Prague March 2, 2006

Old Dec 24th, 2005, 08:47 AM
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Depending on your budget, you could also consider the apartment/hotel we stayed at 15 mins from Charles bridge on the Old Town side. We were there for the weekend so no problem with a short stay and the apartments are excellent and beds comfortable.

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Old Dec 24th, 2005, 08:08 PM
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We stayed at the Cloister Inn in the Old Town last month and walked everywhere on the east side of the Charles Bridge. Comfortable beds, good breakfast, staff spoke English. Coffee and internet in the lobby.
Went to the National Theatre (a 7-minute walk) to see the ballet Onegin and paid just US$1 for our seats (the last ones remaining - but in the last row of the balcony).
I also recommend a 3 to 4-hour city tour and a Wittman tour of the Jewish Quarter.
Do not go to highly over-priced concerts at the Municipal House.
Google in "10-day forecast for Prague" and then check for historical weather in March.
Have a great trip.
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Old Jan 25th, 2006, 01:31 AM
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To all,
I'm blown away by the knowledge, experience and joy you all seem to have in sharing it. Thank you, thank you. My itinerary is filling in nicely with such great, trusting tips.

Don Giovanni where it debuted? Nice.

Any experience with straight-ahead Jazz clubs? Less soft jazz, more Bebop, blues, Trio's, Jam sessions?

Thanks in advance.

p.s. this is my first trip to Europe!
LAX to London to Prague
4 nights Prague
3 " Krakow
5 nights Budapest
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We are going to Czech Republic next month and were advised that we must have a medical card stating we have 35,000.00 of medical insurance.
Maybe you will want to check this out.
I used the Czech site and got some ideas on where to purchase the insurance.
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Old Jan 25th, 2006, 09:26 AM
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LarryR2 - AghaRTA is straight ahead jazz. I saw Branford Marsalis at Reduta one summer, but I was just lucky! lol!
Almost all the other clubs will have what I call "pop" jazz - or jazz for the masses. Look in the Prague Post,In Your Pocket, or other mags/papers that list shows for ideas about specific performers. I would just show up to the venue & pay the cover, rather than getting a ticket through an agency, if an ad has info about where to book a ticket. There are always extra fees involved, and, even with Branford, I could have just bought a ticket at the venue. Which nights will you be in Prague? If acts are already booked & advertised, I might know some of them, and be able to give better advice...
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Thanks for the info. I'll czech (heh ehh) with the Consulate here.

Thanks for the info on AghaRTA.
The forum at offered up some advice Krakow & Budapest so, I'm covered. I'll be in Prague 3/29 to 4/2. Reason I mentioned jam session: I play bass, lately mostly upright and it would be a thrill to sit-in with some locals. Sounds like you play too.
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Maybe I wasn't clear in my last post. I'm a bit cyber-deficient.

I'll check out the local "rags" you suggested and yes, absolutely I'd be interested in any advice on acts you may know who're playing in Prague whilst I'm there. Thanks man.
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Hey Larry (and everyone else!)

I'm a violinist, and go to Prague each summer for a chamber music festival. I've been in the city several times during the main season, though, so I've checked out the music scene when it's in full swing.

I just re-read my post & noticed some bad info - I actually saw Branford & his guys at Lucerna, not Reduta. Reduta is where Bill Clinton played when he was in Prague, and that is the place where I saw some Americans sitting in (on piano) when I was jazz clubbing. It's on Narodni (same street as the National Theater).

Anyway, I'm swamped with gigs this week, so I'll post back after I check out your website (Larry), and I'll do some research on who'll be in the clubs. Take it easy - Ann Marie

PS - there's also an upright bass maker from the US who has a shop in Old Town Square, or near there. Maybe you'd want to stop in. I'll dig up his name.
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Old Feb 24th, 2006, 05:46 AM
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thank you to everyone for all their valuable advice and suggestions!!! It is truly appreciated. We almost had to cancel this trip because of family emergency so i have not visited this post in some time but fortunatley the trip is on!! We were able to get hilton points so we will be staying there, also, we have added one more day! We have a pretty good idea what we will be doing but i have one last question i need help on. We want to take one day trip outside Prague and are trying to decide between a half day tour to KARLSTEJN CASTLE or a full day trip to Cesky Krumlov - UNESCO. The Castle in the trip to Cesky Krumlov is closed during winter so instead the tour is also going to CESKE BUDEJOVICE. Does anyone have any recommendations?
The rest of our trip includes:
thursday: arrive, getting acquainted by walking, seeing Chris Rea in the evening
friday: concentrate on Jewish quarter and see old town area and see a classical concert in evening
saturdy: concentrate on Castle and other major sights we did not see on thursday and see Prague at night on boat
sunday - day trip in question.

Again, thank you for all your help everyone.
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 01:51 AM
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Luv2c, I know you are in the final stages of planning, and you must be so excited!

About "KARLSTEJN CASTLE or a full day trip to Cesky Krumlov - UNESCO": We have not been to Karlstejn, but two weekends ago, DH and I drove to Cesky Krumlov on our own day trip. Evidently, it is very interesting in the summer with musicians, etc, but our trip was highly disappointing. Since the castle is closed, all that is open is the souvenir shops, etc. It felt like a major tourist trap. Ceske Budejovice is another town that we passed on the way home, and from our observations, it is a highly industrial little town. Perhaps they have a nice square, but it didn't look too enticing to us.

I would suggest that you go with Karlstejn....

Just a thought.

Have a great trip!!!
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Old Feb 27th, 2006, 09:54 AM
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Thanks MacPrague. We ended up booking a tour to Cesky Krumlov after all, so I will hope for the best! The weather doesn't look too bad either.
Yes, I am SO excited to see Prague!!!
I hope you had a great trip 2 weeks ago!!! thanks again
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She was in Prague this past March, but you receive an A+ for good intentions.
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Old Jun 27th, 2006, 10:41 AM
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Jay - I'll still give you an A for a timely post. Maybe not for luv2c but it is timely for me because I'll be visiting in a couple months. I'm copying your very useful post for my own use - I'm glad you posted.
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