for turning your question in a different direction!
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 11:06 AM
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No, pastis and absinthe are not the same thing. My advice is not to drink absinthe, and to get a good guidebook which will describe the usual top tourist attractions so you can decide what appeals to you. I would not go to any major city without a guidebook myself, as you will miss a lot and not be able to plan very well. There are several good online weather sites that give historical weather averages for major cities (I like Yahoo and the USAToday weather section). Absinthe is legal in Czech Rep and you can get it in most any bar.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 12:24 PM
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Time Out Prague has a good sidebar on drinking absinthe.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 12:26 PM
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Sheesh.
I kept wanting to post about Absinthe containing wormwood but all my brain could come up with was wood worm wood worm wood worm which isn't the same thing at all.
Agent 009 needs to reevaluate current operating efficiency levels in CPU unit.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 12:38 PM
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Can you bring Absinthe back from Prague to the states?
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 12:53 PM
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I recently went through Duty Free at LGW and saw Absinthe being sold very openly--so I imagine it is not quite the 'drug' it once was. It wasn't even that expensive, and they had a big poster promoting it!
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 12:56 PM
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The absinthe sold commonly now (in places such as the Duty Free) is a variant without the wormwood and not the same stuff which is banned in so many countries.
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 01:11 PM
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Kavey, ah ha! Finally the real truth! Thank you, I hd suspected as much!
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 01:15 PM
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Hi Wendy
As far as I know yes.
I think most countries in Europe have banned the older Absinthe and only the one without wormwood is now sold.
Someone mentioned somewhere that the name for the new one is something like Absenthe which I thought was a cool play on the word Absent.
I don't know about the stuff they sell specifically in Czech duty free, as I don't know if that country has also banned wormwood Absinthe and so on.
I don't know where to check either but you might be able to look up Absinthe on Google and see if it takes you any further?
Kavey
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 01:19 PM
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Looks like the original with wormwood and all can be bought on the internet.

I searched for absinthe czech on google and found a number of sites.

Kavey
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 01:22 PM
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Sorry I will go now...

But check http://www.mgm.com/deceiver/stories/absinthe.html

Kavey
 
Oct 31st, 2001, 02:14 PM
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The book I mention has very interesting photos and reproductions of paintings of absinthe drinkers by so many great artists.
Barnaby Conrad
ABSINTHE
History in a Bottle chronicle books
 

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