Compact archive April 19, 2007

George W. Bush to visit Prague

The President of the United States of America will visit the Czech Republic to discuss the placing of U.S. radar base on the Czech land. Hospodarske noviny informs that the information has been confirmed by two sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Bush will arrive in Prague on Tuesday 5th June in the evening, the day before the G8 summit in German place Heiligendamm. George W. Bush visited Prague in November 2002 to attend NATO summit. He spent here 4 days.

His father George Bush was the first American president that visited independent Czechoslovakia in November 1990. Bill Clinton visited Prague in January 1994 to deal with the representatives of the Visegrad Four.

Rachel Weisz is reportedly in Prague

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, the star from The Mummy, Enemy at the Gates or Runaway Jury, is reportedly in Prague to act in a new film called Brothers Bloom written adn directed by Rian Johnson. The film for 20 million dollars will come to the cinemas in 2008.

Rachel Weisz acts an eccentric millionaire who meets two brothers (Adrien Brody from Oscar film Pianist and Rinko Kikuci from Babel) – con men who decided to perform one last con. The story is placed at the beginning of the 20th century.


Orient Express arrives in Prague

For the first time this year the famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express will come to Prague. The luxurious train goes from Venice to Prague four times a year. It waits in the Czech capital for two days and then it continues to Paris and London.

The first train this year arrives at Prague main station at about 17:00 this afternoon. It continues again from the main station on Saturday 21st April. Grand tour (in July) goes from Venice, via Vienna, Banska Bystrica, Krakow, Warsaw to Prague.

Train of Orient-Express have been going through Prague for 13 years. If you want to try this extraordinary experience and connect it with the visit of Prague, Express train will arive at Prague again on 24th May (leaving Prague on 26th May) and 27th September (29th September). Grand tour leaves Venice on 9th July.

For more information, visit here the official websites of Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.


Big exhibition in Prague for car lovers

All car lovers should not miss many car shows under the name Auto Praha 2007 in Exhibition Ground in Prague-Letnany. They can see cars of various brands, size, purpose or age. The fair is open until Sunday 22nd April.

Besides the classical show of various cars, visitors can look forward to the exhibition Offroad Praha focused on cross-country vehicles and to the specialized exhibition of car tuning.

Besides the exhibitions the fair will offer a car sale, veteran cars and shows of motor sport. Drivers can also learn about safer riding on many practical examples.

The exhibition ground in Prauge-Letnany is accessible by regular bus lines 140, 156, 158, 166, 186, 195, 210, 233, 274, 305, 348, 351 and 366 from metro stations Ceskomoravska, Vysocanska, Palmovka, Ladvi and Nadrazi Holesovice. There is also an additional bus no. 758 from Ceskomoravska, via Vysocanska and Prosek to Vystaviste Letnany.


Czech scouts prepare big celebrations for this Saturday

Czech scouts prepare big celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Scouting. It started today at Petrin Observation Tower at Petrin Hill where scout have hung scarfs on the tower. People can see them until Saturday midday when the main celebrations start.

About 10.000 visitors are expected in Prague’s Old Town Square this Saturday, where scouts will organize an event called Objevte svet (Discover The World). Scouts will represent 30 countries from different continents and try many activities typical for those states, such as playing Australian games, making Ethiopian bracelets or greeting in Japanese language. Ambassadors of each country will be present as well.

Scouts will also fold the largest scout scarf in the world made of 216 scarfs from different countries. It will cover the area of 70 square meters. The celebrations will be ended by a performance of a Czech music band.


Prague will be full of cyclists today

Prague centre will be full of bikes today. Hundreds of cyclists will go through the centre of Prague to demonstrate that the streets of Prague are not suitable for cycling and that there are lack of bicycle stands and tracks.

The cyclists will start at Namesti Jiriho z Podebrad at 18:00 and finish at Prague Exhibition Ground at Prague-Holesovice. More than 1200 cyclists took part in a similar event last time.

Even though the city council is trying to improve the situation by building more tracks for cyclists and by good maintenance of the old ones, Prague has be evaluated as the worst town in the Czech Republic regarding services for cyclists.