Archive for April, 2006

Antique Furniture

Our new sofa

With a baby on the way we decided that we needed some furniture.

Of course there's no reason why we couldn't have gone to IKEA like everyone else seems to do (IKEA is very very popular here). But why would we do that when we can buy beautiful antique furniture here for about the same price, or even less.

Of course antiques in the centre of Prague are expensive as the shops there cater for the tourist market. However outside the centre, and even better outside Prague, it's a different story.

Really good quality antiques are still really cheap. There are a couple of places that we know of where you can pick up wonderful stuff.

For example the other day I bought the 1962 edition of “Soviet World” This wonderful propaganda magazine features a very well endowed female factory worker on the cover looking very patriotic indeed. Inside there are lots of articles about cosmonauts icebreakers and gymnastics. Mine for € 2.

Last week we bought a dining table and six chairs (circa 1920) for € 300 and a leather sofa from the same era (pictured) for the same price.

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Easter – not just bunnies and eggs

We had a really nice Easter. It was a relaxing few days and we even managed to get to church.

PomlazkaOn Monday I participated in the traditional Czech Easter tradition. This involves making a stick called a pomlazka by plating together some new willow shoots. Then on the morning of Easter Monday, you set off around the village with your pomlazky to visit the local women folk, to whom you administer a (not too hard) beating about the bum.

In return, the woman benefits from being made healthy and younger through the transference of new spring energy from the willow to her.

In return the women give you an egg (either chocolate or hand painted) and a shot of something strong.

So anyway, we started at about 08.30. By 12.00 (when you have to finish) we had administered a lot of healthiness and had enjoyed a lot of shots. The only problem was that people don’t coordinate their choice of drinks, so we’d had some vodka, some slivovice, some rum, some home made blackcurrant liqueur, etc etc etc. It made for quite a quiet afternoon.

For more about Easter in the Czech Republic, see: 
http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_culture/czech_holidays/easter/

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