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Czech Your Teddy Bears At The Door

By Wyatt Earp | February 22, 2010

You have to hand it to the people of my grandparents’ homeland; they are nothing if not enterprising. A travel agency in the Czech Republic is starting a unique business for pampered toys. For a fairly reasonable fee, they will whisk your favorite plush toy around Prague, and capture the toy’s trip on film. I mean, it’s cheaper than taking the entire family over there, right?

I have to admit, this is a pretty cool – if somewhat odd – idea. Besides, I just know my daughter is going to make me .

PRAGUE – A newly formed Czech travel agency is offering escorted trips for pampered toys. Send them your favorite animal and they will whisk it around the sights of Prague, taking photographs of it against backgrounds like Prague Castle or the Charles Bridge.

In the past week, the venture’s website has logged over 15,000 visitors. One recurrent request has come from Japan where several toy owners are anxious to have snaps taken at a Bayern Munich match. The cost ranges from 90 euros ($121.5) to 150 euros.

“The most expensive package includes a massage, which takes place on a special rug laid out at a place with the view of the Charles Bridge. We light candles and incense sticks, lay down the plush toy on its back and Mr. Hlavka starts the massage,” Okamura said.

Maybe I’m biased because of the location, but am I the only one who thinks this idea is awesome?

Topics: Coolness! | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Czech Your Teddy Bears At The Door”

  1. Wes S. Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Well, Wyatt, apart from the toy fondling it sounds pretty cool. Or funny, anyway…

    …If you’ve got the money – and you aren’t worried that Mr. Hlavka will send Elmo home with an ahem, “pearl necklace,” then go for it.


  2. RT Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Wonder if the travel gnome makes an appearance for an extra fee. :)

  3. Veeshir Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I have to visit myself and most of my favorite toys go “boom”.

  4. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    We should do this! A Philadelphia tour of Betsy Ross’ House, the Liberty Bell, City Hall, Geno’s, The Mint, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ben Franklin’s grave.

    We’ll make a fortune.

  5. proof Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 3:51 am

    If I sent them my ex-mother-in-law, would they take her around Prague and shoot her. I mean her picture?
    Would they have to send her back???

  6. Sully Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Nice….. Oh, found a model for the Flyers jersey… have the pics up soon.

  7. Jon Brooks Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Could we send a toy stuffed pig to tour Mecca?

  8. Dennis Petty, aka MUD Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I think this would be agood idea if we could just send the kids. MUD

  9. Jon Brooks Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Two biologists, a czech and an austrian, went to Alaska to study grizzly bears. The ranger asked them to radio in every day at 3 PM from their remote location to assure him that they were alright. For 5 days every day at 3 PM they checked in with reports of a grizzly male and female pair they were studying near their campsite. The 6th day passed without a check in. On the 7th day, early morning, the ranger and two others flew to the remote site to physically check on them and found the campsite in disarry as if it had been torn up by wild beasts. Suddenly the female grizzly charged from the brush at the rescue party and was shot. They then cut her open to check her stomach contents and out of her fell the body of the austrian.
    The ranger turned to his comrades and said…This means the Czech is in the male.

  10. metoo Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Only somewhat odd?????

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    February 23rd, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Wes S. – I’m afraid he’ll kidnap Elmo and send him to the gulag.

    RT – I love those commercials.

    Veeshir – I wonder if they’ll transport my S&W .38 snubnose around Prague?

    Mrs. Crankipants – Partners! Let’s copyright it!

    Proof – Okay, that’s pretty damned funny.

    Sully – I cannot wait.

    Jon – It’ll come back as bacon strips.

    MUD – I can think of four that could use a vacation from my house. Oh, I’ve said too much.

    Jon – Ba dump bump!

    MeToo – I was giving them the benefit of the doubt.