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Once on a family holiday, we were walking around the side streets of a small Welsh town when we stumbled upon an old bric-a-brac shop that was closed for many years. Among the dusty collection of forlorn objects in the window display sat a vintage doll with braided hair, a straw hat, and a yellowed cotton dress. Her cheeks were webbed with tiny cracks and one of her eyes was missing. With her remaining eye, she gazed out across the universe like a martyr in a medieval painting. A huge dead spider lay curled up in her lap. That image really troubled my childhood imagination, filled me with a terrible sense of nausea. It is the same feeling I gotContinue Reading

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Is this a story that could give you the courage to be anything that you want to be? Let me introduce you to interesting Prague-based artists and tell you their inspiring stories. Today, we’ll get acquainted with Heyme and his solo music career. A master of improvisation and a multi-instrumentalist, Heyme spent the 90’s touring Europe with various bands, performing at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, and opening for musicians such as Iggy Pop. In 2019, Heyme finally released his first solo album full of cosy sax tones and naked feelings. This year, he has prepared a new sensory experience for us. What made Heyme? Heyme started his music career with a guitar On the streets ofContinue Reading

The protected landscape area of Blanik, about a 1 hour drive from Prague, features a mosaic of forests, meadows, Romanesque monuments and Hussite-era castles. Its rocks were used for the foundations of “narodni divadlo”, the temple of Czech National rebirth, and every corner hosts a legend, like the mysterious knight with a stone-heavy helmet guarding the entrance to the “underworld “. A pleasant and rewarding 18-km hike along the Bohemian branch of the epic “Camino de Santiago” topped by eagle-eye views from the sleek Wooden watchtower and a stroll in the charming gardens of Vlašimi castle. The Prague Monitor has partnered with HIKE, BIKE, COOK & MEET as a great provider of travel ideas and events for English speakers inContinue Reading

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What is Google Pay, and how does it work? Google Pay is, in essence, Google’s own alternative to Apple Pay. Whether you are browsing for a new t-shirt online or buying your morning coffee, this mobile wallet and payment service can do the job for you. It allows people to connect their credit and debit cards, as well as bank accounts, to pay at checkout both in-store and online. It also allows to send money to others. Mobile payments are becoming increasingly popular in Europe as well as globally. Many people can no longer imagine life without them as tapping your mobile phone or smartwatch is just much easier and faster than fishing out your plastic card. And contactless paymentsContinue Reading