Helena Fejkova is a well known name in this country - she is a leading Czech fashion designer whose models make a statement at any gala evening. Seeing her showered with bouquets on the big night, you'd think her life was all champagne and roses - but of course it is a lot of hard work and a feeling of responsibility for her employees.
While Czech supermodels wow the fashion crowds in Paris, London and Rome, here in the Czech Republic teenage models of lesser repute -but great promise- are also strutting down catwalks sporting the latest fashion trends.What is the Czech fashion scene like more than a decade after the fall of communism? Have Czechs become more fashionable and fashion conscious? This week I talked to Mrs. Anna Nandradzi, an image consultant who recalls queuing up all night to get her hands on a Western fashion magazine in the days of the Iron Curtain. And we began
In Spotlight last time we looked at a special little cafe in Dejvice in Prague 6, a picturesque part of the city that includes many leafy lanes, quiet walks, and villa districts, close to the city's famous Stromovka park and accessible from the Dejvice and Hradcanska metro stations. This week we complete our look at Prague 6 hang-out spots you might want to visit, either on your way from the Castle, or on your way to Stromovka park. One is a fast-food eatery specialising in Mexican fast food, something that is not nearly as common in Prague as
One of the country's most popular ski-resorts, Harrachov, which has only 1730 inhabitants and is just about five minutes away from the Polish border. Situated some 650 metres above sea level in Northern Bohemia, Harrachov's main profit comes from tourism. There are over ten ski lifts and 8 trails in the area and lit slopes make it possible to ski in the evening. Conditions for both downhill and cross-country skiing are favourable and one can even find ski-jumps, where some World Cups take place.
Czech cuisine may not have the international reputation of its French, Italian or Japanese counterparts, but I wonder if that is just because it has not had the opportunity to flaunt itself on the international stage. While some may snigger, I have to admit that I quite enjoy Czech food, and I would be quite pleased to see my favourite Czech dishes readily available in London, New York, Paris, Sydney and Tokyo.
We all know that Prague is a major international tourist destination, but have you ever wondered where the Czechs go on holiday? While Czech travel agencies advertise tickets and deals for far away places all over the world, the most popular destination for Czechs is a place not so far away. It's somewhere Slavic, and somewhere with a sea. It's Croatia. And every year around a million Czechs holiday there - or one-tenth of the Czech Republic's population.
The Czech Republic is going through another heatwave this week and with temperatures in the low 30's many Czechs are reaching for refreshments such as ice-cream, salads, and their famous open sandwiches. What many fail to realise, however, is that all of these foods contain dairy products such as eggs and mayonnaise, which are often full of the Salmonella bacteria.
Jiri Kral is chef at the French restaurant in the Art Nouveau "Obecni dum" just off Republic Square in Prague. He is one of the Czech Republic's most accomplished cooks, and earlier this year he was part of a Czech team that battled through to the final of one of the most highly respected international culinary competitions, Culinary Challenge 2002, which took place this year in Singapore. The team surprised the competition from countries far more famous for their cuisine by bringing home both a bronze and a gold medal. Here Jiri Kral talks
In the past few years, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest and Bratislava have seen numerous restaurants spring up all over the cities, offering a wide selection of food ranging from light salads and sandwiches to hearty meals and deserts. However, whilst visitors from abroad find the meals reasonably priced, many locals cannot afford to eat out and therefore eat at home and only visit restaurants on special occasions. Find out what their home-cooked meals are like in this week's Central Europe Today where Dita Asiedu visits a chef in Prague and makes a three-course
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“Einstein in Bohemia” – Part II: how alienation in ‘half-barbaric’ Prague led him to a new theory of gravity, eventual love of a free Czechoslovakia
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