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John Snowman

John Snowman
Live in USA 115 points

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architecture 5 of 5
gastronomy 4.5 of 5
nightlife 3.5 of 5
culture 5 of 5
prices 3.5 of 5
safety 3.5 of 5
Since this is my first review here, I shall share my most recent Prague experience with you. Visited Prague many times, however never managed to have Sunday Brunch there, until about one month ago.I did get a booking for myself and my lady friend at the Intercontinental and it was awesome. Got table at the outdoor terace and since it was beautifull and warm day , the view was fantastic. Food "fit for a king" service unobtrusive and fast and the price not too bad. about 50 bucks per person ( + extra for the "premium wine" ). Simply a must when you visiting Prague over the weekend. Reservation is a must. For some unknown and silly reason, they do not run the Brunch in July and August. Not sure why, but they should

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location 4.5 of 5
visual aspects 2.5 of 5
atmosphere 2.5 of 5
quality of the food 2.5 of 5
staff 2 of 5
Can not help it, but I must fully agree with Renata and her review. For about 10 years Rybi Trh used to be "the place" to go for seafood. However my last two visits ( spread over two years ) were major disappointment as far as the quality of food and the service is concerned. I did asked around and was told that there was change in ownership. Well if this is the reason, maybe new owners should look back how things were done in the past. In my books the place went down from 5* rating to maybe 2-2-1/2 * . Too bad since there aren't that many good seafood restaurants in Prague. To be totaly fair, my major complaint is NOT so much about the food but mainly about QUALITY of service.

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location 4.5 of 5
visual aspects 4 of 5
atmosphere 4 of 5
quality of the food 5 of 5
staff 4.5 of 5
I did have the fortune to dine in this restaurant about one month ago. Until then I went to Ambiente ( Celetna Street ) for steak and never was let down. However during my last visit to Prague I followed the recomendantion of my czech lady companion and paid visit to La Casa Argentina. Thanks God I did listen. Top of the line establishment with fantastic menu ( as far as steaks are concerned ) and SUPER wine list. So if any of you are in Prague and feel like good steak , this is the place to have one

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Great service!

02.10.2014

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comunication 5 of 5
photos accuracy 5 of 5

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language skills 5 of 5
appearance 5 of 5
behaviour 5 of 5
service quality 5 of 5
Well we are little out of the sightseeing and restaurant "department" but I trust few notes about my last booking from Alit Group may be in order. After some struggle to agree on dates for the lady of my choice ( Izzie to specific ) we managed to meet in Vienna for 2 days. And WOW with capital "W" . Without going into specifics , it was 5* meeting all the way. Izzie is "mature" and inteligent young lady with almost flawless english with diverse interests. Not a dull moment during our 2 days together

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Cesky Krumlov

04.10.2014

knowledges (of a guide) 4.5 of 5
language skills 3.5 of 5
value for money 3.5 of 5
general satisfaction 4 of 5
I always wanted to visit Southern Bohemia and the oportunity presented itself with Martin Tours. I did book all day trip to Cesky Krumlov. Little remote ( almost 3 hour on the bus to get there ) but as we say "worth every penny". Medival town that straddles the Vltava river with beautifull castle. If you can get in, the tour of the castle is a must. Once done , walk down to the town itself. Small romantic streets with many good restaurants. We did walk around for about 2 hours and had leisury late lunch in one of the restaurants at the main square. Typically czech food , perhaps not healthy but very tasty. Perhaps the only drawback of the tour was limited english of our tour guide , but she was nevertheless very enthusiastic. All in all , do it if you have full day to spare

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architecture 4 of 5
gastronomy 3.5 of 5
nightlife 3.5 of 5
culture 3.5 of 5
prices 2.5 of 5
safety 3.5 of 5
During last August I spent 2 days in Vienna. Unfortunalely it was raining both days , so outdoor sightseeing was out of the question. However even on rainy days , there is lot to do. First day we took tour of the Opera.Lasting almost 2 hours, it was amazing. Our tour guide was young Austrian student with perfect English and lot of knowledge about the Opera. One of the most interesting thing we were explained was how the Opera shuts down and converts in one day to giant Ballroom where the famous Vienese Opera ball takes place. Young debutantes are introduced to the public and tickets to this event are hard to get and rather costly. If I am not mistakek. around 2000 $.

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value to visit 5 of 5
easy to reach 3.5 of 5
Maybe not as well known as the Colloseum or the Trevi Fountain , but is a gem that is not to be missed. Little out of the way ( we walked ) but if you take the taxi , you will miss some nice parts of Rome. Villa Borghese is sorounded by lovely park , nice but nothing to compare what awais INSIDE. To see how much art and trasures was one family able to collect and put together is simply mindboggling. Please do take the time, visit and you'd be amazed

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architecture 4.5 of 5
gastronomy 3.5 of 5
nightlife 3.5 of 5
culture 4 of 5
prices 3.5 of 5
safety 2.5 of 5
Yes Barcelona has lot to offer. During our visit last year we especially enjoyed the Picasso Museum and took all day tour to Montserrat Monastery, Little out of the way but really worth the trip. Perched on side of the hill , about 2 hours out of Barcelona , one wonders how it was build and how much effort it must have been to create such a beautifull place on steep hillside.Well the result is fantastic and you sholuld spend 2-3 hours up there, just wonder around and see it all

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Worth every penny

05.10.2014

location 4.5 of 5
visual aspects 5 of 5
atmosphere 4.5 of 5
quality of the food 4.5 of 5
staff 4.5 of 5
Beautifull restaurant with attentive staff and interesting concept. The food is good , but if you choose the menu ( try the BOHEME DEGUSTATION ) you definitely shoud go for the WINE PAIRING as well. The food portions are small but very tasty . Whoever pairs the wines ( I guess the head somellier ) dees wonderfull job. Their wine list is extensive and with the Boheme Deg. you will end up drinking Czech wines. And most of them vere very good. Little on the expensive side ( for the Czechs anyway - menu with wine around $ 200. Worth the try.

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architecture 4.5 of 5
gastronomy 4 of 5
nightlife 3.5 of 5
culture 3.5 of 5
prices 5 of 5
safety 3.5 of 5
Stayed at the Marriott the last time we went to Amsterdam. Figured out that the hotel should be able to recomend nice places to have dinner. Well yes and no. First night we went to Michlin Star restaurant called YAMAZATO. And it was a big let down. Shall not go into specifcs , but complained to Marriott concierge and he told us to try "local" restaurant just 2 streets over from Marriott. To bad I can not remember the name. Rather unique concept. Thay have NO MENU. Asked us how much we wish to spend and what are our "likes and dislikes " as far as food is concerned. And that was it. We had no idea what will be served , BUT we loved it. The food and the whole experience was FANTASTIC.

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Do it in the summer

07.10.2014

location 3.5 of 5
visual aspects 4.5 of 5
atmosphere 5 of 5
quality of the food 5 of 5
staff 4.5 of 5
If you are visiting Vienna during the 'warm months" as we did , go for old Vienna tradition - Heurigen. most of these establisments are placed in somewhat remote part of Vienna ( Grinzing ) but worth the trip. They serve mainly "local Austrian food" , austrian wines and AWESOME desserts. The apple strudel we had at HENGEL was awesome. And you must sit outdoors in the garden.

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Berlin wall

07.10.2014

architecture 3.5 of 5
gastronomy 3.5 of 5
nightlife 3 of 5
culture 3.5 of 5
prices 4.5 of 5
safety 3.5 of 5
John F Kennedy once declared- Ich bin ein Berliner. Well that was long, long time ago.For those ( like myself ) remembering the cold war , wisit to Berlin must include the Berlin Wall ( there are stil parts of it left intact ) Build practically overnight in 1961, it divided the west from the east and was subject to many movies. Another interesting part of this "comunist travesty" is Checkpoint Charlie. The "division of Berlin" lasted for 28 years and the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 started new chapter in history .

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History in making

07.10.2014

value to visit 4.5 of 5
easy to reach 4.5 of 5
If you can endure the always long line-ups, you will be rewarded with the Reichstag inner experience. definitely worth the wait. little mixed feelings about this one , mainly thanks to the fact that most of Reichstag fame comes from the time period we all would like to forget. Times are changing , so go in , soak up the history and enjoy the Cupola , if you can make it all the way up there

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location 5 of 5
visual aspects 5 of 5
atmosphere 4.5 of 5
quality of the food 5 of 5
staff 4.5 of 5
One of my all time favorites.Fantastic Czech ( and international as well ) cuisine. Sometimes hard to get a table on short notice, so reserve 2-3 days ahead if you can. The architecture and decor is fantastic. Been there about 6 times and tried just about everything on the menu. The food is awesome and deserts are tempting .Well done Mr. Pohlreich

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Awesome

07.10.2014

value to visit 5 of 5
easy to reach 5 of 5
Cemetery left "untouched" for centuries and so it should be. Stroll the grounds and take your time. After all , the odest grave there is almost 600 years old. Hard to imagine how so much history can be located almost in centre of Prague. So touching , I revisited 3 times

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location 5 of 5
visual aspects 5 of 5
atmosphere 4.5 of 5
quality of the food 4.5 of 5
staff 4.5 of 5
Been to Prague many times and never had a chance to visit this restaurant until August this year. And I was pleasantly suprised. Fantastic location , good food reasonably priced ( unlike Kampa Park ) and friendly staff. Surely would go back again.

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Not sure

19.11.2014

value to visit 2.5 of 5
easy to reach 4 of 5
Well I've been and I've seen. Perhaps "highly priced " pastime for the Spanish natives but for anyone from the western culture background it is sometning one can live without. Gruesome and sometimes bloody show , which is totaly out of order for families with younger children. On the other hand "when in Rome , do as the Romans do " so once you are in Madrid , you may as well see it and get it over with

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value to visit 4.5 of 5
easy to reach 4.5 of 5
Visit to Paris without spending half a day in Louvre would be meanigless. And what is most amazing that Louvre which had it first structures built in 12th Century had the guts to turn to American architect IM Pei to design something unique. So in 1989 the "Pyramid" was born and despite of early contraversy it has been the focal point of Louvre Museum. In order to see what is there to see, one would need 2 days. One day for the most important "stuff" might do it, but shorter visit than 1 day and you are risking that something unique, rare and priceless will be unseen by you. So make sure that you can devote whole day to your visit and you will not be sorry

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See the gardens

19.11.2014

value to visit 4 of 5
easy to reach 2.5 of 5
Visit to Chateau de Versailles is worth it. Little out of your way , about 45 minutes by car, but you can take the train. Once you pass the front gate with all the vendors , who are trying to sell you just about anything and are very hard to get rid-off , you find yourself with 3 chices. See it all or see the Chateau or opt for the gardens. In my opinion ( I saw it all ) the gardens are something out of this world PROVIDING you are wisiting in summer months. It may not be so nice and awesome in the winter. The fountains are just pure magic and the "musical show" is beyond description.

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Glass or no glass

19.11.2014

value to visit 5 of 5
easy to reach 4.5 of 5
And Eifell Tower had joined the "glass floor bonanza" By far not the first or the highest but unigue. So go and walk on it. Mere 57 meters above the streets of Paris. It is not as high as Toronto CN Tower glass floor - some 300 meters or nowhere the Grand Canyon "skywalk" that has 1450 meter "hole" bellow it , but what the heck. You will have the streets of Paris beneath your feet

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location 4.5 of 5
design of a hotel 4.5 of 5
visual aspect of a room 4.5 of 5
sleep quality 4.5 of 5
cleanliness 4.5 of 5
food quality 4.5 of 5
value for money 4 of 5
During my travels, I did stay at few Westin properties around the World. As far as the Westin Excelsior in Rome goes , we did stay for 3 nights and loved it. One has to admire the architecture of the building itself. Not exactly sure how old it is , but it's beautiful. Especially at night, when the hotel is lit. Rooms are large and very comfortable. The main advantage is the location. Walking distance to Spanish Steps, to Vila Borghese and to many other sights. Not exactly "cheap accomodation" but it was worth every penny. And plenty of fantastic places to eat in close proximity
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