1989 Velvet Revolution: a peaceful protest which can inspire!

Exactly 30 years ago, a student protest against communist rule was put down in Narodni street in Prague and this rebellion became known as the Velvet Revolution. Why velvet? Because Czechs like metaphors and velvet fabric is soft and smooth, which translates to peaceful and non-violent.  The organisers of the revolution agreed that they would

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Things to know about the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia

Today, the Czechs are remembering one of their several painful moments in the history of our country. It has been exactly 50 years since the USSR-led forces have invaded Czechoslovakia. The reason for the invasion was due to the Prague Spring. This was a period in which the Czechoslovak communist government tried to relax some

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HAUNTED PRAGUE

In honor of Halloween (a holiday which isn’t really celebrated much here except perhaps as an excuse for a rockin’ themed bar party), this week we’ll re-present a few good, old-fashioned Prague ghost stories which I have taken the liberty of retouching a bit for dramatic effect. Several years ago I worked them up as

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Part 1 – CZECH EMIGRANTS, Leaving and Returning

During the chaotic history of Czechoslovakia during the latter part of the 20th century, quite a number of its citizens found it necessary to leave, for various reasons, regardless of whatever feelings they might have had towards their homeland. The Nazi occupation of the Second World War, the Communist takeover afterwards, the Soviet invasion of

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10 OUTDOOR CINEMAS in Prague 2017

Every year Prague has more and more venues where you can go in the summer to watch films outdoors. The following is a list of 10 different places where you can go to see some films of all types – art house films, documentaries, cult classics, and blockbusters alike. You can have some food, get

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FARMERS MARKETS IN PRAGUE: support local agriculture and save money too…

Who needs resellers, supermarkets, and other middlemen to drive up the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, fish, and meat, when you can buy them directly from the farmers who produce them? Prague is not to be outdone by other European locales when it comes to following the growing trend toward being able

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