Richard III: An alternative guide to the procession route
With the remains now transferred to a horse-drawn hearse, the cortege moves on round the Holiday Inn – let's hope the TV cameras are pointing towards the Jewry Wall, eh? – stopping for a short, ticket-only Down the High Street it goes, making ...
March 18, 2015
Where the Bodies Are Buried
A nineteen-story tower stood on one edge of Divis. It was one of .. “The soldiers getting men against the wall, kicking their legs spread-eagle. . It was two o'clock. Officials at the Times reported the call to the police while several reporters ...
March 9, 2015
What It Takes to Restore a 1929 Brooklyn 'Wonder Theater'
The skeleton of a hotel rose across the street, next to a GAP Factory store. Schweiger We walked up a grand staircase, where a worker in front of the former men's lounge—and it was called a lounge, not a bathroom, as befitting any palace—touched ...
February 3, 2015
Doomsday Clock reads 11.57: Atomic scientists move minute hand two minutes ...
In an announcement today the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has moved the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward by two minutes. It is now at three minutes to midnight, the closest it has been since 1984. The BAS moved the clock ...
January 23, 2015
Mobile health faces a bumpy road in rural California
It costs just as much to build a cell tower to serve a densely populated community with thousands of people as it does to build a tower that will serve a handful of folks, said Donovan, whose Washington-based trade group represents the small wireless ...
December 9, 2014
EXTRA BAGGS: Pitchers become the focus for Giants this week, Lincecum ...
As much as everyone marveled over Bumgarner's durability in October, I asked him if there was any point last season when he hit a wall or had to push through some arm fatigue. He said no, and chalked up any rough patch to “a little bit mechanical and a ...
March 7, 2015
You are here *Give or take a few million years
The ages of the Northland's rocks are measured in mind-numbing millions of years, eons and ages. To try to place such vastness of time in some context, imagine a clock face on which a million years is represented by a single minute, just one flick of ...
January 27, 2015
The first metro ride I took in the city brought me to the Museum stop at the top end of Wenceslaus Square. (In fact Wenceslas reigned for only eight years before being murdered by his brother Boleslav in 929. I'm sure not many people know that: I certainly didn't) From the First you can see the theatre where Mozart once conducted, outside which there... Old Town Square tends to be seething with tourists, day and night, so the cafes are expensive. Much the best way of viewing the square is from the tower of the town hall, from where there was a marvellous view. To the north of Old Town Square is Josefov, the Jewish quarter, on the site of the ghetto, which was once home to the biggest Jewish community in Europe. In fact Joseph II, Mozart’s patron, was a radical reformer (far too radical for most of his subjects, so many of his reforms failed). Amongst other reforms he liberated the Prague Jews from the ghetto, and the district was named Josefov in his honour.
Our final few days were to be spent in Prague. Had determined that the best way to get from Budapest to Prague was by train, and so as to not lose an entire day of time on board, that there was a sleeper train that left at 8ish in the evening, and arrived at 6AM. We were all pretty excited... also, everyone knows that a night on the sleeper train always ends up in murder. If you ever get the chance, was a fantastic way to travel a long distance without losing valuable sightseeing time, and was about a third of the cost of staying that night in a hotel, so win win win. As we got in early, our hotel wasn't ready to let us in, so we arranged to take a tour of the central area. Earlier in our trip, we were hanging with an Israeli medical student that had just been to Prague, and she said we should go on a tour with Sandeman. They tend to be larger groups and you pay the guide what you feel is fair at the end of it. We weren't expecting much, but our guide gave an excellent tour, we saw a ton and learned a lot. It is recommended to give 4-5 euros per person, but we gave a lot more than that and it was still a screaming deal. Central Prague is compact and centers around Old Town Square. to go up in the Old Town Hall Tower.
It was difficult to believe that this city was only an hour plane ride from Italy. The currency for the Czech Republic is the Crown, not the Euro, so we had to get out money from the ATM. We needed to split up 2000 crown between two people and a man getting out money next to us happened to get a few 500s and offered to swap. Not thinking anything of it, we agreed and gave him our 2000 crown, happy that we were able to split the money. It was not until later that we realized that it was not crowns that he had given us, but Belarusian money. We, then, spent our Friday as tourists, starting off our day by exploring Old Town Square, where our hostel was located off of. Inside the square held stalls and a stage for “Carnevale e Praha” or the carnival festival which was taking place that... The Astronomical Clock Tower and The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn towered over the square. Surrounding the clock tower in the street are crosses. The story goes that each cross is for someone that was thrown out of the clock tower to their death. On a lighter note, every hour, tourists collect around the clock to watch it come to life as a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples,.