Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The Old Town Square and the nearby Charles Bridge (more than 600 years old) offered amazing sights of wonderful architectural structures that are rich in history and culture.
After spending an evening soaking up the fabulous medieval-ish European atmosphere, I've decided that I cannot adequately capture the moment in words. Unfortunately, my poor skills with the camera don't do justice to the pictures I've taken either.
As the evening draws on, it got colder (around 5 degrees) and we were inadequately clothed. Taking the recommendation of our taxi driver, we found a local restaurant that is "less touristy" to take our dinner near the square.
Here's some pictures that do the Czech historical sites gross injustice...but anyway... (I'm going to add comments later).
Streets Around the Hotel
A type of Czech architectural styles
Big Loreal office building and store: Eat you heart out, ladies!
Around the Old Town
Dancing Building named after Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers: Could you guess who is who?
Old Town Square
Approach to Old Town Square
It's romantic to walk to Old Town Square in the Evening
The Astronomical Clock Tower in Old Town Square
Old Town Square
Astronomical Clock & Tyn Cathedral
Jan Hus Memorial
Great looking building
Doorway to Tyn Cathedral
A puppet shop
Another nice building - Byzantine syle?
Stone carved decorations
View of Prague Castle from Charles Bridge
My Algerian Colleague
Dinner @ Apetit
A recommendation from the cabbie
Traditional beef meatball soup
Bohemian style beef with dumplings (the white bread-ish thingie on top
Trufito or something...Nice!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
My flight to Prague was an ultra early flight via a long transit of 5 hours in Istanbul. It was reminiscent of my first flight to Algeria where I reported for work for the first time in late 2005. I was similarly stuck in Istanbul airport for quite a while then.
As I've only just checked in (I'm blogging from the hotel business center), I've yet to see the splendor of Prague, a much touted city of architectural and historical marvel.
Since tomorrow's business itinerary will be starting a bit late, I'm waiting the arrival of another co-worker before planning to catch a glimpse of some of the interesting places that Prague can offer later in the evening and tomorrow morning. And of course, to have a glass of the famous local pilsner while I'm at it. Meanwhile, enjoy some pictures here...
Ripping off the hotel postcard ^^''
Main building of Hotel Movenpick, my hotel, is in the foreground. Looks like a school doesn't it?
Lobby of the main building
Says here I need to take the cable car to the executive wing. Same car as seen in the hotel postcard.
Glimpse of my room
I'm about to raid the minibar!!!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Looks like a 5-foot way entrance, ain't it?
Raise the red lanterns
The Manchurian Candidate?
Paintings of the four seasons
This is obviously no "Rush Hour".
Asian usually dine around 6pm, we arrived way ahead of the dinner crowd.
Eat Drink Man Woman: Hungry and expectant customers
Springrolls that was tad too oily, as characteristic of Northern Chinese cooking.
Hot and Sour soup, which was neither hot (my standards) nor sour at all. But it still taste good.
Huay Guo Ruo, refried pork slices
Teppan Yaki beef, Chinese style. This dish was rare in this region.
"Fried Rice Paradise"*. This was the worst dish of all. The taste was a little bland. So no, I didn't go to paradise after eating this. (*Name of a popular Singaporean musical)
Smiling customer = Happy customer
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Almost couldn't refrain from bursting out in laughter.
Parking Idiots in Singapore: covers reader contributions before 2007
Singapore Parking Idiots: covers reader contributions after 2007
I'm just glad to know that I'm not alone out there...
Anyone interested to start a blog about parking & driving idiots in Algeria.