Sunday, November 21, 2010

33 days and counting..................

More Christmassey images from my locality...................
Bright November skies in Cork City this morning (Sun.)
This fibre optic type Christmas tree changes colour to ring the changes at our local garden centre and shop.
Santa s band belting it out at Hanleys Garden Centre and seasonal shop!

Lighting up the night sky!

Our local garden centre and seasonal shop all aglow for the season!
My youngest daughter in her work uniform last week! A special day was held where she works part time in Mothercare for parents and young children where Early Learning Centre toys were on display for the day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas is coming....................

Its getting close to Christmas and that begins for me by collecting my "picks" to arrange a few potted pleasures to give as presents!I purchased these little beauties from Beech Hill Garden Centre where they have just received their stock for the season so there was plenty of choice.I have to wait until the real christmas trees start arriving into the garden centres so I can go and collect the tree cuttings for free and pick some berried holly and ivy from a well sourced wall in my locality to complete my arrangements!
My very old Christmas Cactus is in bud,too early as usual but I will enjoy it while it lasts!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Even more photos!

The Hard Rock Cafe Prague,where we enjoyed a nice meal served by a waaaaaaaaay happy staff member!!
Thought of a blogger friend Catherine when I spotted the name!
Hop in and enjoy a guided tour of Prague centre in this beauty,one of many available!
Old Town Square during the food fair
The very colourful Old Town Square with the cabins in the centre during the food/drink/craft fair.

Old town square with Tyn Church

This glass building is referred to as the dancing lady as this is what it resembles apparently!
Me enjoying a flambe drink of wine in a gargantuan glass!Goldfish not supplied!
Best cafe I was in !A few steps from our hotel,The Grand Cafe Orient at the Black Madonna House,on the first floor accessed by lift if you must.
Statue of the Black Madonna on the side of the cafe
Cubism museum under the cafe
We spent one evening here listening to great jazz,the flyer describes the club as"a very unique location situated in a historical subterranean vault built in the xv.century"!We sat upstairs on what seemed like scaffolding holding up our floor,it was dark and full of atmosphere,drinks were very cheap and table service too,whats not to like!
Jazz greats on the wall

Lovely cafe at the end of our walk over Charles Bridge towards Lesser Town,sheepskin rugs over the chairs to keep customers warm,plenty of overhead gas heaters,a great photo stop,but a little on the expensive side for our coffees and apple tarts with ice cream!
Sitting having coffee my favourite passtime in Prague or anywhere!
View from terrace of Cafe Marnice
Cafe Marnice looking up at Charles Bridge
Me enjoying a little sample of Miedovina,a warmed honey wine,at the food stalls on the Old Town Square which happened to be there for the week only!
Looking upwards at the Church of St.Nicholas on the Old Town Square
Ceiling of Church of St.Nicholas on Old Town Square
Interior of St.Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square,classical recitals and concerts are regularly held here.
This is the plaque on a creepy looking statue outside the theatre where Mozart premiered his Don Giovanni in 1787!

Side view of statue
The statue from the front,faceless!

Monday, November 1, 2010

More Pictures!

More pictures of my Prague holiday! A view towards Charles Bridge.

Entrance to Rudolfinium where the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra give recitals and there is a lovely cafe on the ground floor where 3 or 4 tables of ladies were playing bridge when we went in to have a coffee!
National Theatre

Scultures in Kampa Park!

A walk along the riverside with Little Eiffel on the top left of picture and Prague Castle in the background.
Breakfast room at our hotel
The lovely courtyard of our hotel,U Zlateho Jelena,steps away from the Old Town Square and the Municipal Hall.
Here I am in the Evropa Hotel on Wenceslas Square,beautiful building built in 1889,
Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square
Street entertainment