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When I first came to Prague I used to live with a good friend in Koblisy and one of our favourite areas to visit when we didn't feel like taking the tram into the centre was Holesovice. It has everything in or around its vicinty: parks, galleries, zoo, museums, theme park and the list goes on and it is also cheaper and less touristy. A lot of my friends live in Prague 7, and if you haven't been to Letna, had a cheap Staropramen in a plastic glass and seen the fantastic views of Prague then what are you waiting for. If you visit Letna you can't help but notice how many Non-Czech sounding conversations you can hear. It is a buzz of expat conversations, games of American football and frisbie golf, roller skating, pogo sticking and many other pursuits and if Letna is easy to find just look for the giant metronome swinging from side to side, occasionally still, at the end of Revolucni and there it is. The metronome has been there since 1991 and before that it was the home of a pirate radio station which was housed under the plinth of what used to support the hugely impressive statue of Joseph Stalin, but in 1962, 10 years after Stalin's death, some 800kg of explosives, Semtex I imagine, were used to remove it and till 1991, when the metronome was erected remained clear, and briefly in 1996 there was a 35ft statue of Michael Jackson used to promote his History tour.
Holesovice is largely an industrial area and the train station and the river Vltava were a hive of activity in the earlier part of the last century but now as with most locations situated near transport hubs, businesses found cheaper ways of producing and delivering goods so as with Karlin the areas around the river became derelict, but in recent times and this seems to be a world wide trend new business and residential areas have started popping up and around Holesovice and the area is coming slowly back to life and the residential properties in this area have become a wee bit pricy.
Review no. 1
This place came as a recommendation from one of my students, who also happens to be the editor of Reflex magazine and his office is close by, so knowing how hard it is to impress him, I decided to treat myself to a nice Sunday lunch, well Uruguan Rib eye to be more precise and my experience was a pleasant one, it wasn't quite cooked as I had asked for it but a lot closer that previous requests. My SVG who as the blog has gone on, has suddenly become more difficult to please. I am not sure whether the blame can be put on the blog and the wide variety of places that we have visited or the fact that the baby is due to drop any minute now. She had the creamy risotto with wild mushrooms and it was creamy and the mushrooms were wild man!, she said that it was the first risotto to make her happy, also she had a homemade ice tea which she also enjoyed. So to recap, the service was very good, the menu is very nice and there are a lot of choices. The theme being modern Czech/continental influenced, plain and simple with relatively good quality produce and quite reasonably priced considering as well. The location is in the middle of a new commercial/residential area of Holesovice's dock area so it has a great catchment area for its clientele and the restaurant is amply sized to cater for this. It is very nicely designed and looks very stylish and my SVG also asked me to add that the hand lotion in the toilets smelt very nice. I don't think she stole it, well I hope she didn't. Living with a pregnant partner they are prone to random acts of the strange and unusual.
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Restaurant Pet Penez Mecca music club
Internet shop Brixton bikers' shop