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Author: Linda Williams (page 2 of 2)

Lamborghini Pasta Cafe in Prague

Lamborghini Pasta Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in Prague. Lamborghini’s location is very convenient as it is only 5 minutes walking distance from Old Town Square, 15 minutes walking distance from Charles Bridge and about 10 minutes walking distance from one of my favorite hotels in Prague, Modra Ruze. You would think that Lamborghini’s location will make it one of those typically overpriced Prague’s restaurants where you will not eat well unless you spend close to a $100 for a dinner for two. You will be surprised to hear the exact opposite!

This cozy, Italian style restaurant/cafe is hidden which makes it more of a local hang out rather than a tourist spot. And that’s what makes Lamborghini so wonderful! The prices are not jacked up to scam tourists. An average price for a pasta dish is about 180CZE. You get exactly what you paid for and much more! The food is wonderful and the portions are just perfect. My favorite pasta dish is served with Neapol’s meat ragu.

Lamborghini’s pasta dish with meat ragu

Lamborghini’s selection of wine compliments the food items on the menu. An average price for wine is about 80CZE.

Tea lovers should try Lamborghini’s mate tea served with lemon and honey for just 65CZE. It is absolutely delicious, highly recommended and since it is caffeinated, it will give you that additional buzz to continue exploring Prague. One fun fact – mate tea contains about 90% more antioxidants than green tea.

And if you cannot find anything on the menu that would satisfy you, you can always refer to the daily specials handwritten on the chalk board.

For those who have a sweet tooth, Lamborghini has a display of fresh deserts. The selection changes every day as the deserts are delivered fresh every morning. One desert, that is out of this world is Czech vetrnik (I tried to translate ”vetrnik” into English, but calling a desert a “wind” or “windy” doesn’t sound too appetizing). Vetrnik is not always available, but when it is, oh my! You must try it! It is pretty big and can be shared, it has a caramel glaze and cream filling with zero calories.

Czech vetrnik

Lamborghini’s atmosphere is casual and quite laid back. The restaurant has a smoking and a non-smoking section, which is a huge plus! You may not be aware, but Prague still allows smoking in restaurants which can completely ruin your meal if you are    a non-smoker. Another great benefit is a children’s corner filled with toys for your children to play with during dinner. It keeps them occupied and gives you the “luxury” of actually eating dinner. The last interesting fun fact about Lamborghini is that the restaurant is visited by Czech artists, actors and other celebrities. During my recent trip to Prague, one night we sat right next to a famous Czech actress, Ivana Chylkova and the following night we sat across from a bunch of models enjoying their night out. It was pretty cool!

Czech out Lamborghini Pasta Cafe when you are in Prague! Your taste buds and your wallet will be very appreciative!

 

Great Lunch in Prague for under 400CZE and Much More

Did you know you can enjoy lunch for two on a boat with the view of Charles Bridge, Lesser Town and the Prague Castle for under 400 CZE? When my tour guide, Helen, suggested lunch on a boat in the middle of Prague, I hesitated. I was certain I would be digging deep in my pocket at the end of our meal. It was a gorgeous Spring day, my conversation with Helen about the history of Prague was splendid, so I figured why not? I work hard, I can play hard too.

 

Helen and I walked through Old Town Square all the way to the bank of river Vltava and there we found Marina Grosseto Ristorante, a boat that was converted into a restaurant. My first impression was PRICELESS! I loved what I was seeing as it felt like I was standing in a picture of an advertising magazine.

Marina Grosseto Ristorante in Prague

We were greeted by a hostess as soon as we walked in. “Inside or out?”, she asked. We opted for eating out on a deck. The restaurant had a lovely modern design perfectly suitable for the location – wooden tables, wooden chairs, B-B-Q, and a bar in the middle of the deck. Every table on the deck had a amazing view of Prague’s two most iconic historical sites- Charles Bridge and Prague’s Castle. Our waiter approached the table almost immediately. He was smiling, welcoming and asked if we had any questions about the lunch menu. Then he gave us a few minutes to decide. I couldn’t make a decision and when I mentioned to him that I was counting my calories and working hard on eliminating carbs out of my diet, he responded back with a very educated suggestion: “You should have the roasted chicken with vegetables, menu item xy. And don’t eat the bread that’s on the table! Stick with the protein for now and have a salad for dinner.” I was very impressed with not only his patience and caring value, but his delivery and eye contact. He was funny, entertaining, knowledgeable, respectful and he understood and met our needs. Not for nothing, but the customer service industry in Prague and the Czech Republic is not really the best in the world. Sometime you feel like you are actually bothering staff when asking to be waited on in a timely and courteous manner. It’s a shame, but restaurants like Marina Grosseto keep me hopeful that Prague’s customer service industry is on the rise and will continue heading in this positive direction.

 Our Lunch at Marina Grosseto Ristorante, Prague

My lunch – Roasted Chicken and Vegatables

Helen’s lunch – Salmon Salad

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The food was delicious! My chicken had a perfect blend of spice and the veggies were nicely sauteed and seasoned. Helen enjoyed her salmon salad with a tall glass of cold Czech beer. I really wanted to try a desert to go with my double presso, but I felt guilty. I didn’t want to disappoint our waiter after all his time and effort of suggesting a meal that would fit my low carb diet.  Splurging on a 500 calorie desert just didn’t seem right. I also wanted to mention that the day we ate at Marina Grosseto Ristorante they were playing a perfect collection from the 90s. Since I am a big fan, eating, chatting, enjoying the amazing view of Prague while listening to Pet Shop Boys and Tina Turner just seemed like a cherry on top of a delicious cake.

I highly recommend Marina Grosseto Ristorante and hope you have a memorable experience as well. And when you do, come back and let us know your story. Until then, Bon Apetite!

Great Golf Course Just Three Hours From Prague

My family and I spent the weekend in Silherovice. We went for a walk around the chateau park one afternoon. The weather was lovely with the temperature around 21 degrees Celsius. We walked by a fully restored and renovated Rothschild’s Hunting Lodge dating back to the 18th century.

The Lodge has been converted into a restaurant. The mood was great and so we decided to splurge a little and made a reservation for all 12 of us for the following night. Why not, we all thought. Why not get a feel for what it used to be like dining with the royalty? The dining room was a smaller room with about 7 tables. One of the tables, which ended up being our table, was round and big enough for 14 people. I’ve never seen or sat at table of this size before! There was a fire place and a big mirror in the middle of the room. When I walked in I truly felt like I was walking into the 19th century. I could feel the history around me!

The restaurant staff was nice, polite and attentive. Drinks were served immediately, hors d’oeuvres, compliments of the chef came soon after. Our food was cooked to order and it took about 30 minutes for it to be served -perfect time to enjoy our appetizers and great conversation with everyone around the table. The food was served on big white plates creating a perfect contrast with the cherry wood walls and dark brown furniture. I ordered a smoked salmon with julienne and grilled vegetables, my partner ordered a dear dish similar to goulash with roasted potatoes. The presentation looked fabulous! My salmon was cooked to perfection, nice and juicy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. My grilled vegetables had a little too much salt for my taste, but I was the only one who had that feeling. The julienne vegetables were glazed and had chutney like consistence. I loved them! My partner’s deer dish was served in a cream sauce with a light touch of spice. The meat was tender and would fall apart when he cut into it. A few of us ordered a typical Czech specialty – beef tartar. I can honestly say that I have never seen a better and fresher looking beef tartar before! The meat was as red as the cherry walls. Even though I don’t eat raw meat, I could tell my family enjoyed it very much. My sister opted for the sweet dumpling pockets filled with farmer cheese and garnished with melted butter and powder sugar. I think even Emeril would give this dinner a Thumbs up! It was a great dinner in a beautifully decorated, historical restaurant with a lovely staff and certainly a great chef. As far as the price goes, we paid what we expected to pay. Dinner for two (excluding alcohol) was 640 CZE.

 Our dinner at the Hunting Lodge

Beef tartar

Deer with roasted potatoes

Salmon with roasted and julienne vegetables

Dining room at the Lodge. The big round table fits 14 people, working fire place and the mirror is in the middle of the room.

We signed up our kids (my niece and nephew) to take a few golf lessons at the Park Golf Club school for children. Their lesson was scheduled for the following day. As a proud auntie, I was curious to see how they teach and motive 4-year olds to play golf. The golf Instructor was a lovely young woman called Sylva. She had 6 children in her group. When we showed up at the driving range, she had already been waiting with all the bells and whistles. I was very impressed by her approach to the children. She was encouraging, patient, sweet, called every child by their first name, and she seemed to have a perfect balance of rewarding and correcting all the activities the children were performing. My nephew was a bit hesitant and shy when we brought him in, but Sylva’s nurturing personality and welcoming smile made him feel comfortable enough to join the group and participate. After almost an hour of stretching, putting and hitting the ball, the lesson was over. One last time, the kids were rewarded. This time with candy. Excited, they ran to us and couldn’t stop sharing their experience with us. It was so cute!

Golf lessons with Sylva

Learning to hold the club

My nephew Jakub with his golf instructor

Park Golf Club SilheroviceClick on the link and watch a video of the little munchkins playing golf with their golf instructor.

 

I was so impressed by the club and the chateau park I did a little bit of digging about the history of the town and the estates. The Rothschild’s Chateau, standing in the middle of the English style chateau park, was built around 1815. The park was finished five years later and since its conception many rare trees from around the world have been brought in and planted there making the park unique and almost exotic looking.

The Rothschild’s Estates survived not only centuries of changes, but the communist era as well. Several very expensive restoration projects had to be completed in the recent years to bring this national treasure back to its original historical look. Today, the town of Silherovice belongs to one of the most charming and sought after historical cities in the Czech Republic.

Another view of the golf course with the Rothschild’s Chateau in the background.

 

The golf course was built around 1970. It is 5,742 meters long with a par of 72. It is located in the actual chateau park and offers breathtaking views of the park, the Rothschild’s Chateau and the Hunting Lodge. The course is maintained at its top quality as it has become one of the prime locations for local and foreign pro-golfers. In addition, several tournaments and championships are hosted here each year bringing a much needed pubic and world awareness to this gorgeous, sometimes forgotten, area of Northern Moravia.

The golf course is known for its difficult, somewhat hilly and curvy terrain. The park trees beautifully line up the course as well as grow in the middle of the course, in the path of the green. Common advice from those who have already played here is to get to know the course before you play to achieve best results. But I guess this advice is applicable to playing at any new course.

Map of the golf course – Park Golf Club

Even though you will end up playing a challenging round of golf, the reward after is more than worth the sweat. The Clubhouse is located in the former Greenhouse/Orangery overlooking a pond and the golf course. Absolutely gorgeous! You can eat there or you can walk/drive a few minutes to the other side of the park and enjoy a lovely meal in the Hunting Lodge .

Club House is located in the historical orangery and overlooking the course.

Since it is unrealistic driving all the way from Prague, playing a round of golf and driving back to Prague, I highly recommend Hotel Golf Silherovice  as your overnight option turning your day of golf into a weekend long excursion. The hotel is not a typical 5 star hotel you may be used from Prague. It’s cozy, charming and certainly most convenient as it is located right on the 18th hole. The hotel has about 20 rooms, one apartment and a swimming pool. The hotel staff is quite savvy when it comes to offering entertainment for your family members or an evening out on the town.

Hotel Golf Silherovice located right on the golf course.

 

 

Interesting facts about the Czech Golf, the town of Silherovice and the Rothschild family.

1. On November 23, 2006, the Czech Republic was declared ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year’ at the 7th IAGTO Awards held during the International Golf Travel Market in Marbella, Spain.

2. The history of the Chateau dates back to the late 18th century. At that time the Eichendorff family built the Chateau Šilheřovice in the place of a former Renaissance fortress. Originally, it was a classical palace, which was later renovated into its pseudo-baroque style. The Rothschild’s owned the Chateau for almost hundred years (from 1844 to 1945). The Chateau has three wings and two floors. An accessory building, richly decorated and as tall as the Chateau is at each wing. After World War Two, the building was used as a youth home, a mining apprentice training school and later as a training center for students in the hospitality industry. The Chateau was sold in 2008 and the much needed extensive reconstruction work finally began.

3. The Rothschild family is a European family of German Jewish origin that established European banking and finance houses in the late 18th century. The earliest record of Rothschilds in Northern Moravia is from 1774 when Salomon Meyer Rothschild was born. Rothschild in Ostrava are linked to the construction of the railway from Vienna to Bochnia (Poland). Realizing profits, the Rothschilds purchased several estates in nearby Bohumín, Šilheřovice and Hlučín. Salomon Meyer became Ostrava’s most influential business man of the 19th century.  Salomon’s son Anselm inherited all his father’s assets and as a capable business himself, earned a position of dominance among Ostrava’s mine-owners. It was Anselm Rothschild himself who reconstructed the family Chateau in Silherovice. Anselm’s son Albert Nathanel Rothschild was appointed as the owner of all the family assets after his father’s death. Albert was a huge humanitarian and he generously donated to various humanitarian institutions. After his death in 1911, Dr. Alfons Rothchild stepped up as the family leader. His family resided in the Chateau and managed Silherovice until 1938 caring for the locals and generating plenty of job opportunities. The Rothschilds helped to establish the school, the church, the fire house and the retirement home called Anselm Institution. During World War II, the entire Northern Moravian region became a part of the German Reich and the Šilheřovice estate was transferred under sequestration. At that time, the Rothschild family left the town and the country.

 

Best Tour Guide in Prague

It has been a while since my last lunch date with a complete stranger. One of my colleagues back in the United Stated highly recommended this young woman as my tour guide in Prague. Being that I am from Prague and my expectations tent to be very high, I didn’t know what to expect. I connected with Helen, the tour guide on Facebook. We exchanged a few emails with some very basic information and agreed to meet by Orloj, Old Town Square, right in the middle of Prague around 1pm. Helen got back in touch with me the day before our meeting and proposed meeting around 11ish as her morning had freed up. Even though I had great references about Helen and had spoken to her via Facebook, I still wasn’t sure if she would even show up. Around 11am I got a text message from her asking me what my location was. I happened to be standing right in the middle of Old Town Square. I started looking around looking for Helen. In about two minutes I saw this lovely young woman heading in my direction. I knew immediately that it was her. My friend described her as fun, bubbly, personable and extremely hip. He was right! Helen walked up to me smiling, introduced herself and welcomed me to Prague. I was so relieved! Not only that she was right on time, pleasant with great manners, she seemed really cool! I was excited as I knew I was about to spend a great afternoon in Prague with a wonderful tour guide, Helen.

We started walking. Around noon I was feeling hungry. I asked Helen to recommend a restaurant where we could have a nice, inexpensive lunch. I was curious to see what place in the entire Prague she would suggest. It was a beautiful day. The temperature must have been close to 20 degrees Celsius. You can only imagine the hundred s of cafés that were opened that day in Prague for all the tourists to enjoy. Helen picked this place right on the bank of river Vltava, overlooking Charles Bridge and the Prague’s Castle. From the moment I saw the place I could tell that Helen had a great taste. We sat outside. The food was delicious, conversation wonderful and the setting absolutely breathtaking! Right there, I knew Helen was not only a knowledgeable, bright young woman, but a very intuitive one. She read me and my personality to the T and picked a place that was exactly what I had in mind!

As I have mentioned above, I could tell right away that my day with Helen would be fun just by observing her behavior and demeanor. I was even more impressed by her when I learned about her life journey and how she ended up in Prague. Born in Ukraine, Helen studied in Kiev and earned her degree in editing. As a graduate, she was earning “whopping” $300-$400 a month working for a company in Kiev. To no one’s surprise, Helen’s aspirations and dreams were almost impossible to achieve under those conditions and so she made a tough decision to leave everything behind and move to Prague. Helen worked in a restaurant and retail business before she decided to pursue her family tradition – tourism. She became certified as Prague’s tour guide and made it her career. She has now been living in Prague for 6 years. She mastered her Czech and had I not known she was a foreigner, I wouldn’t have guessed she wasn’t from Prague. Her language skills have impressed me even more when we started speaking English – perfect grammar and no accent. In addition to Czech and English, I learned Helen is also fluent in Finish and of course in her mother tongue, Russian.

Helen’s knowledge about Prague, its art, history and the people, her passion for what she does make her a perfect tour guide I would highly recommend to everyone. She can be hired for individual or group tours. If you are thinking of getting a tour guide while in Prague, you must contact her. You will love her!

 

A Few Czech Phrases For Your Trip To Prague

Since Prague is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world, most locals speak English, German or French. If you are planning a trip to Prague, the language barrier shouldn’t really be of a concern. Learning to speak Czech isn’t easy as Czech language is very difficult, complex and I find it hard on the ears. However, with that said, if you make it a point to learn a few Czech words and phrases, you will find it much easier to start conversations, build relationships and ask for help. Czech people are quite reserved and suspicious. Your sincere effort to start a conversation in Czech can work as an excellent ice-breaker. So, don’t delay the proces and Czech it out!

Czech is spoken pretty much the same way as it’s written. The Czech alphabet is the same as the English one except for a few exemptions. This means that once you’ve learned the basic pronunciation rules, you should have a pretty good idea of how any word sounds.

Czech Alphabet and Pronunciation

  Letter  Pronunciation
 a like u in cup but clearer
Á á a lengthened as in mama
B b same as in English
C c ts as in cats
Č č ch as in Czech
D d same as in English
Ď ď like dy in duty
E e e as in set
É é e lengthened; something like the a   in care
Ě ě y before e; when after m an n is   inserted before e
F f same as in English
G g g as in good
H h h as in hand
Ch like German ch as in Bach
I i i as in pit; same as y
Í í i lengthened as in meet;   same as ý
J j y as in yes
K k same as in English
L l same as in English
M m same as in English
N n same as in English
Ň ň y after n; like ny in new
O o o as in lost
Ó ó o lengthened as in lawn or   call
P p same as in English
Q q another rare letter found only in   borrowed words
R r rolled a bit, but don’t overdo it!
Ř ř pronounced sort of like an r with   ž; this is the most difficult sound in Czech
S s same as in English
Š š sh as in shell
T t same as in English
Ť ť like ty in Tuesday
U u oo as in book put
Ů ů u lengthened; oo as in school
Ú ú same as ů; usually used only at   the beginning of a word
V v same as in English
W w same as in English, but this   letter is only found in borrowed foreign words
X x Another rare letter found only in   foreign words
Y y same as i; i as in sit
Ý ý y lengthened; same as í

Helpful Czech Phrases

GREETINGS

  • Hello – Dobrý den
  • Hello (informal) – Ahoj
  • Good Bye – Na shledanou
  • Good Evening – Dobry večer
  • Good Night – Dobrou noc

CONVERSATIONS

  • Yes  – Ano
  • Yes (informal) – Jo or No
  • No – Ne
  • My name is… – Jmenuji se…
  • What is your name? – Jaké je vaše jméno?
  • Nice to meet you. – Těší mě.
  • How are you? – Jak se máte?
  • I’m fine, thank you. – Mám se dobře, děkuji.
  • Excuse me – S dvolením
  • Sorry! – Promintě!
  • Thank you! – Dekuji!
  • Please/You’re welcome – Prosím (The word “Prosim” has both meanings. The meaning is easily recognized based on the context of the conversation)
  • Can I help you? – Máte přání?
  • I understand – Rozumím
  • I don’t understand – Nerozumím
  • Do you speak English? – Mluvíte anglicky?
  • I don’t speak Czech. – Nemluvím česky.
  • Please speak slowly – Mluvte pomalu, prosím
  • I don’t speak Czech – Nemluvím Česky
  • How much is it? – Kolík to stoji?
  • Can you help me? – Můžete mi pomoct?
  • Entrance – Vchod
  • Exit – Východ

DINING OUT

  • Is this seat taken? – Je tady volno?
  • I would like… – Ja sí dam…
  • Enjoy! – Dobrou chuť!
  • Cheers – Na zdraví
  • One beer, please – Jedno pivo, prosím
  • Two beers, please – Dvě piva, prosím
  • Where is the toilet? – Kde je záchod?
  • Check, please! – Zaplatíme!
  • Together or separately? – Dohromady nebo zvlášť?

TRANSPORTATION

  • Where is the bus station / bus stop? – Kde je autobusové nádraží / autobusová zastávka?
  • Where is the train station? – Kde je vlakové nádraží?
  • Where is the subway station? – Kde je stanice metra?
  • Next stop… – Příští zastávka….
  • Finish boarding and deplaning, the doors are closing. – Ukončete výstup a nástup, dveře se zavírají!

DIRECTIONS

  • Excuse me, where is the ….? – Prosím vás, kde je …..?
  • Turn right / left. – Zahněte doprava / doleva.
  • Straight. – Rovně.

EMERGENCY

  • Fire! – Hoří!
  • Help! – Pomoct!
  • Thief! – Zloděj!
  • I’m not feeling well. – Není mi dobře.
  • Call an ambulance / a doctor! – Zavolejte sanitku / lékaře!
  • Call the police! – Zavolejte policii!
  • Where is the police station? – Kde je policejní stanice?

NUMBERS

  • 0 – nula
  • 1 – jeden
  • 2 – dva
  • 3 – tři
  • 4 – čtyři
  • 5 – pět
  • 6 – šest
  • 7 – sedm
  • 8 – osm
  •  9 – devět
  • 10 – deset

If you’d like to learn more Czech words and phrases for your trip to Prague, check out this Czech website – Local Lingo. It is pretty cool!

Krasnou dovolenou v Praze preje Prague At First Sight! – Prague At First Sight wishes you a wonderful vacation in Prague!

360 View Of Prague Just 138 Steps Away

Did you know that only 138 stairs separate you from a gorgeous 360 view of Prague? Yes, indeed! This observation deck on the top of Old Town Bridge Tower is among the best places to see Prague from up and above. The tower has several floors offering two different exhibitions for an admission fee of 75 CZE. A small exhibition and a video explaining the astronomical and astrological symbolism of Charles Bridge and the bridge tower is located on the first floor. The second floor offers a collection of photographs of the restoration of the tower’s east face, and a display of historical costumes and jewels. And the amazing observation deck is located at the top.

 

View from the Old Town Bridge Tower

TIP – you will SAVE MONEY on your admission if you purchase a ticket for both Towers (the Old Town Bridge Tower and the Lesser Town Bridge Tower) A ticket to both observation decks is only 100 CZE where paying separately it will end up costing you 150 CZE.

 

HISTORY
The Old Town Bridge Tower is considered a gateway between Old Town district and Charles Bridge. Designed by Peter Parler, the architect of the Charles Bridge, this 64 meter tall Gothic Tower was built between 1370 and 1391 as part of the fortification system around the Old Town. Once decorated on both the east and west facade, the sculptures on the west facade were damaged during a siege by Swedish troops in 1648 and subsequently removed. Tourists can still enjoy the sculptures decorations on the east facade that survived centruries of wars and natural disasters. The coat of arms of all the lands that were part of the Bohemian Kingdom as well as the kingfisher, the symbol of King Wenceslas IV are located directly above the arch. The three statues above the coat of arms are the patron saint of Bohemia – Saint Vitus; King Charles IV is in the center, King Wenceslas IV to his right. The two additional statues at the top of the tower are Saint Sigismund and Saint Vojtech (Adalbert).

 

 

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