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Come Czech Out One Of Europe’s Great Destinations! #VisitCZ

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What do you think of when you think of the Czech Republic?

Beer? Hockey players?

I am embarrassed to admit that these are the first two things I thought of when I accepted an invitation to a Travel Massive event celebrating Czech Republic tourism – at the Czech Republic embassy here in Ottawa.

While pilsner beer and Jaromír Jágr  may be great “ambassadors” for the Czech Republic, I learned there is so much more to this beautiful country that lies deep within the heart of Europe.

Steeped in history, dotted with ancient castles nestled in lush green hills, and overflowing with incredible scenery, the Czech Republic is a traveler’s dream destination.


Photo courtesy of Czech Tourism

One of the things I love about living in Ottawa is the chance to attend events like this one, celebrating everything Czech Republic. Ottawa is (of course) a city full of great embassies. Last summer, I had the honour of attending a garden party at the Norwegian embassy.

We spent our evening immersed in Czech culture and cuisine, experiencing just a small taste of what this great European country has to offer.


“We enjoy serving our beer with a thick head!” ~ Jiri Duzar – Czech Tourism

Speaking of cuisine, this fabulous spread of beautifully presented food (and Czech beer!) awaited us when we arrived at the embassy. From luscious deviled eggs topped with caviar (caviar – something I had never tried before!), to a delicious mushroom and meat sauce over rice, to the melt-in-your-mouth cream puffs, our Czech friends sure knew how to please their guests’ palates!

Czech Republic Cuisine

While I won’t mention names, someone I know managed to enjoy NINE deviled eggs during his evening there. From that piece of information you can probably tell that the deviled eggs were just a wee bit delectable! ***Edit: apparently, according to reliable sources, the final count of deviled eggs was TEN!

Oops! Yes…I said “his”. Well…that still leaves you guessing who it was. The only other hint I will give you was that it wasn’t my better half!

One of my favourite things about attending events like this in Ottawa is getting to spend time with some of my fellow bloggers: Vanessa from Turnipseed Travel, Andrea from A Peek Inside The Fishbowl, and Jenn from That’s What She Said.

Travel Massive Ottawa Bloggers

I attended this Czech Tourism event last night with thoughts of having an enjoyable evening out with friends, meeting some new friends, and enjoying a few drinks and snacks.

I came away with this – and more! For me, this evening ignited a huge desire to visit the Czech Republic! My list of must-see European destinations just got a whole lot longer!

Czech Republic City

Photo courtesy of Czech Tourism

I will leave you with some interesting facts…8 things you may not know about the Czech Republic:

  • the type of beer known as “pilsner” originated in the Czech Republic, in the city of “Pilsen”
  • Brno, Czech Republic, was named one of the 2016 Places To Go by the NY Times (#27)
  • they may be known for their beer, however, the Czech Republic also produces some great wines (small production)
  • the Czech Republic is the 10th safest destination in the world (out of 162 countries)
  • the largest European festival of films, focusing on popular science, is held every year in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The festival presents renowned films by the BBC, Discovery Channel or National Geographic.
  • Tom Cruise. Yes, scenes from Mission Impossible were filmed in Prague, Czech Republic. Remember when Jim Phelps falls into the famous Vltava River from the famous Charles Bridge?
  • Tomáš Baťa is a Czech entrepreneur who founded Bata shoes
  • Czechs LOVE Canadians! They really do! This was confirmed by my friend, Andrea, who has visited the Czech Republic a few times herself.

A special thanks to Vanessa and Ryan of Turnipseed Travel for organizing this Travel Massive Czech Republic evening! Thanks to Jiri Duzar from Czech Tourism for his great presentation – and for making me want to visit the Czech Republic! Thanks to Ambassador Pavel Hrnčíř, and his staff, for opening their home to all of us, and hosting such a wonderful evening out!






Disclosure: Canadian Blog House did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions are our own.

  1. June 2, 2016

    Jack Dawson

    Found your blog. Its really nice on Europe. I appreciate your article. If you want to go a Europe trip then you should have to know the information about the different place in world . So thanks for sharing all that important information.

    • June 2, 2016


      Thanks Jack! Appreciate your comments!

  2. April 17, 2016

    Linda Cassidy

    what an amazing way to learn about the different countries

    • May 11, 2016


      I so agree, Linda! I learned I knew so little about this great country! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. April 10, 2016

    Jason Magee

    It looks absolutely stunning! The food looks amazing as well. I’m not one to fly over seas or to leave Canada for that matter but for those that do travel, I will totally be leading to this post 🙂 Glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself.

    • April 10, 2016


      Thanks so much, Jason!! I have yet to fly overseas, but it’s on my bucket list. After seeing what the Czech Republic has to offer, it’s definitely on my bucket list! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. April 9, 2016


    Part of my heritage & on my bucket list some day. My nephew recently traveled there and I want to pick his brain on his trip. One set of my grandparents immigrated to Canada from Czechoslovakia. The foods I remember eating were very wholesome/ basic. Grandpa loved his poppy seeds, and they used them in a lot of baking. They made the BEST sauerkraut. Also, little individual round breads called Kolache were fabulous. These have an indentation in the middle filled with fruit; Grandma would make some with poppy seed filling, apple or prune usually. My mom still makes them, and I really need to get the family recipe too. So many wonderful places to visit, so little time!!

    • April 9, 2016


      I love your story, Gale! I had no idea you had Czech in your family heritage! All that food sounds so yummy! I love poppy seeds too but never think to add them to baking. Yes…you really must get that recipe from your mom. Especially if it’s something she knows by heart and it’s not written down. Thanks so much for stopping by to share this!

  5. April 9, 2016


    yes, the food!! wow!! what a marvelous & educational experience this must have been!

    • April 9, 2016


      The food was SO tasty, Joy! I may have eaten a few too many cream puffs myself 😉 It sure was interesting learning all about the Czech Republic, Joy. I didn’t realize how little I knew about it until last night! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. April 9, 2016


    Wow! The food looks amazing. Loved the 8 interesting things about the Czech Republic. Another great write up

    • April 9, 2016


      Oh it was, Christina! And I didn’t even capture it all! Thanks so much!

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