A Buddha Bar Hotel opens in Prague, a Czech-made Škoda car ends up getting wedged in a church roof after flying 100ft in the air, and a group of enthusiasts collect money to build an 18th century schooner. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czech Republic may be a landlocked country but it is soon to get its very own 18th century schooner. A group of enthusiasts collected money for the schooner to be built abroad and work on it has already started in a shipyard in Egypt. Daniel Rosecký, one of the people involved in the project, said the idea was to produce a copy of the schooner used by Augustín Herman, a famous Czech sailor and adventurer. Although there was no set number of masts for a schooner, two-masted schooners were and are most common. They were popular in trades that required speed and windward ability, such as slaving, privateering, blockade running and offshore fishing. With two masts and thirty-two meters in length the schooner being built in Egypt will be the biggest Czech sailboat, far too big to ever be able to sail up the Vltava river. So when it is finished the boat will remain overseas and serve as a training vessel for Czech sailors.
Czechs devote an incredible amount of time to creating records and curiosities – from the completely crazy to the totally awesome. Some have built models of Czech castles from matches, but there is no one to beat Manuel Montorio from Spain. Manuel’s parents fled the Spanish civil war and Franco's dictatorship finding asylum in then-Czechoslovakia where Manuel spent most of his life. Modeling is one of his many hobbies and his best piece ever was a model of the St Laurence Church in Cordoba made of rice. He used up 32 thousand grains of rice and each grain had to have its ends sliced off so that it would serve as a tiny construction block. The church is a perfect replica and had pride of place in his study. When he decided to return to his homeland in 2006 he gave the church to the Czech Republic as a gift for having given his family asylum when they were in dire need. The rice church can be viewed in the Pelhřimov Museum of Records and Curiosities.
A Czech-made Škoda car ended up getting wedged in a church roof after flying 100ft in the air. The 23-year-old driver was reportedly speeding up a slope before the incident occurred. Firefighters spent two hours freeing the man at the Church of Our Lady in the village of Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany. Physics experts are now helping the police figure out how the car was able to "take off". Well, it’s a Škoda and Czech-made cars are simply clever.
Exotic, sensual and luxurious – those are the adjectives most frequently applied to Prague’s new Budhha Bar Hotel which opened in Jakubská Street in the very heart of Prague this week. Located close to Prague’s Old Town Square, the Buddha Bar Hotel captures the essence of contemporary Oriental interiors and promises the same mystical fusion, flair and ambience as Buddha Bars in London Paris and New York. The latest five star hotel is now the place to be and Czech celebrities are swarming to see and be seen in it.