A Unique Way to Compare Historic and Current Prague (Unikátní způsob pro porovnání historické a aktuální Prahy)

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Would you like to see how Prague used to look like 100 years ago? You may want to go to the website below that shows authentic Prague photos and compares them to real paintings by the Czech artist Jan Minarik (1862 – 1937). The website is well done and easy to use, and allows you to move a bar in the middle of the photo to look at the old painting or the most recent photographs. You will be able to see places such as Havelsky trh, Kaprova and Maiselova Street, Charles Bridge, the National museum building, and many other beautiful places in the capital of the Czech Republic. You will be able to explore a total of 29 photograph/paintings and see, in some cases, dramatic changes in the landscape, and building sizes and orientation. Continue reading

Enjoy the Czech Hospitality of the Past (Vychutnejte si české pohostinství z minulosti)

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Do you still remember going to Czech restaurants and pubs with tacky decorations, dirty walls, sticky tables or dirty tablecloths with set in stains? The food from that era was very simple, maybe too oily or salty, but very cheap. In places like this you could find interesting people and an atmosphere that was much different form the one you may experience today. This week you can find a restaurant like this in Prague 3 called “U dvou Hrabalu” on Chelcickeho 14 Street. The restaurant was re-designed to show what Czech or even Slovak pubs used to look like in the eighties or maybe even earlier times. Until Sunday, the visitors have a chance to go back in time to re-live the past that may have already been forgotten.

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A Real American Hero in the Czech Republic (Pravý americký hrdina v České republice)

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Collapsing Eiffel Tower or a Paris Rooftop scene? If you watched G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, you could see just that and more. Even though the set looked like it was located in Paris and other geographical locations, it was actually carefully designed in Prague. The motion picture is just another movie that was filmed in the Czech Republic, but one of the characters was played by the Czech supermodel and actress Karolina Kurkova, who is now expecting her first child with her fiancé Archie Drury. Many Czechs and Slovaks may not be familiar with this “Real American Hero” that has such long history in the American culture. Why the Czech Republic and who is G.I. Joe then? We will try to answer these questions and show you some interesting videos from behind the scenes and from the past of this action figure. Continue reading

Will Prague Ever Host the Olympics? (Bude někdy Praha hostit olympijské hry?)

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More than six years ago Pavel Bem, the mayor of Prague, informed the public of his intention to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2016. Even the former mayor of Prague, Jak Kasl, supported this idea when he signed a contract with the Czech Olympic Committee. Two years later Pavel Bem stated that this idea became a serious plan. As he stated, “Prague would become a special location to organize such an event that would bring lots of attention to the city,” but would it actually be able to host such an event? Today we don’t have to think about this question since the event organizers withdrew their plan due to the current economic crisis. Nevertheless, the Olympic candidacy has already cost the city about 70 million crowns. Was it a smart idea to withdraw or not? Continue reading

Czech Etiquette I (Česká Etiketa I.)

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Visiting the Czech Republic can bring many experiences. Some of them may be good ones, while others can bring negative impressions or embarrassment. Our new series on Czech etiquette should help you to overcome the culture shocks that visitors to the Czech Republic may experience. You may also follow these rules when visiting Slovakia, since the Czech and Slovak cultures are very similar to each other.

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Masopust (Feast) and Lent (Fasting) Together? (Hody (Masopust) a Půst Dohromady?)

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The traditional Czech carnival, called “Masopust” should end the night before Ash Wednesday that is known to be the first day of Lent – a period of fasting. This year, however, it was extended. The Old Town Square in Prague is still full of music and folklore ensembles. The carnival actually started on Ash Wednesday and, therefore, it is overlapping with the period of fasting from food and festivities. Why? There are two simple reasons behind it.

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Silence in Prague “Illuminates” the Vltava River (Ticho v Praze “Osvětluje” Vltavu)

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The title probably does not make sense to all of you that did not hear about the project “Transparency 2009.” This project started in the beginning of January and it will last throughout the Czech Presidency over the EU. The light creations introduce new visions and ideas of six different artists from different countries. The fifth exhibition by Ulla Rauter just started and illuminates the Vltava River every night after midnight. To us, this is the most interesting exhibit out of all five already displayed and it can really bring peace to your mind through the creative idea behind it.

 

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See the Czech Republic in Less Than 10 Minutes (Spatřete Českou Republiku za Méně Než 10 Minut)

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Prague Castle (www.15wheelsetcongress.com)

After our successful video post with the Czech Christmas fairy tales, wer are adding another video sequence about Prague and the Czech Republic. We have selected two slideshows and two videos. All of them have something special about our country including famous politicians, movie stars, models, writers, conductors and more. Beautiful pictures of countryside, castles and cities don’t need explanations at all. The videos will either bring you back home or introduce this beautiful country to you for the first time. Enjoy!

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Woodrow Wilson Monument to Return to Prague (Návrat Pomníku Prezidenta Wilsona do Prahy)

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Wilson monument in Prague

How many of you know that there was a monument to an American President in Prague? Yes, there was a statue of Woodrow Wilson located at the main train station in the center of Prague. The monument was destroyed by the Nazis in 1941 and was forgotten for more than 60 years. A new project, initiated by American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR), will renew this monument in Prague to remind us of the close ties the Czech Republic and United States share.

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CPL Celebrates 150 Years – Discover the History of Czechoslovakia (CPK Slavi 150 Let – Poznejte Historii Ceskoslovenska)

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Many of you living in the United States probably know that Macy’s is celebrating 150 years in business. However, how many of you know that the Czech Parliamentary Library (CPL) I celebrating the same anniversary just today? Its oldest document is dated to November 24, 1858. The CPL is located at the premises of the Czech Parliament Chamber and is the oldest administrative center of the House of Czech Parliament. Its electronic version also lets you to see documents from any part of the world in the form of text, images and also sounds. If you are interested in the history and political data of Czechoslovakia, it is worth your visit.

 

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Ceske Byty z Pohledu Americana v Prekladu (Czech Apartments by Americans Translated to Czech)

This time English version below.

Nedavno jsme vydali clanek o pohledu Americana na cesky byt v Praze. Uvedomili jsme si, ze Cesti ctenari si nebudou moci precist tento clanek, a proto piseme tento preklad pro vsechny, kteri by chteli zjistit, jake se na nase byty diva cizinec – American.

 

NAHLEDNUTI DO PRAZSKEHO BYTU

Je to vzdycky napinave prochazet se novym domovem. Otevrete vsechny dvere, nadsen k nahlednuti do kazde mistnosti.

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90th Anniversary of Foundation of Czechoslovakia Today (Dnes 90. Vyroci Zalozeni Ceskoslovenska)

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Today, on 28th of October, Czech citizens will have a chance to see a two-hour parade to celebrate foundation of the independent Czechoslovakia. The parade will take place on Evropska Street in Prague 6 at 1 PM with 2,102 participants with 196 pieces of equipment.

 

The parade will include participation of the President of the Czech Republic, Czech defense minister, the Castle Guard units, Army of the Czech Republic, the Czech Republic Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Medical Rescue Services, and the City Police.

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