HCYB Away Blogs

Follow the band here.  The most recent posts are shown first so you are reading a story in reverse.  Please scroll down to see previous posts.  And PLEASE enhance the life of the Blog by adding your comments.

(All comments are moderated before publication and your email address is not displayed on the Blog).

 RSS Feed

  1. On Friday morning we explored the area around the castle.  We watched the changing of the guard, went into St. Vitus Cathedral inside the courtyards of the castle.  The area is high up, with trees, and is very beautiful.  The views across the city below were spectacular.  Then in the early afternoon the band performed outside the castle gates in Hradanske Square which is surounded by historical houses and palaces.  There was an impromptu happy dance by a group of teenage girls who were passing through.  The band attracted large numbers of appreciative people who watched from all around the square.

    Hradanske Square 1

    Hradanske Square 2

    Hradanske Square 3

    Hradanske Square 4

    Hradanske Square 5

    Hradanske Square 6

    Hradanske Square 7

    Hradanske Square 8

     

    Hradanske Square 9

    Hradanske Square 10

    Hradanske Square 11

    Hradanske Square 12

    Hradanske Square 13

    More to follow later, plus photos from the finale concert at the Czech Museum of Music.

  2. Thursday morning in Jan Palach Square.  This is situated on the right bank of the Vitava River just next to the Charles Bridge from where you can look up towards Prague Castle.  The building behind the band is the Rudolfinium Concert Hall, built in the late 19th Century.

    IMG_5424

    Jan Palach Square 3

    Jan Palach Square 4Play started to a small audience of passers by as below but it swiftly grew to a decent sized and very appreciative audience.

    Jan Palach Square 5

    Jan Palach Square 6

    Jan Palach Square 7

    Jan Palach Square 2

    In the afternoon the band performed in the beautiful St Nicholas Church in Old Town Square.  It is a late Gothic and Baroque church built in 1730s with an enormous chandelier.

    St Nicholas Church1

    St Nicholas Church12

    St Nicholas Church13

    St Nicholas Church15

    St Nicholas Church14

    St Nicholas Church8

    IMG_5438

    St Nicholas Church10

    St Nicholas Church9

    St Nicholas Church11

    St Nicholas Church16

    St Nicholas Church17

    St Nicholas Church18

    St Nicholas Church19

    St Nicholas Church2

    St Nicholas Church7

    St Nicholas Church6

    St Nicholas Church4

    St Nicholas Church5

    St Nicholas Church20

    The Church was packed full and the performance was very well received.

    St Nicholas Church21

    St Nicholas Church22

    St Nicholas Church24

    St Nicholas Church25

    St Nicholas Church26

    St Nicholas Church27

    St Nicholas Church29

    St Nicholas Church23

  3. After a delicious round of baguette sandwiches the band members made their way to the park in Podebrady for their second performance of the day in a tented stage to a very appreciative seated audience.

    Podeb1

    Podeb2

    Podeb3

    Then after some ice cream drove back to Prague where we were genuinely delighted to see a brief shower as we entered the city.  Supper, chill out time and then to bed for another prompt start tomorrow.

  4. We went by coach from Prague in an easterly direction to the spa town of Podebrady.  We started with a guided visit of the glass factory Crystal Bohemia.

    We watched an introductory film that explained the manufacturing process, had a viewing of their museum and then a guided tour of the factory itself, seeing the mechanical and blown methods.  We watched the glass being etched by hand and then we had a little visit to the shop.

    This was a fascinating tour.

    Glass1

    Glass2

    Glass3

    Glass4

    Glass5

    Glass6

    Glass7

    Glass8

    Glass9

    Glass11

    Glass12

    Glass13

  5. Mike and Mark, who have the patience of saints and do far more than cart us from A to B.

    Barry 1 and 2

    On our way to the site of our first concert of the day... BlogEd just had to snap a Prague tram, a feature of the city since 1875.

    PragueDay2

    The band's first concert of the tour today was in front of the historic Estates Theatre opera house where Mozart's Don Giovanni was first performed.

    Moz1

    Moz2

    Moz3

    Moz4

    Moz5

    Moz6

    Moz7

    Moz8

    Moz9

    Moz10

    Moz11

    Moz12

    Moz13

    Moz14

    Moz15

    Moz16

    Moz17

    Moz18

    Moz19

    Mozart Square Aerial view

    Mozzy1

    Mozzy2a

  6. Welcome to the Blog.  Follow the tour here.  If you want alerts for each new post then click on the RSS feed icon above - you'll need to have an RSS feed reader installed on your device.

    When you drop your band member to the coach please hand in passport and health insurance cards in to a tour leader LOOSE and NOT in a plastic bag/wallet.  They are then batched and bagged separately by the tour team. 

    See you all on Monday at 1.30pm.