Accomodation, Alcohol, Cafés, Culture, Cycling, Czech Eats, Czech Republic, Czech Wine, History, Moravia, Pubs, Restaurants

Cycling Moravia

We’re going to Znojmo again next week for a week-long trip of riding around the border areas between the Czech Republic and Austria, and sampling wine (maybe even helping out on the farm, we’ll see). If anyone is interested in cycling guides and maps of the area I will be putting some together while I am there and posting them to my account at Everytrail, so any format suggestions for said guides (.epub etc.) would be appreciated.

We may not have been able to do Greece this time but at least we will get something published for others to use.

Accomodation, Beer, Bohemia, Cafés, Culture, Cycling, Food, Free Wi-Fi, History, Moravia, Pubs, Restaurants

Everytrail Guide

Just submitted my Guide to Everytrail for review. If accepted that means I’ll continue with more on cycling Czech Canada and then the wine-producing areas & border region around Znojmo in southern Moravia. If it doesn’t work out, then we need to start looking at others for ways to publish handy, portable travel info. for cyclists. Motion X doesn’t fit my idea of a neat, clean way to share my bike trips, it looks great for workouts and personal training but little else. Maybe I need to give it another try, dunno.

Update: Part 1 has been approved.

Cafés, Cycling, Czech Republic, Moravia, Pubs, Restaurants

East to Jaroslavice

Cafe/Bar/Hospoda “La Passion” in Jaroslavice is a great place to stop on your return trip to Znojmo. Very bike friendly.

Having said that we should probably talk about the start of the trip. There are a few hills along the way, but none that the average 11-year old can’t handle, just ask my son.

Following the 5007 out of Znojmo takes you directly to the city of Djye and then Tasovice where you turn right to Naceratice.

Just after you pass through Tasovice you cross the Dyje river where you see the following sign, which says, and I’m enjoying the paraphrase, “Don’t use radio-locators or remote controls or things just might blow up”.

So cycle past this place and there is a tiny hill and you are on your way to the intersection at Naceratice. Take a left and you continue on your way to Jaroslavice. Go right and you might find yourself either at a pub (opens at 2pm!) or at a small grocery store.

This could be a good place to stop with the kid(s) as we found the woman at the store more than kind at 11am when the pub across the street was closed and invited us into the backyard garden and let us bring our bikes through the store to sit outside with our beer and soda in the sun. How cool is that?

We go back to the intersection and continue to Jaroslavice and Strachotice but no longer on the 5007.

Not much is going to happen now either on the way there or back. It is pretty much a straight, flat ride. When you get to the lake you could stop and enjoy; if, on the other hand you decide to turn around and go back because it has been such a short ride then you might enjoy the Wizard of Oz experience of riding the 5007 below Jaroslavice back to Znojmo through some 10 or 15 kilometers of marihuana which is growing along the side of the road mixed in with the weeds before you turn off towards Dyjakovicky where you find another nice outdoor pub for an ice cream and a beer before heading back to Znojmo.

Cafés, Czech Republic, Free Wi-Fi, Prague

Club Café Sarecka

Club Café Sarecka. I’ve no idea why it’s called a club, but it’s a very nice little cafe. Just one more place in Prague 6, right off of Vitezne namesti just a block off the square. It underwent renovation, and name change a couple of years ago, and has a nice quiet upstairs with two electrical outlets for plugging in and a pretty good Internet connection.

At Na Hutich 9, it’s connected to the Prague Duck Restaurant next door. Check the map for the location.

Cafés, Czech Eats, Czech Republic, Free Wi-Fi, Prague

Café Archa

So I’m meeting a friend downtown and we’re going to go to this cafe which has been around forever, right across the street from Bila Labut and not too far from the Masarykovo Train Station.

It’s not bad. We went to the upstairs section because it was less crowded and even though they have no places to plug in, the guy working there was polite enough to bring out and extension cord for the two of us. He also gave us a warning that many times, Mac users have difficulty connecting to their “free” Wi-Fi. As it turns out, we had no problem, it was just painfully slow and inconsistent.

Now, as it turns out “free” here means you get 30 minutes. I don’t know what happens after that because we didn’t really stay that long and moved on to another place.

Beer is bottled, coffee is espresso based, and the service is quite polite and tolerant. Joe Bob says that is you’re in a fix, it’s worth the visit.

Cafés, Czech Eats, Czech Republic, Free Wi-Fi

Café Calma

Wow, I saw this cafe when it opened up in Prague 6, but they don’t advertise that they have internet access. Well, not just the Wi-Fi you were looking forward to but also at least six places to plug in from where I’m sitting.

They only have bottled Planer Urquell, but their croissants, sandwiches, ciabatta and other sweets look quite good. And apparently they deliver also.

Address : Kyjevska 2, Prague 6. If you know the neighborhood, it’s across the street from the pub U Zivalu, which is just a block away from the Post Office. Walking up Dejvicka Street from the Dejvicka Metro stop towards Hradcanska it’s the second block on your right. Head up the street (Kyevska) towards the big, grey Hussite church where all the construction is going (they are putting in an underground parking lot and a park, by the way) on and it’s on your left.

One drawback might be that they are only open Mon-Fri from 8am to 5pm; but otherwise, it’s a nice clean place with outdoor seating and a clean interior and what looks like some really good cafe food.

Enjoy.

Update: the parking lot and the park are both done. The café is located right across from the square with the 3 horses.