Tour company Eat With Locals allows visitors to Prague to do just that, taking them to restaurants and cafés they might never find on their own and giving them the lowdown on various aspects of Czech food culture and more. The firm was started last year by Lenka Pavlíčková, who has both a background in business and a deep passion for food and travel. When we spoke at a café on Wenceslas Square, I asked Pavlíčková what kind of people were signing up for the Eat With Locals tours.
Much has been written about Prague as a literary city, as a place that has spurred the imagination of writers. Usually the focus is on the myths of “Magic Prague” from the more distant past, but we tend to hear less about how the city has changed in the literary imagination in more recent years. Lucy Duggan is a young academic and writer from Oxford University and she has decided to focus her research on Prague as seen through the eyes of contemporary Czech writers. Prague is also the setting of her own novel, “Tendrils” published in 2014. In this
The City of Prague and eMoneyServices have reached a deal on a number of outstanding issues on the Opencard, the multi-purpose card used by commuters in the city’s public transit system. EMS was the former operator of the card but failed to secure a new contract with the former administration which charged the firm’s proposal was grossly overpriced. An expert witness, together with EMS experts, will conduct a diagnostic test of the electronic Opencard system; the city is hoping that they will be able to smooth out problems which emerged.
Family, friends and members of the public paid their last respects to legendary film and theatre actor Lubomír Lipský who died on October 2nd at the age of 92. The ceremony took place at ABC Theatre in Prague, where he performed for more than 50 years. More than 40 fellow actors attended on Friday to say goodbye.
The police have passed the case against three members of the guerrilla art group Ztohoven on to the state prosecutors office, police spokeswoman Andrea Zoulová has confirmed. The members of the renegade group, between the ages of 33 and 41, made international headlines when they posed as chimneysweeps, climbed onto the roof of Prague Castle, and replaced the presidential flag, an official symbol of the Czech Republic, with a pair of enormous red underpants. The move was meant as criticism of the current head-of-state’s past public behaviour and policies. The police charged the three with disorderly conduct, theft and the damage of private property; damages incurred in the stunt have been tabulated at 90 thousand crowns.
An open-air exhibition in remembrance of Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved the lives of 669, mostly Jewish children, by arranging their evacuation from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of WWII, gets underway on Wenceslas Square in Prague on Wednesday. The exhibition, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, consists of 28 panels with photographs presenting the life story of Winton and the children he saved. It will run through the end of October. Sir Nicholas died on July 1 this year at the age of 106.
The head of the Prague Castle guard, Radim Studený, has been dismissed, the spokesman of the Czech head of state, Jiří Ovčáček announced on Monday. Studený’s imp[ending dismissal had already been signaled by Czech president Miloš Zeman, over the failure of the castle guard to prevent the guerilla artistic group, Ztohoven, hanging some massive red underpants from a castle flagstaff instead of the presidential standard. The stunt has already cost the head of the president’s bodyguard his job. The president’s spokesman said other changes in the staff as a result of the underpants stunt could still be in the pipeline.
Petr Dongres, the former head of President Zeman’s security team, has been appointed deputy head of the special operations force responsible for protecting public officials and visiting foreign dignitaries, the ctk news agency reports. Dongres asked to be released from his post in the president’s service after a breach of security last month in which activists, posing as chimneysweeps, managed to climb onto the roof and hung a pair of red underpants in place of the presidential standard. He had served as head of security at Prague Castle since 2012 when his predecessor Jiri Sklenka resigned after a man in the street shot several pellets at then president Klaus from an airsoft plastic gun.
The reserve price of 790 million crowns was offered in an auction of a choice piece of real estate in the centre of Prague on Wednesday. One foreign bidder, whose identity has not been revealed, made the offer for the former monastery building on Náměstí Republiky. The building, oned by the state, has long been largely abandoned. The buyer has 60 days to pay. The building carries a conservation order which could limit its future uses. The monastery was founded by Irish monks in the 16th century.
President Miloš Zeman has said that in the event that his chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, fails to get top–level security clearance, there will always be a “respectable place” for him at Prague Castle. The Czech media reported this week the chief-of-staff had allegedly not been cleared and the chancellor himself confirmed on Friday that was the case. In the past the president said the aid, who applied for clearance in December 2013, could not remain in the post if he failed to receive it. But the president made clear on Thursday that he fully expected Mr Mynář to appeal the decision if it was in the negative.
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