Happy Thanksgiving. It’s time for festive food and family if you are lucky enough to have both. When I was in Eastern Europe last month, I noticed how important family was to Eastern Europeans. Food was also something they took very seriously, using fresh food bought at large markets or grown at home. I will have a post on “home” cooked meals we had in private homes. It was part of the program we had to experience life in the countries we visited. Another food related activity I found charming, was all the outdoor cafés all over cities of Eastern Europe. Why are they good for cities?
Colorful, contributing to a vibrant city culture, outdoor cafés make streets more dynamic places to walk, socialize, and dine. These are places not just about coffee and a quick bite, but places of ambiance and atmosphere. Café traditions around the world differ, but it is completely normal in Eastern Europe to linger for hours, reading a newspaper or checking the daily weather online.
If you want to know the latest news and gossip in town, have a seat at one of these colorful, flower-decked cafés like the one in Prague above and below. The leaders of the communist party once considered the cafés as a fulcrum of underground organization, and closed many down. Today in Eastern Europe, they thrive vivid with cultural life.
Looking up the street, you see both old world and a truly cosmopolitan city in each visited. Inhabitants are diverse and so is the delicacies served. You definitely want to have your taste buds fired on any trip to Eastern Europe. I was so fearful that I would have little I liked to eat and I did not find a dish not to enjoy.
In this day and age, Americans don’t socialize like they do elsewhere. In Eastern Europe you don’t see people always on cell phones. You see them sitting on benches talking, in the cafés meeting friends and shopping the street vendors. Sure some are on computers in the cafés, but many times it is those alone.
As creepy as this statue appears to us in the US, it really is a fun addition to the street. I never once saw leering construction workers checking out the women in short skirts. There must be a different sensibility in Eastern Europe. They sure do have the scenery.
Over on Nature and Wildlife Pics, you might want to get in on a debate. It is an interesting post on a bird that causes a lot of gardening grief, at least to some folks.