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Knock on Wood In Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is a city of many images, such as romantic bridges, a magnificent waterway and elegant baroque buildings of old European allure.

A view along the Vltava River can be yours in Prague.

A view along the Vltava River can be yours in Prague.

In regards to the internal culture and tradition of Prague, the marionette is a favorite and admired among its residents. This is an age old craft that has been passed on by family members from generation to generation. The marionette was not only a way of making a living for many, but mainly the resource of pleasure and imagination even during the unhappy times in Prague. A visit to Prague would not be complete without a visit to one of the many craftsmen’s workshops and watch them develop a face out of wood.

Since the 18th century, Prague began its long history of marionettes and puppets. Between the smiles and tears of the past two centuries; the skill of puppetry captivated many to continue to survive and served as escapism during those troubled times.  Puppet-making and marionette shows developed into a well-regarded art form, with great care and detail being placed into the craft and still is today.

The worlds of adults and children are brought closer together in celebration at the Prague Theater during the month of October.  Each day, throughout the month, a variety of shows for the entire family, including the renown Marionette Theater, perform adorn in vibrant colorful costumes, special visual effects and classical music. These shows are a wonderful way to introduce younger children to classical music as they can relate to it with the movements of the puppets and entertainers. But even if you do not have any children, it is a perfect outing to be fanciful and child like yourself; so a visit to one these shows is a must!

Much of Prague retains its old world charm with the Vltava River running through the center, while the silkiness of the water illuminates the reflection of the bridges and skyline upon it. You need not imagine what it is like to be in a river view classic but instead part of it with a vacation apartment during your visit.

Totally modern in a 19th Century vacation home.

Totally modern in a 19th Century vacation home.

The best part, a holiday home such as this one, can accommodate the whole family by sleeping five comfortably. 19th Century charm is totally reformed with all the modern conveniences of home and less costly than a hotel.

If you can not get to the Prague Theater in October, stop by one of the many stores that sell marionettes and puppets made by the artisans of Prague. The variety of the marionette is immense ranging from super heroes, cinema stars and fairy tale favorites. Puppets are still being elaborately carved from wood but it is puppeteer’s job to infuse life, character and personality into the puppet in marionette shows throughout the world.

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London – Celebrate with the Mayor!

Hurry, on September 13th and 14th, a must visit is to the annual Mayors Thames Festival in London. What better way to say goodbye to summer than with a large party to celebrate the event. With much to do between Westminster Bridge and Waterloo Tower, this spectacular, free celebration requests much participation by you, with dancing, live performances, making sculptures, listening to music and sailing on the Thames. Of course there will be plenty of food and beverages available to add to your enjoyment.

The street festival of all street festivals closes all roads and bridges, thus making the city a cultural event not to be forgotten. An unique highlight this year is the New European Village Stage, with performances of dance, music and folklore of the most recent members of the European Community such as Poland, Czech Republic and Lithuania.

Ever wanted to be in the movies? It is possible at the Movieum tent, that takes you on a behind the scenes tour and discovering the film heritage in England. You can get involved in movie making and may even get a special role in a film as an extra or the one who yells “Action.

At County Hall, a Wizard School has been tailored as an interactive live children’s show. This show is just one of the various activities that families can enjoy together at this festival.

In the evening, dance the night away by the Tate. Tango along the vibrant riverside with instruction and star-performers leading the way.

On Victoria Embankment, there will be 2,500 participants lead by a specially commissioned dragon from China. The festival’s Fireworks Finale is fired from barges in the middle of the Thames and only will prove that the Mayors Thames Festival gets bigger and bolder every year. If you can not make it for this one, start planning for next year.

What better way to enjoy London’s celebration than with your own private flat. London, known to be one of the most expensive cities in Europe is now affordable with a place you can call your own right near all the festivities along the river. The Trafalgar is just one of many properties available that offers all the comfort and room one needs, yet at an affordable price.

Stay in your own flat at The Trafalgar in the center of London!

Stay in your own flat at The Trafalgar in the center of London!

London is a city of many distinctions all throughout the year, with an array of sightseeing opportunities, from having a glimpse of parliament, riding in a double decker bus, seeing great theater, to sitting in the back of a black cab having a conversation with the taxi driver on world events. Some of the most famous places in the city include Big Ben, Parliament, St. Paul´s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge and  Buckingham Palace and, in particular, the historical and highly singular changing of the guard ceremony.

 

Barcelona’s Last Hoorah of Summer!

The city of Barcelona’s biggest party, The Festes de la Mercè, is getting ready to have a good time! Parades, street music, dancing, a swimming race across the harbor, and a correfoc (fire race) are just a few of the activities to anticipate. There is something for everyone on the 19th leading up to 24th (a public holiday) 2008, which celebrates the day of the city’s patron saint … the Virgin de la Merce.

Events include the parade of the giants which is a procession through the streets is made up of enormous wooden figures operated by a group. There are fantastic firework displays and plenty of eating and drinking as is the case most festivals throughout the year in Barcelona.

Who is La Mercé? According to legend, Barcelona went through a tedious plague of locusts. La Mercè removed them and they never returned again. The festival is to honor her for her continuing protection against the locusts.

One highlight that you must look out for is the competition for which group of people can form the highest human pyramid. The best place to find the towers is in Placa de Sant Jaume where participants in traditional costume climb on top of one another until they can hold no more. This human tower often reaches around eight but who knows, the record may be broken!

What better way to enjoy the festival and Barcelona then in an apartment in the center of the city? Barcelona is so cosmopolitan whether there is a festival or not, and there’s no better way than with a vacation home.

Barcelona Holiday Apartments

Walking along Las Ramblas in the morning before the tourists get there or watching the sunrise on the Med. You can, by renting at the base of the Port Vell, such as the apartment at the right for less than a hotel would cost.

As the capitol of Catalunya, Barcelona can be appreciated by all age groups and interests. Primarily a cultural city, it consists of art, music, theater and other forms of entertainment, which are readily available. As a city, it comfortably maintains its centuries old past with the demands of a modern day metropolis with touches of Dali and Miro thrown in throughout.

The most prominent image of Barcelona is the Temple de la Sagrada Familia. Every art history and architectural major finds this incomplete church a vision come true. No where has design defeated what is written in text books. It is a canvas where the artist let his imagination run wild. The church was designed by Gaudi and has been under construction since 1882 and current estimates are that it will be completed by 2020. This gives you a chance to visit Barcelona more often and check out the progress.


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