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Prague: ARTĚL Style

Expert recommendations and insider tips for first-time visitors and locals alike from ARTĚL’s founder, Karen Feldman, who has lived in Prague since 1994. Click on the links below for detailed reviews – from Feldman’s own unique perspective – of all the best that Prague has to offer...

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Czech Ice Hockey

Published on January 23th, 2014 in Interviews

Of the two national pastimes in the Czech Republic – mushroom picking and hockey – the latter is unquestionably the more riveting; so taking in a local game with Czech fans in their element could be great fun. And who better to ask about Czech Hockey than a former player?

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What’s a Garden Colony?

Published on August 15th, 2013 in Interviews

Long before the urban locavore movement took off, Czech city dwellers were tending small plots of land, typically located on the fringes of town, known as garden colonies (zahradní kolonie). Sadly, these charming patches of green are becoming a bit of a rarity in Prague, largely due to suburban sprawl...

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Plastic Bags: Socialist-Era Status Symbol

Published on May 30th, 2013 in Interviews

These days the plastic bag is a bit of a pariah, cast aside in favor of the infinitely more stylish and eco-friendly reusable shopping tote. But if you lived in communist Czechoslovakia, plastic bags carried (no pun intended!) a certain kind of cachet...

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Celebrating the Style of the ČSSR

Published on March 28th, 2013 in Interviews

Adriana Zavodska Oravec-Mičova is the brilliant force behind one of my favorite on-line places, Socík Style. Zavodska’s blog, which pays homage to “Everyday Life, Art and Design in Czechoslovakia from the 1950’s to the 1980’s,” features loads of wonderfully retro photos along with fascinating historic notes...

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