At the tail end of 2018 Lamy brought out a limited edition set that was available only in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. The only official way to purchase it was through the official Lamy shops and the local Lamy websites (which also confirmed the postal addresses were in the three areas so you could not order from another country – as a friend of mine tried to do). The limited edition set was a Safari with desk stand, pencil case, and extras, celebrating and licensed by Pokemon.
Continuing with my cover of English pens, it’s time to look at a modern ‘oldie’ and stalwart of the industry. The Italix Parson’s Essential from Mr. Pen. Back when I first started going to the London, UK Fountain Pen Club about three years ago this was still a ‘must have’ pen within the community, and for good reasons as it was cheap, good value for money, and with the availability of a very large number of hand ground and tested nibs (Peter Ford from Mr. Pen being the nibmeister). I tried one at the time, actually I tried this specific one at the time, and decided that maybe I would get one further down the line.
So, I’ve been back from Prague for a couple of days now, finished processing my photos from the Monday morning, and now I am catching up on posts (damn work for getting in the way). Now it’s time to give a short (I hope) summary of my views on the city, or more accurately Old Prague.
A taxi will set you back around Kč700 (about £25), and an UBER around Kč5-600 (about £18). So if I were to say you could go each way for just Kč24 or Kč32 and Kč16 per case I’d assume you’re be interested as long as it was not too much effort. Basically the cheapest way to travel is by bus and underground and should take under a half hour.
The plan was simple. Get up slightly late. Have breakfast. Pack, then check just before 11, leaving my bags at the hotel (which has a secure facility for luggage storage). This would give me roughly three and a half hours to wander round, grabbing photos, then a snack or light lunch before heading off to the airport. Continue reading
Prague is suffering through it’s own fault. By keeping regulation and enforcement on various form of adult and intoxicant entertainments light, combined with cheap flights in and cheap accommodation, it has become stag do and party capital of Europe. This has resulted in large groups of younger (though not entirely) people (yes not just men) roaming around in crowds, and then from mid afternoon on, starting to fill the myriad of bars, from where they emerge late in to the evening or early in the morning. Continue reading
It’s easy to lose track of time, especially when editing and uploading photos, writing a blog, and at the same time looking at the time on a device you’ve not synced locally. So when at 8 pm I got a call from some of the friends I had agreed to meet for diner earlier in the day I discovered it was not the 7pm I was seeing. Worse still I had only just started to look up where we should go. As our hotels were close to each other and one person, Edith – Aistair’s mother, has mobility problems, it made sense to go back to Potrefena Husa Nadroni, after all it does decent local food, and being a chain it is priced and targeted at locals, unlike virtually everywhere else around here. Continue reading
Normally I post at the start of a trip about where I’m hosting my travel/holiday pictures. It used to be WebShots, until they changed direction and effectively stopped hosting, then Photobucket, but that is slow and when they went to redo their pricing options it was beyond silly and plain greedy, so I now just have a very limited free account. I’ve still used it for this trip, but as I have to rotate photos out these may only stay in place for a year or two. I’ve not found a suitable alternative, that has sufficient space on a free account, allows a tree structure so I have have different albums per holiday and sub albums/folders for a level or two below, and don’t take/steel owenership. Answers on a postcard 😉 (Flickr, Imgur, Google Photos, FaceBook are all not suitable for various reasons). Continue reading
It was back to the Klementinum this morning, for an exhibition on the Narod Lodge and key moments in Freemasonry in The Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia at the gallery. This is open to the public, and while not large, is well done and rather interesting. Continue reading
I’ve been in two minds whether to do a post about today. Not because of any secretive stuff with connection to the Masonic part, but more because there’s little of interest to the traveler. Nite little, not none.