The Little Mole
Nov03

The Little Mole

Every Czech child knows cartoons which feature the little mole (“krteček”). And not only Czech children. The mole is broadcasted in many other countries of the world. It appears in books, there are toys, jigsaw puzzles etc. based on the films. The little mole adventures are designed for children around 2-4 years of age but remain popular among older children as well as the parents. How it all began? Interesting aspect of this cartoon...

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Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence
Oct28

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: The Father of Czechoslovak Independence

At a corner of the Hradčany Square in front of the Prague Castle stands a bronze statue of an elderly man with the letters TGM on the pedestal. The man is Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, a philosopher and also a politician whose finest hour came when he was well into his 60’s. During World War I he advocated the independence of Czechoslovakia. He then served 17 years as the first President of the new state. His death in 1937 was seen by...

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The Charles Bridge
Oct16

The Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge, which is now one of the main tourist attractions of Prague, was built not because of tourist but because it was a vital connection between both banks of the Vltava. A bridge was badly needed soon From the very beginning, Prague consisted of several units separated by the river. The left bank (i.e. Hradčany and the Lesser Town) was the seat of the dukes and later kings, the bishop of Prague as well as some highest...

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The Oldest Czech Legends
Oct07

The Oldest Czech Legends

Today, I would like to tell you a bit of facts – and lot of myths – about the origins of the Czechs and about the founding of Prague. Please come in, the story begins… Where did the Czechs come from? The Czechs are members of the Slavs, ethnic group which emerged in Eastern Europe (what is today Ukraine) around 500 AD. The Czechs’ ancestors migrated west. During 6th century, the Slavs arrived to Bohemia and Moravia. The legend...

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Brief Guide to Czech deli food: Part 1
Oct01

Brief Guide to Czech deli food: Part 1

Food issues in Prague are quite delicate – foreigners who want to taste the local cuisine undergo a serious risk. A typical death caused by a Czech dish is being choked with a dumpling, or death due to a lethal bladder collapse. This means, exploring Czech cuisine is a kind of extreme sport or a high adrenalin adventure for people who long for a near -death experience. Well, I am extraroggating a bit, on the other hand, we should...

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The Murder of St Wenceslas
Sep26

The Murder of St Wenceslas

In Prague, it is impossible not to stumble upon a reference to “(svatý) Václav”  – that is (St) Wenceslas. For example, Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square) bears his name. If you were in St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle, you have perhaps looked into Kaple svatého Václava (St Wenceslas Chapel) – where his remains are also kept. There are several statues of St Wenceslas around Prague as well. Naturally, a large one is on the...

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