Autumn is upon us

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Amid reports of 90-degree temperatures in the American Midwest, we're grateful for the cool September weather here in Central Europe. Autumn is starting to unfold in Prague.

Perhaps one of the biggest indicators of Fall is the advent of Burcak (pronounced Ber-chak) a cloudy, yellow, partially-fermented young wine that packs more punch than one would expect. Next weekend, there will be a festival in a nearby square that celebrates the harvest, and big tankard Burcak trucks will roll in. Locals bring plastic bottles and fill them up and sit around and drink until it's gone. Czech friends say it wreaks havoc on the tummy, but I've also read it's a super source of Vitamin B. Here's our first carafe of the season, at Havlickovy Sady:

Speaking of drinks, the cool weather also calls for hot beverages, and one of my favorite things in the whole world is the hot chocolate at Cafe Louvre on Narodni Trida. It's thick and rich and divine.

The end of Summer also calls for a reduction in tourists; things are never exactly quiet, but having elbow room near the city's historic sites is nice.

Finally, people are trying to get their last visits to the beer gardens in before they close, usually in October. We hit this one up after trying a new church on Sunday.

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