Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.16.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Army evacuates Czechs from Japan

Two army aircraft left Prague for Japan on Tuesday evening to bring back selected Czechs, Poles and Slovaks, primarily women and children, from the disaster-stricken main island of Honshu. Among the evacuees are roughly half of the members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, which was supposed to be touring the country for another week after the earthquake struck. Just over a hundred people have been evacuated, with a promise of more army flights if the situation requires.

Famous Art Nouveau gem set to reopen

The famous Jurkovič House in Brno, belonging to the Moravian Gallery in Brno, will reopen to the public in roughly two week's time following extensive renovation. Designed by the Slovak architect Dušan Jurkovič and dating back to 1906, the Art Nouveau villa – which makes marked use of rustic or folklore elements – will serve as a multiple-purpose museum for the gallery. The building ranks as a gem of early 20th century architecture, ranking similarly in importance to the Villa Tugendhat. A little earlier the gallery's deputy director Kateřina Tlachová told me more:

Bechyně: an idyllic town in southern Bohemia

Southern Bohemia is home to some of the most beautiful and idyllic destinations in the Czech Republic - from the historic town of Tábor to the jewel that is Český Krumlov. One destination in the area, somewhat lesser-known but also attractive that you might consider visiting, is Bechyně, located around forty kilometres from Tábor. Found on a dramatic promontory, the town of just 6,000 features an historic monastery, a fantastic fifty-metre high bridge that spans the nearby Lužnice River, and the oldest ceramics school in the country. It may not be the most obvious choice, but Bechyně is a most satisfying visit in the summer or spring.