If more and more tourists choose this destination for their holidays, it is first and foremost to discover Prague. It is known as the city of the bell towers or “the city of a hundred towers”. You can also discover the medieval streets and shops for film location and advertisements. It is one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe, with many advantages over other European capitals.
Prague has managed to preserve a rich cultural heritage, partly because it was preserved from the bombardments of the two great world wars, which were inexorably and cruelly suffered by other major cities in Europe.
Analyzing Prague from the architectural point of view or from the point of view of the magnificence of its museums, the city is located in a privileged place of the European culture.
Located on the banks of the Vltava, it is the result of the unification in 1784 of four cities of medieval origin that today are the four hearts of the city.
However, to sum up the Czech Republic in the beauty of its capital is to do no justice to the rest of the country that possesses cultural and geographical treasures worth knowing and admiring. The Czech Republic as a whole is an inviting place to be known, friendly to visitors and easy to discover. The Czechs welcome us with open arms and introduce us to their natural parks and architectural gems throughout the country.
Let us not hesitate to explore the interior of these regions, still unknown to many.
How to go?
Travelling to the Czech Republic by plane is the fastest way to get there. The main airport is the one in Prague and receives flights not only from big capitals but also from many cities in Europe and the world, from France alone, there are more than 9 flights daily to this destination. Low-priced flights also cover the route from many European cities to Prague airport.
We can travel to the Czech Republic by train, but the journey is very long, the transfers tedious and the trains uncomfortable.
Travelling to Prague by bus is also long but more comfortable, since in the Czech Republic bus services are very affordable and efficient, they are a very comfortable way to travel around the interior of this beautiful country.
Travelling by car can also be a long and tiring journey, with many stops to rest, but all the roads leading to the Czech Republic are in very good condition and the scenery is beautiful.
An inconvenient to take into account: the administrative formalities at the border customs are cumbersome and very slow, often taking more than two hours, we must take advantage of this moment to purchase the mandatory wafer to circulate on the highways (fifteen days 6 €, two months 9 €, one year 30 €, credit cards are not accepted).
Where to stay?
The Czech Republic, despite its constant efforts, offers little accommodation to meet the growing demand during the summer months, especially in Prague which is attacked by tourists. The construction of hotels on the outskirts of the city is growing at a dizzying rate, but it is advisable to make reservations in advance.
The hotels are rated from 1 to 5 stars, their services are of good quality and breakfast is usually included in the rate. Staying in private houses or renting an apartment is possible and much cheaper. If we choose to stay in private homes we must bear in mind that the service can vary greatly, there are people who like to open their homes to welcome tourists with open arms and who enjoy the contact and relationship that is established and others who only do so to make ends meet, which often results in a disappointing stay.
Youth hostels are numerous, generally strategically located and very affordable – also highly sought-after – membership in the International Youth Hostel Federation is a requirement.
Renting an apartment is a good solution because its rates are worthy of your comforts, you can rent it for a night, a week or the desired time.
The campsites are a bit expensive, compared to the rest of Europe, many are open from April to October but others only during July and August, it is also convenient to make reservations in advance because tourism from abroad is added to domestic tourism and see their capacities full.
What to do?
Depending on how much time we spend on our holidays in the Czech Republic, which lends itself to all proposals, our itinerary will depend on what we want to do: a romantic getaway, family holidays, rural holidays, a cultural tour….a weekend, a week, a month….
For a romantic getaway or a long weekend, we should certainly choose Prague, although there is so much to see and do that will surely be insufficient, Prague is a spellbinding city and we must choose and there will be many things left for another visit. First, simply wander through the center of this romantic and timeless city. Walking through the old town may not leave us wanting to do anything else.
Strolling around Kampa Island and Petrin Hill, admiring the landscape from Prague Castle built in the ninth century, considered the oldest medieval fortress, visiting the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Alley, where Franz Kafka lived, the Charles Bridge and the Vltava (Vltava River that crosses the city)….
Prague is overflowing with monuments and museums of all kinds, many of them moving.
If you have a week, you won’t be able to get to know the whole of the Czech Republic either, but that’s enough time to get to know all the charm of the city, from the Prague Castle to the Town Hall Square, from the Jewish quarter to the Vltava by boat, passing through the other historic districts of the city and discovering its museums, which are not only pictorial art.
If our stay can be longer than a week we can get to know something about the country that offers diverse and beautiful landscapes with numerous national parks.
The Bohemian region is as beautiful as we always imagined it to be, where we can also enjoy the Karlovy Vary hot spring resort – west of Prague – and visit the Cesky Krumlov castle, one of the many wonders of the country.
If we prefer one of the parks in the Moravian region, let’s not hesitate to discover some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, they are numerous and all worth visiting.
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The search for original food is complicated, which is why we have made a selection of the most atypical recipes, so that you can surprise your friends at home with canapés. Whether it is a dish whose design does not go unnoticed or the simplest appearance, all excuses are good to go to the tasting!
More and more restaurants are opting for flavours that seem strange at first sight (especially when it comes to preparing canapés or original salads). And they end up being famous. From a mix of high-salty fruit flavours to a cake that looks like a first course and not a dessert, we tell you all about what’s new. Playing with desserts or appetizers and making them special is the art of making original meals.
Ingredients for 2 people
- cheese (“one piece”)
- red beet ( 100 gr.)
- pistachios ( 20 gr.)
- garlic (half a clove)
- lemon (“medium”)
- extra virgin olive oil
- pistachios (for garnish)
- toast ( or toast sofa)
These canapés with cheese and beet pesto are a great idea, delicious and very original for aperitifs with friends. It can be used as a snack for a casual dinner, or as an aperitif at a festive meal….whatever the occasion is, it is an excellent idea that will give your table a touch of style and color. And very easy to do!
To make these cheese canapés with beet pesto, the first thing we have to do is beet pesto. To do this, cut the beets into pieces and place them in the blender glass. The simplest and most practical way is to work with cooked beets, which are sold packed, ready to be prepared in salads or other…. but, of course, you can buy it fresh if you wish and cook it at home. In this case, bring a lot of water to boil in a saucepan and leave the unpeeled beets until they are completely soft.
Peel the pistachios and remove as much as possible the outer skin that covers them. Add it to a glass of blender with beets.
Peel garlic and cut in half. He removes the germ, which is responsible for making it indigestible to certain people. Once this is done, cut it into several pieces and place it in the blender glass.
Press lemon onto remaining ingredients, taking care not to drop seeds. Finally, add salt.
Start crushing and as you go, add extra virgin olive oil until you obtain the desired texture.
Cut cheese into small triangles or slices.
To make these beet pesto cheese canapés. Spread a good amount of beet pesto over a few toasts or canapés cookies. Put pine nuts on top and finish with cheese. If you wish, you can decorate your canapés with a few tender sprouts or with aromatic herb leaves such as apricot.
In this case, these canapés only have the split cheese we put on them. If you take it apart, you can add a little Parmesan cheese to the beet pesto. It will have more cheese flavour and a delicious touch.
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A murderer virus decimates the populations of remote villages. The only survivor of these epidemics, a mysterious archaeologist with extraordinary powers, tries to fight the plague.
New from Ki-oon Editions, King of Eden takes us on a journey to every continent, with a scenario involving several small international terrorist groups in a deadly hunt in which they are both the actors and the prey. The story begins in Spain, where an entire village is razed to the ground by flames and a pile of corpses burnt and disfigured by a mysterious affection piles up. The same scene is repeated in Thai, Chinese and Scottish villages… and governments are moved by these indiscriminate massacres. A witness always seems to be present, apparently immune, but fleeing like an eel.
King of Eden develops an original story in a rather classic vein of thriller suspense. Its author, Takashi Nagasaki, a 60-year-old Japanese multi-card writer, has a well-stocked CV in manga script writing. He has been seen recently in the Inspector Kurokôchi series, but is most famous for his collaboration with Naoki Urasawa, repeatedly, on his most famous works. It’s from his rather complicated mind that came out 20th Boys, the cult Monster, or more recently Billy Bat and Pluto. His tortuous and complex narrative style can be recognized quite quickly in this history, which rakes across geography and world history.
It could be a simple story of zombies, or deadly viruses, opening the way to a classic survival (High School of the dead, I’m a Hero, Parasyte…), but Takashi Nagasaki had the good idea to anchor his story in an ambitious historical and religious framework, referring to the Old Testament, Neolithic animism, the proto-religions of Persia of the Achaemenid kings and vampirism. A vast program that intrigues and gives a new depth to this type of manga. The success of religiously inspired thrillers is well documented since Indiana Jones and The Da Vinci Code left their mark on people’s minds.
For this new collaboration, Takashi Nagasaki has teamed up with Lee Sang-cheol, a young South Korean designer. It is the first series published in volumes of this young mangaka whose realistic line and vivacity are not without reminding that of Naoki Urasawa. The series is currently being published in South Korea, with five volumes available to date. Two volumes are in bookshops in France, the third is scheduled for May the 3rd.
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Pho is a famous Vietnamese broth well flavored and therapeutic, made with roasted bones.
Soup was first recorded in the early 1900s, when Vietnam was a French colony. Some say’ Pho’ comes from the French pot-au-feu, while others think they were Chinese sellers shouting’ meat and noodles’, elongating the word,’ phan’, which sounded like Pho. Ultimately, it is about the depth of the bouillon‘s flavor, adorned with lots of fresh sweets.
Ingredients of a Pho
300 g ginger
2 kg of beef bones
A cinnamon stick
6 stars of Anise
2 lemon grass sticks
4 tablespoons low-salt soy sauce
2 tablespoons fish sauce
600 g of thick rice noodles (8mm)
A handful of fresh mint (30g)
A handful of fresh cilantro (30g)
4 Chinese onions
1 or 2 fresh red chilies
300 g of bean sprouts
600 g of skirt steak
Hot chili sauce
4 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon cane sugar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas.
Crush and slice the ginger. Add in a large casserole dish with veal bones, cinnamon, cloves and aniseed stars.
Sprinkle with sesame oil and roast for 2 hours, then transfer the frying pan to the plate over medium heat and cover the bones with 3.5 litres of water.
Crush the lemon and add together with soybeans and fish sauces. Then simmer for 2 hours. Skim any fat off the surface and discard (if you make the broth in advance and let it cool, the fat will solidify on top and be super-easy to remove).
To make garlic in brine, just peel and finely cut the garlic and put it on a small plate with sugar and a good pinch of sea salt. Add a couple of splashes of boiling water from the teapot, followed by vinegar.
Cook rice noodles according to package directions and divide into 6 bowls.
Choose the leaves of mint and cilantro, cut the Chinese onion, peel the onion and cut them finely with the chiles. Cut the files into pieces. Place it all in a large bowl with the bean sprouts and take it to the table with the noodle dishes.
Place a skillet over high heat and, once hot, season steak with peanut oil, turning every minute for 6 to 8 minutes, or until half raw (depending on the thickness of your steak). If you prefer it half raw, when pouring the hot broth over it you will cook it gently, if desired.
Remove the meat on a board, then cut finely and bring to the table with the broth pan.
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Fed up with the overrated atmosphere of Coachella, the plastic pints of the Huma Festival and the shitty weather at Rock en Seine? Read on and discover DJ Valentin Rialland‘s top 10 music festivals with exceptional scenery accross the world.
Electronic Dunes (Tunisia)
Organized by Panda Event, the Festival of Electronic Dunes takes place from February 21 to 24 in the sets that had been used for the shooting of Star Wars, in the middle of the Sahara. Valentin Rialland is part of the lucky ones to dance in the streets of Mos Espa, a city on the planet Tatooine where Anakin spent his childhood in the saga of Georges Lucas.
Berlin Festival (Germany)
The third largest building in the world, Tempelhof Airport was steeped in history as it was built under the Third Reich. After its closure in 2008, the Berlin Festival decided to move there to give it a new life. Today, he welcomes Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Sigur Ros, Sweden, Björk or The Killers.
Boom Festival (Portugal)
Dedicated primarily to the psychedelic trance, but also to many other forms of electronic music, the Boom Festival is held every two years during the full moon of August in Idanha-a-Nova in Portugal. According to Valentin Rialland is best known for his completely surreal scenery made of tipis and wooden huts.
Burning Man Festival (United States)
Dedicated to all forms of artistic expression, including electronic music, the Burning Man Festival is perhaps one of the most impressive events in the world. Organized in the middle of the Black Rock desert in Nevada the last week of August, he sees each year build and deconstruct a whole nomadic city called Black Rock City. Valentin Rialland says at the end of this week of open dance, the organizers burn a giant of wood.
Iceland Airwaves (Iceland)
Temple of indie quality music, Iceland could not fail to have its rock festival. Apart from the fact that its programming is simply perfect, Iceland Airwaves offers every year to attend a concert in the famous spa resort Blue Lagoon.
Lake of stars festival (Malawi)
Elected by the world’s most spectacular music festival Guardian, the Lake of Stars festival takes place around September / October on the shores of Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake. In other words: it throws.
Rock The Pistes (France / Switzerland)
Organized at the end of March on the Portes du Soleil ski area, the Rock The Pistes festival offers around thirty outdoor concerts with breathtaking views of the mountains. One edition had invited the Babyshambles and Breton.
I’m on a Boat (United States)
Seventy years having transported the Australian and New Zealand troops during the Second World War, the mythical Queen Mary now hosts a punk rock festival in March. Refurbished as a hotel-restaurant, the Queen Mary is docked in Long Beach, California.
Colors of Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Since ever, the biggest music festival in the Czech Republic has been held in July on a former mine and abandoned steel site. Valentin Rialland says a strange atmosphere gives each concert a particular resonance. Only downside: Zaz is the guest of the 2014 edition.
The Rock Route (France)
The Fort Saint Père, 10 kilometers from Saint Malo, France, has hosted in its thick walls the finest of britpop in the 1990s and continues to offer each year, around August 15, a program sharp enough to stand out from his big competitors, in Carhaix or Belfort. The concerts in the walls, the festival-goers all around, since the moats of the site turn into ephemeral camping for a weekend.
Anime-Empire would love to introduce you to our selection of amazing hotels around the world for your trips. So, if you have dreams of travelling but not everywhere, here is our listing of unusual places to stay at.
Panoramic views for breathtaking trips
Whether you are a lonely traveler or in couple, you might want to experience an unusual night in a foreign country. We do not guaranty you a 5 star hotel but a real breath taking night.
First of all, if you love transparence and luxury, we recommend you those inn:
Hotel Kakslauttaneen located in Finland: If you have ever dreamed of admiring the northern lights under a warmed up igloo in winter nights, this is the place to be. The idea is simple, glass igloos placed in a row. Each of them has a bed in the middle (or more if you go with friends) offering this amazing view once you lay down. Those rooms are available exclusively during the Northern Lights seasons which begins on the 24th of august to the end of April. For a small igloo room, count around 491 euros the night, breakfast and dinner included.
If you prefer discretion while still being able to see the show, you have the Kelo-Glass Igloo for 682 euros the night, breakfast and dinner included. Also, this location has a sauna and place for 6 people.
For a cheaper price, you have the Small Log Cabin in East Village. However, no sight to the sky is available in this accommodation, the price-quality ratio is however pretty good: 383 euros per night with breakfast and dinner.
Trips in France
The Attrap’ Rêves in France: Ever dreamed of sleeping in a bubble? This hotel network offers you the night of your dreams in a glass room for you and your beloved one. These cocoons can be decorated for your special needs: Zen, nature lover, glamour, 1001 bubble or Chic & Design. And you don’t have to worry about your privacy, as the bubbles are placed strategically to respect your intimacy.
For those who worry about nature, the brand wants to point out its eco-friendly responsibility. The constructions were made entirely with reusable materials and the round shape is maintained by a blower device. Once the season is over, the bubbles are deflated in order to preserve Mother Nature.
You can book the bubbles in packs, for example “constellations”. This includes a night inn with breakfast for 109 euros during off season and 139 euros during high season. The “comfort” pack includes a night in a bubble for 2, a 30 minute Jacuzzi session and breakfast included for 169 euros/199 euros.
The Phare de Kerbel in Riantec, France. This amazing guesthouse proposes a panoramic room in its lighthouse but also a whole cottage for 6 people on the first floor. You might also appreciate the sauna, which will relax you during you stay. Le official website doesn’t specify the cost per night. Only a contact form is available.
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George Clooney seems to be determined to dive back into the universe of series. After the announcement of Catch-22, he signs this time with Netflix for a mini-series on the Watergate scandal. As a director at first…
The Watergate scandal continues to feed creators’ ideas. George Clooney is now launching a mini-series for Netflix. An update was provided on the information available.
A mini-series in 8 parts
This topic sounds as a strange way with current events. Many American political experts compare the investigation currently targeting Trump’s family and friends with the Watergate. And now Variety magazine announces that George Clooney is going to make a mini-series in 8 episodes for Netflix about the scandal that brought Nixon down .
Accompanied by screenwriter Matt Charman (Le Pont des Espions) and actor Grant Heslov (Monument Men), he will produce the series with Sonar Entertainment. If Netflix has not yet confirmed this project, it seems that each of the 8 episodes focuses on one of the key characters in the case. We should therefore have the right to journalists but also to “Deepthroat”, the code name of Mark Felt, the source of reporters and FBI number 2.
George Clooney in front of and behind the camera?
While George Clooney has just directed Bienvenue à Suburbicon, we already know that he should direct some of the episodes of the series. What is not yet known, however, is whether it will play a role. A few weeks ago, you were told that the star of Emergency would play in a new series with “Catch-22” which he will also direct. Might as well say that he could try again.
Of course, this is not the first adaptation of the Watergate. As a reminder, this is a case of political espionage led by President Nixon and unveiled by two journalists from the Washington Post. This key moment in American political history was brought to the screen with Alan J. Pakula’s The Men of the President in 1976 or, more recently, Oliver Stone’s biography Nixon.
In 2015, as indicated by the manufacturer’s website, we have been celebrating the 80th anniversary of Monopoly. A worldwide success for this game born in 1935 in the imagination of Charles Darrow, an unemployed man of the 1930s, who became a millionaire thanks to his invention. A beautiful story. But there is only one flaw: it is fake!
In a recent book, American journalist Mary Pilon tells us the true origins of a game born out of a woman’s political will, Lizzie Magie, to bring to the greatest number the progressive ideas of American intellectual Henry George and his masterpiece Progress and Poverty (1879). At the beginning of the 20th century, she invented its Landlord’s Game with her land purchases, taxes on the rich and her denunciation of monopolies. She obtained a patent in January 1904 and began its commercialization. This was followed by an incredible story: played in the utopian community of Arden in Delaware, which made its own sets and started to call it Monopoly. The quakers of Atlantic City changed the rules and, from hand to hand, the game moved on to Philadelphia, where a couple taugh it to their friends, the Darrows…
Charles asked a cartoonist to make him a nice tray, then he started selling the game. One of the biggest manufacturers in the industry, Parker Brothers, bought it from him. In December 1935, the company quickly obtained a patent and bought his own from Lizzie Magie for 500 dollars. Parker Brothers knew the true origin of the game…
Sales were then skyrocketing. In the United States, then all over the world. Charles Darrow was always ready to give interviews to explain how he invented “his” game. In the 1960s, a few witnesses to the true story began to mobilize, but nothing really happened. Until 1974, when Parker Brothers made a huge mistake.