Recently, as a result of a new cooperation established with Oko! Magazine, we went to talk with its co-founder Claire Dognini, a British expat, to learn more about her and her successful magazine which is available online, as well as in a paper form that is distributed in Prague.
The spooky season is here but the coronavirus makes it more difficult for us to truly enjoy it. Everyone would like to live their lives the way they had before the pandemic and there is no wonder many people feel like they are wasting their lives by being stuck indoors since the world has basically stopped. This might be the perfect time to escape the unpleasant reality by telling stories. And what could possibly be better than telling spooky stories now that Halloween is just around the corner?
Halloween is probably one of the most mysterious and scary holidays in the world. Do you celebrate it in your country? Do you know that in the Czech Republic we have a different holiday similar to Halloween? We would like to tell you more about the history of this Czech holiday that falls on November 2 and share some suggestions on how you could enjoy Halloween vibes during this unusual coronavirus time.
A set of new countermeasures was announced by the Minister of Health Roman Prymula on Thursday, October 8. Some of them come into force on Friday, October 9, the rest of them will apply from Monday, October 12. Most of them concern leisure activities, although restrictions affecting shopping or education were announced as well.
Most people right now are being sick of this coronavirus conversation. But anyway, it is a part of our days, so only one thing that we can do is to escape from the dark thoughts and fears and concentrate our attention on something positive, right? Therefore, we have prepared for you a list of events and festivals, which will take place in Prague this autumn. Festivals are a great opportunity to meet new people and enjoy a friendly and fun atmosphere. Of course, while keeping social distance and wearing a face mask when necessary.
During this uneasy period, when we all have to adapt to new circumstances, it is very simple to get depressed. Isn’t it a wonderful chance to go to the cinema theatre and switch your attention to a different reality? Take an enormous popcorn box, coca-cola, and stuff yourself. Or maybe you will just spice up your free time when you are going out with your friends, watching a new blockbuster.
If you are familiar with the history of Medieval Europe, then you surely know how much the continent was shaped by religion. It used to be an important part of people’s lives and religious figures held a lot of power. No wonder that a lot of money was spent on construction of sacral buildings such as churches, cathedrals, or monasteries. Churches and cathedrals had to be as beautiful as possible so people would respect (or fear) God and be willing to overcome their mundane suffering to rejoice later in the afterlife. Monasteries, on the other hand, were modest – one could not possibly reject earthly pleasures while surrounded by opulence!
Are you an architecture enthusiast? Well, then Brno is an absolute must for you! Besides mixing various architectural styles over the entire city, the city has several villas that are definitely worth a visit. Villas in Brno can be generally divided into two groups and whether you enjoy clean architecture or something more decorative, it definitely has a lot to offer. Are you a sworn minimalist? How about visiting villa Tugendhat or villa Stiassni? Or perhaps if you enjoy decorations and skilful art, you can visit Jurkovičova villa. Brno has it all.
If there is something history teaches us, then it’s that, for many various reasons, the past should not be romanticized. Sure, it has given us a lot of awesome things like castles, beautiful art, and so on, but in many ways, it can also be the source of nightmares. Even places that look like from a fairy tale can have a very dark past. That’s also the case of Velké Losiny – a picturesque village located near the city of Olomouc. At first glance, it looks all lovely but don’t let the village fool you by its cute exterior – it has quite a story to tell!
Hradec Králové is one of the oldest settlements in the Czech Republic. It is famous not only for its musical instruments manufacture but also it represents a centre of intellectual life, culture and education in Eastern Bohemia. In many ways, it contributed to the uplifting of the Czech nation and helped it to find its place in the international arena.