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Dear Readers,

Dear Readers,

An official stamp commands respect. One is usually enough to make things look as if they are in order. Let's take a look at a few European examples of this.

Czech confectioners, for example, have turned to Brussels to gain geographic indicators (GI) for their products. Of course, this makes commercial sense as having a GI guarantees you an exclusive production licence. And that is really something worth having! So far, six of them have been successful. Reading about things like Hořice rolls and Štramberk ears may not be as enjoyable as eating them, but it is still relatively interesting. As you will discover on pages 40 - 43, the history of Czech confectionary was not always so sweet, but was also rather spicy.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: Hanka Čermáková
20.11.2009

Mariánské Lázně – a town that cures

Mariánské Lázně –  a town that cures

The spa town of Mariánské Lázně not only knows how to cure physical illnesses, its inimitable atmosphere is also a balm for the soul. The town is associated with the tale of J. W. Goethe's love for the young Ulrike von Levetzow and it was here that Fryderyk Chopin travelled to see the woman of his heart. Here they could also take advantage of the spa's natural wealth, which people have learned to use to enhance their health and thanks to which the spa will be starting its 202nd spa season next year.

Section: Cities & Towns, Author: COT media
23.11.2009

EU funds – a generator for regional events

EU funds – a generator for regional events

And so it is now clear. The overall results of the European N + 2 equation are now known. This year in June, two years passed (thanks to the crisis extended by six months) during which EU member countries could finish drawing on their allocation from the Structural Funds for projects in the period 2004 - 2006. This meant it was now the right time to take stock of what had been achieved.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: Hanka Čermáková
20.11.2009

Mobile guide with GPS navigation

Mobile guide with GPS navigation

DigitalGuide, produced by Digital Urban Legends, is not designed to replace guidebooks in Prague, but it certainly can compete with them. Its advantage is not that it contains a lot of information in the form of texts, pictures and audio recordings, but the fact that this information is linked to interactive functions including GPS navigation and maps.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Sugar rush – a legal addiction

Sugar rush  – a legal addiction

Top chefs are constantly coming up with recipes involving blanched almonds, vanilla pods and exotic spices. But will old Bohemian sweet meats ever make a comeback? Although they very often brought a little sweetness into the hard lives of the proletariat, old recipes for sweets and cakes are fun and creative while remaining simple. They're also not sweetened with sugar alone, with some employing much healthier honey and fruit.

Section: Gastro & Accommodation, Author: Hanka Čermáková
20.11.2009

Food for the soul

Food for the soul

Our bodies demand to be fed several times a day. But where should we go when our souls cry out for nourishment?

Until the end of the 1980s Czech galleries could be found under the undesirable chapter called ‘Taste Diet'. Ordinary people were permitted to gorge on art with a class struggle theme and indulge their taste buds on a feast of revolutionary spirit. In 1989 the Velvet Revolution may have swept away many cultural barnacles and returned a bit of prestige to the curator's work, but galleries now face another problem - finances. Fortunately this issue isn't always that apparent.

Section: Culture & History, Author: Hanka Čermáková
23.11.2009

Bonus tickets from Vienna to Prague

Bonus tickets from Vienna to Prague

After many talks, cooperation has begun between the Austrian railway company ÖBB and regional organiser of Prague Integrated Public Transport (ROPID). Return tickets from Vienna to Prague will also be sold together with a ticket for Prague Public Transport valid for three days. This economical service will cost 69 euros and should help to reduce the number of complaints made by Austrian visitors to Prague.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Direct flights Prague – Canada

From next spring, there will again be direct flights from Prague to Canada. According to the ČTK press agency these will probably be flights to Toronto and Montreal run by the Canadian airline Air Transat. Czech Airlines used to run flights to these two cities. They cancelled the flights to Montreal in January to cut costs and will definitively cancel all their flights to Toronto this autumn.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Escape from Boredom 2009 – 2010

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
8.10.2009

Events at PANORAMA set us apart from other hotels

Events at PANORAMA set us apart from other hotels

...said Raoul Gransier, general manager of PANORAMA HOTEL PRAGUE, which has the most lovely view of Golden Prague. He also expects a considerable increase in MICE business from the middle of 2010. What special does his hotel offer to capture this expected growth?

Section: Gastro & Accommodation, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Executive disease – the flip side of success

Executive disease – the flip side of success

Sadly, illnesses related to executive stress aren't just a ‘privilege' reserved for chairmen of the board or managing directors like the figures on their wage slips.

A large share of the population who find themselves the wrong side of 50 are doing everything they can to exhaust themselves into an early grave.

Section: Health & Beauty, Author: Hanka Čermáková
20.11.2009

Hotels as an art form

Hotels as an art form

Design hotels are like an all-embracing art form involving colours, music, taste and sometimes even aroma, where imagination of the designer knows no bounds. You see, a good designer understands that purpose and beauty must be in tune with each other twenty-four hours a day.

Section: Gastro & Accommodation, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Liberec Region – an ideal place for a colourful holiday

Liberec Region – an ideal place for a colourful holiday

Would you like to spend an interesting weekend? Picturesque countryside, medieval castles, fairy-tale chateaus, adrenaline sports, plenty of physical exercise, relaxation in spas, culinary experiences and high-quality services are all elements that make Liberec Region an ideal place where people can spend their leisure time. Come and spend a great weekend with us in this region and you will always want to come back for some more.

Section: Regions, Author: COT media
23.11.2009

MICE service on-line

The request form on the website www.pragueconvention.cz facilitates a non-stop 24-hour service for all interested in holding events in Prague. The new form on the website of the Prague Convention Bureau (PCB) is simple to fill in and saves time. The system immediately evaluates the client‘s request, finds a simple solution and mediates communication between the client and supplier of the services required.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Noble beauty of the Vltava

Noble beauty of the Vltava

When you reach the age of seventy, you can either put your feet up and watch other people doing all the work or show that you are still full of vitality and continue at full steam ahead. In the latter case, you would be the same as the Vltava, a pleasure steamboat run by the Steam Navigation Society of Prague. Since 1941, it has steamed up and down the river whose name it bears almost without a break.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Špindlerův Mlýn – prepared for winter

Špindlerův Mlýn – prepared for winter

Those that like whizzing past Alberto Tomba as they hurtle down the steepest Alpine slopes at break-neck speeds might be a little disappointed, as the ski slopes here are not designed for people that like committing suicide. The Czech mountains are far more suitable for those that like safe downhill slopes as well as cross-country skiing or wandering through the picturesque mountains wearing snow-shoes. Of course, when there‘s no snow, the mountains are a paradise for hikers.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Stories about Prague Castle

Stories about Prague Castle

From the very first coronation in 1085 up to the very last in 1836, a total of 26 Bohemian kings and 28 queens were crowned in St. Vitus‘ Cathedral at Prague Castle. The medieval ceremony also recalls legends from the very beginning of Czech history and ancient traditions. What did coronations entail and how did they change over the centuries? Well, this is dealt with in one of the Stories of Prague Castle, which constitute a permanent exhibition at Prague Castle itself.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

The amazing Charles Bridge

The amazing Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is one of the three most amazing bridges in the world. This was decided by a survey of editors working for the travel website TripAdvisor.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Turbulent data concerning hotels

Turbulent data concerning hotels

Prague it would seem has a good standing as regards value for money in the hotel industry. This year the Hotel.info website relegated the city to fourth place in the world (last year it was third), but its Value for Money Index is still very good (7.73 out of a maximum of 10). Lisbon came first with an index of 7.83. The website rating concerned three- and four-star hotels.

Section: Czech Republic Today, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

Winter invitation to Ústí Region

Winter invitation to Ústí Region

Ústí Region is ideal for restful holidays whatever the season. Here, however, we would like to deal in more depth with what the region offers in the way of winter sports.

We begin with Klínovec in the Ore Mountains, where there are a number of very popular skiing resorts. There are skiing slopes of varying difficulty levels and well-maintained cross-country skiing trails, which form a unique network together with routes in neighbouring Germany. They are suitable for recreational skiing as well as for trained sports people. There are seven ski-tows here, one of which is for the ski school and another is for less proficient skiers. You can make use of 5,500 metres of ski slopes with various difficult levels. To the north is Vejprty, a village on the border with Germany, where you can go both downhill and cross-country skiing.

Section: Regions, Author: COT media
20.11.2009

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