The Czech Republic is recognized as one of the least religious countries in Europe and potentially the world. The reason for this is commonly explained as the result of Communism. Suppressing religion is a tactic for the Communist regime, which was intended to fight against any organized power that could challenge them, such as the Catholic Church. However, the Czech Republic is a leader in secularism and non-religion among its neighboring countries, many of whom were also under Communist rule. Take, for example, our next-door neighbor Poland, which remains largely Catholic beyond the fall of Soviet influence. The only nearby country that comes close to the Czech indifference to religion is Estonia. While Estonia did fall under the Communist regimeRead more.

“Blues is a natural fact, is something that a fellow lives. If you don’t live it you don’t have it.” – Big Bill Broonzy Another subterranean Friday night in Prague. One floor down from the clang and clatter of a bright Zizkov cafe, a lone bluesman does his soundcheck. There’s a mixing board and open suitcase at his feet. Two Fender acoustics are at his side. He wears a navy pin-stripe suit and brown boots. He’s tall and lanky, with shaggy hair nearly covering his eyes. One hard strum and he adjusts the peg. The note makes a waaaaah sound and slides deeper. In front of him is a snare drum on its side painted with the single word, ‘Lavash.’Read more.

Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world, is a delight to photographers and other artists for its perfect location on a hill overlooking Prague’s medieval architecture. The castle started out as a small fortress, on high and easily defensible terrain. The Vltava has an ugly tendency to flood periodically, and when it does, it wreaks havoc upon the buildings and bridges in its way. Prague Castle, being on the hill, is impervious to such whims of nature. The first building in the castle complex was the Church of the Virgin Mary, in the 9th century AD. In the 10th century, Vratislaus I founded the Church of St. George, in which the remains of his mother, St. Ludmila, wouldRead more.