James Dean may have only made three movies but his memory and fan base continue to live on and grow. The James Dean Prague, a 1950’s style diner, keeps that memory going. It is one of my favorite places for breakfast and one of the only places in the Czech Republic that serves anything similar to an American Style Breakfast at a reasonable price.
So when I thought of doing a small shoot there that went beyond the decor, design of the establishment, and of course their wonderfully delightful waitresses, I thought of my James Dean enthusiast friend Michael Macák.
So Michael being the sport he is met me at the restaurant and we did a 1950s style diner shoot. The results I am sure you will agree, truly pay homage to an American Movie Icon.
Enjoy the gallery to the 50’s sound of Tami Neilson of New Zealand with her song “Holy Moses.”
The last Saturday in November is always a special day. For the last eight years I always start my vacation on this day and always go to Old Town Square in Prague for the start of the Christmas Markets and the lighting of the tree. Over 40,000 people showed up for the opening despite the shadow of a terror threat.
Always a spectacular scene with the red roofs of the markets, the 80 foot Christmas tree adorned with 20,000 lights, with a backdrop of the medieval square’s Tyn Church and the Chapel of St. Micheal, always create a festive and romantic atmosphere.
The small lanes leading to the square with the Christmas Tree in the background create such a magnificent scene that one is anxiously drawn into the square for the celebrations of choirs from around Europe.
Of course the food is always a highlight after the initial awe of the spectacle. Fire roasted Prague Ham and Sausages are quite delicious, as well as the pastry known as Trdelnik, a sweet pastry baked over an open fire and coals, originating in Transylvania, but now the culinary heritage of several European countries.
The markets go until the 2nd week of January so there is plenty of time to experience this magical time, as all the squares of Prague are adorned with trees and Christmas Markets.
Prior to the big opening of the Christmas Markets in Prague many people were involved in decorating. From City Employees and shop owners it seemed the whole city was involved.
Some bulbs were as big as tires and lights were as numerous as 20,000 for the tree in the main square coming in at almost 80feet tall. No small measure to decorate as those decorating had to be lifted by cranes.
From Old Town Square to the Lesser Square and all the squares in Prague, trees and decorations were going up in preparation for the Advent Season and the start of the Christmas Markets.
There’s a new place in Prague which is part Club and part Restaurant. In our first photography event we chose this location for its edgy design and industrial urban feel. Marija Neringa and BozhiDara Boyadzhieva showed up for the event and really stole the show.
Located at V Kolkovně 5 they do breakfast, lunch, and dinner upstairs starting at 8am Mon – Fri, and 9am sat – Sun. Then as dusk approaches the underground club in the basement opens up and is there for your drinking and dancing pleasures until 4am. We had the opportunity to try the food there and it was quite nice, clearly made fresh, and was reasonably priced with good value, despite being in the tourist center of Prague.
Enjoy the gallery below while listening to “In The Wind,” by Take One Car, out of East Haven, Connecticut.
Above the Vltava River is a small cliff side jutting out from the river which is said to be the first settlement of the Czechs. Known as Vysehrad, the hilltop fortress was the seat of power before Prague existed and before the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles the IV, built his new royal residence where Prague Castle sits today.
Most tourists miss this area, wich is nice because it is still quite peaceful and not overrun by them. Today the site is dominated by the 17th century ramparts and fortifications, but as you pass the remnants of Medieval gates you come across, Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, the Tábor and Leopold gates, parts of the Romanesque bridge, the Romanesque rotunda of St. Martin, and Vyšehrad Cemetery.
Unlike cemeteries in the United States, the Czech cemeteries, even those that are not filled with the famous or historical are all National Geographic Moments. Beds of flowers will outline a grave or tomb, all are visited quite frequently and tended to by relatives. Some graves have generations of family members beneath the hallowed ground who are cared for by the descendants. It can be quite a peaceful and tranquil experience.