Pragas and Škodas and Tatras… Oh My!

The Brno Technical Museum hosts an annual public weekend at their historic vehicle repository in the Řeckovice district of the city. The 2023 edition of the event took place on April 22 and 23.

The event showcases not only the museum’s own vehicles, but also vehicles belonging to other groups and organizations.

You can see classic Czech vehicles as well as some non-Czech ones as well.

Here’s a gallery of some of what was on view:

Veselé Velikonoce! – Happy Easter!

Easter is soon upon us, and Brno’s Easter market opened up this weekend.

From a foreigner’s standpoint, Easter in the Czech Republic is both familiar and strange. Familiar Easter eggs decorated in a variety of ways are in abundance. At the same time are the less familiar pomlázkas, a symbolic whip made of braided willow branches.

On the Thursday just before Easter, green beer becomes available for a limited time in pubs around the country. If you’re more familiar with seeing green beer around St. Patrick’s Day, seeing it at Easter would certainly be confusing.

If you’d like to know more about Easter in the Czech Republic, take some time to visit the existing article about it here on the website.

Here’s some pictures of the Brno Easter market from this weekend:

Hustopeče – Heart of Wine and Almonds

This weekend is the annual almond festival in the town of Hustopeče, not far from Brno, in the South Moravian wine region.

Hustopeče is home to the only almond orchard in central Europe, it is unusual as almonds like the warmer and drier regions of southern Europe.

Many people come from all around the country to see the almond trees in bloom and sample many of the almond based delicacies on offer. Many restaurants in the town serve dishes with almonds in the mix during this time.

Here’s a few photos I took of the event this year:

Koniklec – Purple and Protected

Koniklec (Pulsatilla grandis) is a protected flower in the Czech Republic that blooms in early spring and is known as the pasque flower or prairie crocus in English.

I took these pictures today in the Kamenný vrch nature reserve area in the south-west corner of Brno, one of the areas in the country where koniklec grows:

A Weekend in Budapest

This past weekend, we took a trip to Budapest. You may be familiar with my existing article about the Hungarian capital city; if not, you can find it here.

Budapest is a delightful city and certainly not to be missed if you’re traveling through central Europe. This weekend, we mainly went to take in the Christmas markets, but we also fit in a cruise on the Danube river.

Here’s a few shots of the weekend:

Vinobraní – Wine Festival Season

With September well underway, the wine festival (vinobraní) season is in full swing across the South Moravian regions.

Festivals large and small are taking place and you can sample locally produced wine and burčák from now through October.

Here’s some pictures I took today of the vinobraní in Brno’s Svobody square:

Playing Around Between Articles

Very recently, I bought a new camera. The old one, which has served me well for the past 12 years or so, was starting to show its age.

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been playing around with the new camera and I’m quite happy so far with what I’m seeing. I’m confident it will help take quality up a step or two where imagery is concerned in my websites.

Today after work, I went to the Masaryk University botanic gardens here in Brno to get some more practice with the new camera. Here are some of the results: