Walking Prague, Czech Republic

When I think of Prague, Czech Republic, and Czech people my very first associations are (in no particular order):

Martina Navratilova, Bedrich Smetana (Prodana nevesta, Vltava), Miloš Forman (director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, The People vs Larry Flynt), Škoda Auto, Pat & Mat (hilarious ! makes me smile just writing the names down), Vaclav Havel, Antonin Dvorak, Eva Herzigova, Franz Kafka, Karel Svoboda (because I remember clearly seeing his name written in credits in every Biene Maja (Maya the Bee)  episode that tens of millions of Europeans grew up with), Ivan (“the Terrible”) Lendl, Milan Kundera.

Czechs are friendly and low-key people. They’ve built a magnificent capital (practically every window has a view) and make exceptional beer.

It shouldn’t have taken me aback, then, considering how many great people contributed to what Prague today is. But it did, Prague blew me away. I mean, I knew it was a grand city but I didn’t quite expect to like it that much. It’s beautiful! Continue reading “Walking Prague, Czech Republic”

Walking and Jogging Split, Croatia

Ante, born and bred in Split, a Dalmatian city and second largest in Croatia, after Zagreb, the capital, looks forward to another sunny weekend spent in his home town. As usually, he takes his and his wife’s little dog for a morning walk along the coastal promenade towards Marjan, the landmark promontory hill that’s sacred to every Splićanin as residents of Split are called.

They climb several flights of stairs before they reach a walking trail winding through an airy Mediterranean forest all the way to the top. He stops for a minute to take in the view of Split, its harbour and marina below and of the islands out in the blue Adriatic. More times than not he walks the perimeter of the hill but sometimes he turns back when he reaches the westernmost point. Anyway, Ante’s back on the waterfront soon enough to enjoy a cup of coffee on the terrace of one of the many cafes along the beloved Riva, Continue reading “Walking and Jogging Split, Croatia”

Walking Istanbul, Turkey

What do you do in Istanbul when you’ve seen most of the major sights? Or, to specify, when you’ve had enough of the museums and palaces no matter how very enchanting they might be? Well, you can do the same we do in any of the huge cities: take a long walk. Generally, walking seems to have been dying out as an everyday activity anyway but I couldn’t imagine a more splendid way to come to grips with a metropolis, albeit a micro-small portion of it.

So, we’d returned to amazing buzz of Istanbul, the giant doorway between good old Europe and exotic Asia, and it proved to be just as lively and colourful as we’d remembered. Continue reading “Walking Istanbul, Turkey”