Stalin may be purged from Prague’s cultural scene due to structural and legal challenges

The base of the former Stalin Memorial at Prague’s Letná park may be shut down due to its poor condition. The popular hangout under the Metronome has had a poor structural evaluation, and the City Council is examining its future. The area is popularly called Stalin, after a statue of the Soviet leader that stood on top from 1955 to 1962. Several city representatives recently visited the structure. “The whole building is very dilapidated. In addition, in connection with the visit, we received the Statics Statement from 2016, which draws attention to specific problems. We asked for an update and expert supplementation, because the three-year-old study is not very complete,” City Councilor Jan Chabr (United Force for Prague) said. Stalin bar in the base of the former statue. via Raymond Johnston City management will decide on further action after completion of the report and, if necessary, close the space so no accidents occur. Prague 7 Mayor Jan Čižinský (Prague 7 sobě) confirmed that the city had asked the relevant building office in the district for cooperation. “We searched for monument’s design plans in the archives and handed them over to the Klokner Institute of the Czech Technical University (ČVUT), which…

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The vast majority of Czechs spend their vacations close to home
Pictured: Sněžka Hill, Krkonoše, Czech Republic

The vast majority of Czechs spend their vacations close to home

Most Czechs don’t travel very far for vacations, and that is typical for people in the European Union. Some 80 percent of Czechs travel domestically, according to Eurostat. Across the EU, about three-quarters of people stay in their own country. “Some 73.3 percent [of trips] were domestic trips but in terms of nights spent and expenditure, domestic trips accounted for 56.1 percent and 42.7 percent of the total respectively,” Eurostat states, based in 2017 figures. “For most EU countries, the domestic market was dominant; only for Belgium, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta and Slovenia this was not the case. Belgian and Luxembourgish tourists made more outbound trips to one single foreign country (France) than those made inside their own country,” Eurostat said, adding that compared to 2016, the number of tourist trips of the EU population increased by 4 percent. Romanians spend most of their time traveling domestically, at 94 percent, while less than 2 percent of people from tiny Luxembourg stay home. The most popular destinations, in terms of nights spent, within the EU for people who travel outside their home country is Spain, followed by Italy, France, Germany and Greece. The Czech Republic ranked 12th as a destination for non-Czech…

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Prague’s new breakfast “tasting” restaurant is all about Eggs Benedict
(c) Vojtěch Tesárek

Prague’s new breakfast “tasting” restaurant is all about Eggs Benedict

Kavárna co hledá jméno is famed for its Eggs Benedict, the signature dish of chef Ondřej Kynčl. Kynčl has recently branched out and opened a joint venture with the owners of that cafe and Vnitroblock, a unique breakfast-tasting restaurant that specializes in variations on the Eggs Benedict theme.“Guests can look forward to multi-course breakfast tastings straight from the chefs who have developed the dishes and know every single ingredient,” said Kynčl who promises Croque monsieur, boudin noir, and semolina porridge. HIs popular eggs Benedict souffle and eggs Florentine souffle are also on the menu with a starter of asparagus, avocado, and salmon. While currently open from Tuesday to Friday from 8 to 12 and on Saturday from 9 to 13 hours, the restaurant will soon launch a dinner service, offering a 4-7 course tasting (foie gras, catfish tartare, poached lamb shank, veal cheeks, ash and sage ravioli, and horseradish tiramisu). With its austere interiors and gritty Smíchov location on Elišky Peškové Street, the goal, says Bockem’s founders, isn't to create an inaccessible restaurant.  “Rather a local [establishment], in which the simplicity and austerity of the bistro are combined with a gastronomy experience that is typical of the much more expensive…

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