PILZEN, Czech Republic's 2015 Capital City of Culture

PILSEN, is Europe’s 2015 Capital City of Culture, only1 hour from Prague, the Czech Republic’s national capital. This year Pilsen celebrates it’s world-class status by presenting a total of 50 major cultural events along with over 600 special program whose focus is on the Arts, Theater, Music and Dance together with exhibitions and installations throughout the region ending December 31, 2015. The city is part of West Bohemia,and is the country’s beer mecca where Pilsner Urquell, producer of the world’s first “pilzner” beer is located. Some of the exciting events planned for the year include the Liberation Festival in May in the city’s historical center on May 6 heralding the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the city by the U.S. Army under Gen. George S. Patton at the end of WW II.This will be saluted by a gala concert and exhibition, “The 1945 Liberation in Pictures” It’s part of a nine-week festival.Also in May enjoy the JiriTrnks Exhibition, dedicated to Czech puppeteer, Jiri Trnka. His collection of over 300 original life-style puppets along with his paintings, graphics and sculptures will be on display. Starting May 14 you’ll find the Ladislav Sutnar exhibition from the Return of Ladislav Sutnar series highlighting the artist’s impressive graphic design works. And starting May 21, the artist’s Venus exposition opens to the public. It is located in the Gallery of the City of Pilsen where Ladislav Sutnar’s famous series of female figures can be seen. And starting August 28 the Royal de Luxe program takes place in the city’s center. Here you’ll witness a giant puppet measuring over 20′ by French puppeteer Francois Delarozier. Opening the 2015 expo will be Swiss acrobat David Dimitri together with eight of the world’s top acrobatic ensembles which include the French troupe Cirque Trottola, the Burattini Family and the Magda Clan from Italy.The most exciting event might be the appearance of one of the world’s largest carousels with giant puppets in Western Bohemia and the not-to-missed World Championship in Ice Hockey in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic holds no less than 13 of the world’s most significant World Heritage sites ( UNESCO ). It is known for its ornate castles, annual beer festivals,Renaissance styled architecture and historical old-world ambiance, and with many first-class restaurants at your disposal.In Prague discover the National Gallery of Art and the works of literature by Franz Kafta, author of The Trial, The Castle, and The Metamorphosis and the music of Antonin Dvorak, Gustav Mahler, Leos Janacek, and Peter Eben. Also try your hand at a video game and one of the many stalls throughout the city, the country’s leading export product.

In Central Europe, the country is well situated for tour and travel from all parts of the continent.Its capital, Prague, is the sixth most visited city in Europe.

For more on PILSEN and Prague, and the opportunities for discovering the Czech Republic in 2015 go to: www.czechtourism.com

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Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com



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