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Prague Christmas magic

In spite of the terrorist alarms that are shaking Europe, the Czechs continue to celebrate Advent and Christmas as they have for centuries with Christmas markets, gorgeous music, and church services in the city of Prague.

Here are some of my favorites:

Christmas market at Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square)

Winter beauty north of Prague, in Jicin Janské Lázně and Vrchlabi

around Prague

Weekend in Podebrady, August, 2015

"Poděbrady(German:Podiebrad) is a historical spa town in theCentral Bohemian Region,Czech Republic. It lies on the riverLabe50 kilometres (31 mi) east ofPragueon theD11 highway.  A historic milestone in the life of the town was the year 1905, when it was visited by the German estate owner, Prince von Bülow. This well-knownwater divinerfound in the inner courtyard of the castle signs of a strong spring, which was later bored to a depth of 97.6 metres (320 ft).  The discovery of carbonicmineral waterresulted in the opening of the first spa in 1908. AfterWorld War IPoděbrady rapidly changed into a spa town which from 1926 specialized in the treatment ofcardiovascular diseases, rapidly gaining renown not only in theCzech Republic, but also abroad in countries includingAustria,Germany,Russiaand theUnited States.

The history of Poděbrady reaches back to medieval times. A long-distance trade route running from Prague to easternBohemiaand then on toSilesiaandPolandpassed through the then-fo…