The taxi ride into Prague late one October night is a bit ominous. Single country lanes and a dark gloom welcome me. My driver speaks no English and despite being well travelled, and having visited Prague twice before, I'm feeling a bit apprehensive. The feeling doesn't last long.
It turns out I've been put up in a palace. The kind of place you dream about one day having. Herringbone wooden floors, a fridge full of food that's perfectly familiar, and not, at the same time.
What's more I'm located right in the heart of things by the National Theatre. The cutting room is only a few kilometres away and easy to get to via a direct tram. The production supplied me with a travel pass so it’s all made vey easy.
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UPP cutting room
UPP is an excellent facility. Complete with large bar area and complementary coffee made with a smile. In fact the whole experience of working with a mixed crew of English and Czech in editorial went very smoothly. There were two locally provided assistants headed up by a Canadian 1st and a Hungarian VFX editor. By the time I come on board for the third block the systems were already set up and I had no problems slotting into their work flow.
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The crew are predominantly Czech and to get to know a few of them I spend my first day without rushes, preparing a dinner party. Alway a good way to meet the team, especially on foreign assignments. There is no language barrier with the people I’m working with directly as they all speak perfect English. It’s just as well because Czech is incredibly complicated.
[one_half_first] [/one_half_first][one_half_last] Prague is a beautiful city. To me it's like Paris and Berlin rolled together. I heard a story about Hitler's love of the place. Apparently it was spared bombardment during the second world war because there were no munitions factories there or noteworthy military targets, so much of its gothic architecture has remained perfectly preserved. [/one_half_last]
The dancing house
Prague Old Town Square
The Charles Bridge and Castle complex are definitely worth a visit and you can walk to them from the old town. It's a great days outing and a good starting point for the Prague virgin.
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The Charles Bridge
The Castle complex
The Jewish quarter is also well worth a visit.
Working abroad could seem a daunting prospect to some, but the reality is that if you make a bit of an effort to integrate, it is an incredibly rewarding experience. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Czech capital and have compiled a list of recommendations for restaurants bars and entertainment venues.
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Donská 168/19, 100 00 Praha 10, Czechia
+420 720 030 151
Great local cinema
Café in the woods
Krymská 12, 101 00 Praha 10, Czechia
+420 731 413 964
There are plenty of cool local places around here including this fridge full of beer:
U Milosrdných 12, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město-Praha 1, Czechia
+420 725 821 878
Tesco (just like London.. Well almost)
MY, Národní 63/26, 113 89 Praha 1-Nové Město, Czechia
+420 222 815 582
If Tesco is too confusing they have M&S
Marks and Spencer
Melantrich, Václavské nám. 793/36, Nové Město, 110 00 Praha-Nové Město-Praha 1
+420 224 237 503
If you're missing trendy shopping head to Denim Heads
Konviktská 30, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 224 283 974
Great jazz place on a barge on the river.
Janáčkovo nábř. 2, 150 00 Praha 5, Czechia
+420 774 058 838
Alriso risotteria italiana
Gluten free Italian and it's amazing!
Betlémské nám. 11/259, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 222 233 341
Týnská 1053/21, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 222 325 440
The classic Czech style food option cheap hearty and great beer
Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 222 316 265
ART & FOOD
Great place for art and food
Plaská 617/4, 150 00 Praha 5-Malá Strana, Czechia
+420 251 512 063
A Prague institution
Dlouhá 33, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
+420 608 060 745
Cross Club Kavárna
A bit more out there but definitely worth checking out
Plynární 1096/23, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice, Czechia
+420 736 535 010