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madox07

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Hey guys, I am fixing to leave for the Czech Republic tomorrow morning, actually will be staying in Prague for a few nights. Have any of you guys been there before? Any Good tobacco shops down town Prague? I guess they call a tamper a Czech tool for some reason, so I am guessing that Czech tobacco culture should be really rich. I would truly appreciate suggestions!!!

 

mso489

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I've never been to Prague, but I know it is a beautiful and richly historical city. They seem to export either cheap pipes or expensive ones, without much in between. No tobacco blending that I know of. You might discover something terrific on the pipe front. Bon voyage and safe passage.

 

madox07

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Mso thank you. I have found a good tobacco shop with the help of locals, but it did not reach up to my expectations. I did buy a czech pipe, a church warden, not very expensive but which smokes great. I have also found a number of blends that are not readily available where i live, for example orange blossom from rattrays or presbitarian from planta. On the other hand i expected bulk tobbaco, a rich variety of local blends ... not a single jar of bulk. The lady that worked there was not very helpful.shejust sold stuff and that was pretty much it. I mean come on she didn't even know that the pipe she sold me was briar. The shop was far from its former glory. In days past it was a two story store, now the wooden interior stair well was barred with a rope, visitors were no longer allowed. Their humidor was impresive. Not a walk in, but roughly 20 m long, book shelf style with cubans grouped by years. I bought a few things, but not overly impressed. Something tells me that pipe smoking fell out of fashion over there .. i mean savinely, davidoff (most expensive pipes and tobacco in the shop) and peterson pipes occupied most of shelf space. They are great brands don't get me wrong, but i expected far more from local manufactures. I will post pictures once i get to my home computer ...

 

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mso489

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The cigar culture sounds stronger than the pipes at that shop anyway. I think you pretty much scouted it out. That may be the best Prague has. Not bad, but not great. After all, even in New York City these days, most of the pipe shops aren't what they used to be, and out in the neighborhoods, like in Queens, there is next to nothing. I bet Prague has wonderful things otherwise -- food, art, music, and etc. Have a great visit.

 

madox07

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Prague .. the city itself a totaly different story. Growing up in Temeswar, formerly a austro-hungarian city and currently in Romania, i always held vienna in highest esteem. Let me tell you, prague is a must see and it over shadows vienna in many aspects in spite of the fact that the the latter was an empire capital for longer. Culture wise, it truly reflects architectural styles of over 1000 years. The food is fantastic, beer is cheap and easily competes to german quality and standards. Not sure about absynthe, not to my taste - would have been interesting if wormwood was still legal. Music is found at every corner, ranging from classical to modern. On friday don giovani plays in the original opera house where it debuted almost 300 years ago. Sadly we leave tomorrow for karlo vivary, followed by ulm where we have some relatives. Wish we could have stayed a couple more days ..

 

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We will ride our bikes to the Czech Republic by end of July. Reading your review I won´t need to search for a pipe shop though. Sad but I think the city will make up to that...

 

mso489

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Whoa, wormwood absinth had some dire health effect, maybe to the liver. It was a little like Fugu sushi. You took a risk on a drink by drink basis. The food and beer sounds worth the trip! I think Chicago has some good Czech restaurants, but unfortunately, growing up there, I didn't have a car. In some neighborhoods, which can be exclusive to a particular nationality, they still speak the respective languages, and I'm sure Czech is one of them, and likely they have the food cooked the correct way. But it's no substitute for going to Prague!

 

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Well, finally home and here are the pics. The shop was "Sherlocka Holmes Trafik". stvalentine If you find yourself in winceslas square, give it a shot, what do you have to lose? The second image is the display of the local manufactured pipes, and the third is my purchase.

 

newbroom

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Elegant purchases. Lovely European (old, established, and seemingly more intimate) city.

 

madox07

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stvalentine here is the exact address :
https://www.google.ro/search?q=sherloka+holmes+in+prague&rlz=1C1GGRV_enRO752RO752&oq=sherloka+holmes+in+prague&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.7097j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#q=sherlock+holmes+in+prague&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=50082877,14436098,1327&tbm=lcl&rldimm=15124224100967150512&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sEAE,lf:1,lf_ui:2

 
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