It’s Nearly Autumn
The reek of summer sweat in trams is replaced by the earthy scent of fallen leaves and the sweet aroma of mulled wine. This is a wonderful time of year to visit farmers’ markets, to stock up on seasonal produce and enjoy the crispness of new season apples.
It’s also the time of year to savour the flavour of intoxicating burčak. But be warned: it’s easy to drink too much of this sweet grape elixir, with the danger of fall no longer being the name of the season, but rather what happens when you tackle the steps to a metro station or try to climb onto a tram.
Still on the subject of food and drink, Food Festival Fishkus, a celebration of fish and seafood, is on September 24 at Smíchovská Náplavka. Then there’s the annual Prague Coffee Festival at venues around the city from 22 to 23 October, which includes tastings, workshops, lectures and a music program.
This is also an excellent time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. One of my favourite books is Run, Hike, Bike Prague by David Borrowman. David has put together a series of wonderful routes, most of which are far from the tourist hoards, and which allow you to glimpse a different side of Prague. I love walking through the forests in Prague 4, or gaining a new perspective of urban life strolling through Prague 8. The book includes hints on where to eat, where to get a beer, and how to get to the start of each route using public transport.
In autumn urban activities abound. O2 Arena is the venue for some big names in music. Red Hot Chilli Peppers on 4 September, Paul Simon on 17 October, the Cure on 22 October, and in November you can enjoy the music of Rod Stewart, Elton John and, for our younger listeners, Justin Beiber.
If classical music is more your style, don’t miss the Dvorak Prague festival and it’s varied programme of chamber music, orchestral concerts and recitals.
October sees one of my favourite events in Prague’s annual calendar of celebrations, the SIGNAL Light Festival from 13 to 16. Brave the crowds and pass the evenings strolling from sight to sight, feasting your eyes on the excitement of world-class illuminations.
Enjoy the cooler days and the soft autumn evenings, and make sure you get out and about to gain the most from your time in Prague.
by Dalice Trost
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