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01/2011

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Dear guests and friends, It is a great pleasure for me to present the first edition of MM Spirit. We hope this magazine will bring you closer to Mamaison Hotels & Residences and be your guide to our destinations as well as reading our news and ideas. Mamaison has over 10 years of experience in hospitality and each day of those years have been dedicated to paying individual attention to our guests well-being and exceeding their expectations. We represent a non-standardized brand, with diverse properties united under that brand, where you will always find caring staff and a warm, relaxing atmosphere. We’ll be pleased to help you with outdoor activities, city tours, cultural programmes and anything else you desire. Ask your hotel concierge to advise you of what is happening in the city: art exhibitions of world known artists or photographers, concerts of classic, rock or pop bands, as well as unique opportunities to watch the best ballet and opera soloists performing in breathtaking historical venues. All this in exciting capitals across Central and Eastern Europe. Mamaison hotels’ central locations (in this issue we focus on Prague and Budapest) are an ideal way to also explore the architecture of these outstanding destinations. Some of our properties are themselves of historical importance, others are symbols of modern architecture. When staying in Prague, focus on its history as well as its architecture. Prague is one of the few European cities largely unaffected by war. Just stroll through the streets and choose your favourite building.

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If you desire a place to gain energy and revive your body and soul (and not only during cold winters), Hungary is an ideal destination to consider. Thousands of thermal springs offer various procedures in places the Romans and Turks enjoyed centuries ago. Dive into history, soak your body in warm mineral waters and treat yourself to healing medical intervention. For the coming winter months, Mamaison Hotels & Residences have prepared a full programme for you to enjoy. Discover our services and find a combination of tradition and luxury, a fun environment, up-to-date services and treatments that pamper your body. Enjoy our seasonal culinary menus, especially during Christmas when we present the best of local cuisine prepared by our award-winning chefs, including hot spiced drinks and gingerbreads. Don’t forget our specials during Christmas and New Year’s. We at Mamaison wish to make your stay with us an amazing and unforgettable experience, taking great memories back home. 03. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Editorial We invite you to feel the true spirit of Mamaison’s 04. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hotel News hospitality. 06. . . . . . . . On Europe's Crossroads – Prague 09. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What's up in Prague

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— Mamaison Hotel Le Régina was recommended by Andrew Harper for its exceptional character

Mamaison Hotels & Residences News The best team, assuring your comfort Several new professionals joined the Mamaison team, by devoted to making your stay at any of the Mamaison hotels or residences an outstanding and unforgettable experience. Recently we appointed two general managers, Vit Neiser and Michael Seifert. Vit took over the position as General Manager of the Russian Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka in Moscow, after nearly ten years working at the Mamaison Business & Conference Hotel Imperial, 4 of those years as General Manager. Michael is the new General Manager in Ostrava’s Hotel Imperial, bringing Mamaison his extensive experience from hotels throughout Europe. At Mamaison, we also pay close attention to modern communication technologies and have a new specialist, Tomasz Janczak, coming from Poland. Tomasz assumes the position of Corporate Director of E-Commerce at the headquarters office.

Mamaison Hotels & Residences join the Worldhotels Collection Mamaison Hotels & Residences have recently become the newest affiliates to the Worldhotels group. Worldhotels is the best partner for Mamaison, due to its flexibility towards the groups, properties and

partners, as well as its comparison to the very strict models of most of the other potential partners. With Worldhotels, Mamaison will be able to tap into the power of the Worldhotels sales and distribution engines that give the brand global visibility and access to new markets. It will further bring Mamaison access to airline loyalty systems and many additional marketing opportunities.

— Andrzej Strzelczyk, the representative of Mamaison Hotel Le Régina, took 2nd place in the prestigious Polish Sommelier Championships

Pachtův Palác awarded the „Oscar“ of travel and tourism Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác just recently received a prestigious award for its professional and outstanding service. Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder of World Travel Awards said during the ceremony: „I am delighted to be able to tell you that Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác has been voted Czech Republic's Leading Boutique Hotel. There are many awards throughout the world - but only one World Travel Award. The Wall Street Journal, for example, describes the awards as the 'Oscars' of travel and tourism.“ For 18 years, World Travel Awards’ aim has been to encourage world-class competition, to stimulate innovation and creativity and to ensure travellers receive exceptional value.

Ostrava welcomes new General Manager Mamaison Business & Conference Hotel Imperial, one of the prime incentive destinations and conference hotels in Ostrava and the entire Moravian region, has a new General Manager. Michael Seifert joined the Mamaison team after more than 15 years of professional experience in the hospitality business. He began his career at the Hotel Europäischer Hof, Badgastein, Austria and later honed his skills at the Radisson SAS and The Rezidor Group hotels throughout Europe, serving in several management positions. As a native European citizen, he speaks German, English, Croatian, Russian and Czech.


Mamaison Hotels & Residences News — La Rotisserie Restaurant with chef Pawel Oszczyk awarded for its outstanding cuisine

— Václav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, dined at the Mamaison Business & Conference Hotel Imperial during his trip to Ostrava. In the picture with the hotel's new General Manager Michael Seifert

May I offer you a drink? After an exhausting day discovering Prague’s hidden treasures, join us at Mamaison Hotel Riverside’s bar where we have a brand new selection of favourite non-alcoholic cocktails, like Rogers Cocktail or Florida Cocktail and many more. If you prefer wine, you are more than welcome to taste the very best of the new selection from local Czech and Moravian vineyards, as well as international wines from France and Italy. Our special “Happy Hour” promotion continues during winter as well. Enjoy selected beverages and drinks with a friend or partner and get the second one free. The most important information? Time! Every day from 4 pm to 6 pm. Cheers!

...just married! Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác is a gorgeous romantic setting for engagements, honeymoons, wedding ceremonies, and unforgettable wedding celebrations. The hotel team provides complete wedding services, including catering, decorations, accommodation, music arrangements, hairdresser, stylist, ceremony, legal paperwork, etc. To enjoy an unforgettable experience and memories, a relaxing massage treatment can be arranged as well as a special private dinner or tour around Prague. We always make your stay special! To find out more, please visit www.mamaison.com

also displays the so-called "popularity index", according to which Mamaison Residence Izabella is one of the most popular of the 335 Budapest hotels assessed.

La Rotisserie restaurant awarded with HERMES distinction During the Gala "Merchant Guide"and "Restaurateur Guide,” La Rotisserie's Head Chef, Paweł Oszczyk, received the coveted statuette of HERMES in the category of HOTEL RESTAURANT. Hermes has been presented for the thirteenth time. In the Jury’s words “La Rotisserie Restaurant has been recognized for its perfect combination of an outstanding cuisine with elegant yet modern interiors – a true oasis for all fine dining connoisseurs who will appreciate Chef Paweł Oszczyk’s culinary masterpieces.”

annual Business Destinations Travel Awards recognises companies with the courage, tenacity and dedication to offer new, reliable and luxurious services to their clients. A panel of experts chose the nominees from various areas of the tourism industry. The panel picked nominees using criteria such as innovation, originality and quality of product. They also concentrated on long term strategies and looked for organizations that are likely to dominate the market in the next 12 months, despite the global economic downturn. Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka was also announced as the Leading Boutique Hotel in Russia by World Travel Awards.

Mamaison Hotel Le Régina receives Andrew Harper’s prestigious recommendation Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, the most respected publication in luxury travel, announced in its April 2011 issue the recommendation of Mamaison Hotel Le Régina Warsaw.

All of Andrew Harper’s recommended properties possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. Mr. Harper does not evaluate Best Family Friendly Hotel — hotels by means of a checklist, Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác in Budapest but uses his three decades of and Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Mamaison Residence Izabella Pokrovka awarded by World Travel experience to distinguish the truly Budapest is the top hotel address Awards as Leading Boutique Hotels enchanting from the merely excelfor families: it has been named lent. Mamaison Hotel Le Régina is the most popular family hotel by TripAdvisor. The delighted to be among the best of the best properties residence was designated best hotel in the "Best worldwide and to receive his recommendation, which family holiday" category, receiving the 2011 Travellers' initially came in 2009. Choice™ Award. TripAdvisor identifies the top 10 most family-friendly destinations and hotels in Europe, usBest Luxury Hotel in Moscow 2011...and the ing millions of assessments and opinions of registered winner is? members that travelled as a family in the past year. The ranking of a travel destination is decided by the Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka, for the 3rd number of good recommendations that are received consecutive year, received the Business Destinations from family holiday makers. The TripAdvisor website Travel Award, as Moscow’s Best Luxury Hotel. The

— Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow

Relax with your kids! In the Spa by Algotherm - It’s Time to Relax. In this luxurious spa you may relax and embrace your well-being through exclusive care programmes that combine the comfort of a spa and the effectiveness of thalassotherapy. A very special treatment is prepared for adults and their little companions. The kids programme includes special herbal “Healthy kid” baths for strengthening immunity and calm sleeping, original kids massage, barber and manicure/pedicure treatments. Equipped with innovative facilities and using only the latest technologies, the spa centre is spread over two floors with over 760sqm of relaxation space.

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On Europe’s crossroads

PRague

For over 1200 years, located in the center of Europe the city offers everything for everyone. A unique combination of history, culture, amusement and education, Prague has it all. Discover it!

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rague is a modern vibrant city in the “heart” of Europe with rich historic roots dating back to AD 880. For centuries it was the political, cultural and economic center of Europe and particularly central Europe. During the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire with the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors. Later it was an important city in the Habsburg Monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire and, after World War I, Prague became the capital of Czechoslovakia (1918 - 1992). Since 1992, Prague’s extensive historic center (covering 866 hectares consisted of Hradčany with Prague Castle, the Lesser Quarter, Old Town, including the Charles Bridge and Josefov, New Town and Vyšehrad) has been listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.

The center of Prague is a unique mix of architectural styles – Romanesque rotundas, Gothic churches and cathedrals, Baroque churches and Renaissance palaces, Art

Travelling in Prague is easy, with its modern public transportation system of metro, trams, buses and boats Nouveau houses and street decorations, Classicist, Cubist and Functionalist houses and modern buildings. When visiting Prague, you not only discover the famous


— The atmosphere of the Old Time Square at night is magical

in a vision) and her husband, Přemysl, founder of the Přemyslid dynasty. In 800 there was a simple wooden fort where Prague Castle is now and later another fort, Vyšehrad, was built on the opposite side of the river. Since then Prague became the seat of dukes and kings of Bohemia. Prague enjoyed a golden age during the Middle Ages and especially flourished during the 14th century reign of Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia of the new Luxembourg dynasty (1346–1378). He was a wise and cultured king, who transformed Prague into an imperial capital (larger than Paris or London). He developed his own town-planning schemes and ordered the construction of the New Town (Nové Město, adjacent to the Old Town), Prague Castle and churches, monasteries and palaces in Gothic style (Old-New Synagogue, Town Hall, Carolinum, Church of our Lady of Týn). In 1344, Prague was elevated to archbishopric and began construction of the Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral, within the largest of the Prague Castle courtyards, on the site of the Romanesque rotunda there. The new

— Vyšehrad – The Gothic Church of St. Peter and Paul stands above the Vltava river

In 1347 King Charles IV founded Charles University, the first university in Central Europe

Back to history The Celtic tribes were the first inhabitants of the area around the Vltava river upon which Prague was later founded. The oppidum traces back to 500 BC. The Slavic tribes (Czechs belong to Slavic people) came around 500 AD and, according to legend, Prague was founded by princess Libuše (she foresaw the glory of Prague

stone Charles Bridge replaced the flooded Judith Bridge, erected to connect the Malá Strana and the castle area. On 9 July, 1357 at 5:31am, Charles IV personally laid the first foundation stone. The exact date and hour (the palindromic number 135797531) is carved into the Old Town bridge tower. During the reign of King Wenceslas IV (1378–1419), a period of fear arose, caused

— The Charles Bridge is decorated with Baroque statues by Matthias Braun

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cultural attractions, but visit museums, galleries, churches, palaces, gardens and much more. These include Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town and its square with astronomical clock, Jewish Quarter with the Maisel Synagogue’s collection of Judaica or Charles Bridge and Petřín Hill and its miniature of Eiffel tower. Throughout the year Prague offers plenty of cultural events, including concerts, festivals, exhibitions, theater and cinema performances. For more information and guided tours visit: www.praguewelcome.cz

TOP 7 in Prague The Prague Castle – the largest complex in the world, on 45 hectares including churches, St. Vitus Cathedral, crypts, residential, official and ecclesiastical building, courtyards, and gardens. The change of guards takes place every hour. The Charles Bridge – connecting historic parts of Prague, length 515 meters and width 10 meters. Two towers at each entrance are built in the Gothic style and are richly decorated. The bridge has Baroque statues. Old Town Hall – with the world’s most unique astronomical clock from the 15th century, where every hour 12 apostles appear and play music. Josefov – the Jewish quarter of Prague with well preserved buildings including six synagogues (OldNew Synagogue is the oldest in Central Europe), the old cemetery with 12,000 tombstones and the Jewish town hall. St. Nicolas Church – masterpiece of father-and-son architects Dietzenhofer, built in the 18th century in Baroque style. The dome is 70m high and the fresco of the Celebration of Holy Trinity is mostly in gold. W.A. Mozart played the organ during his stay in Prague. Vyšehrad – a former fort and residence of princes from the 11th century, with Romanesque rotunda and the Gothic church of St. Peter and Paul. The Vyšehrad cemetery is from the 1870s and used as a national cemetery. Gardens – many palaces have gardens with hidden treasures. The most famous are the Royal Garden with Belvedere Castle and its singing fountain, Prague Castle’s South Gardens with a present design of J. Plečnik and Kampa Park, where exhibitions take place.

by the Catholic crusade against the Hussite movement. The followers of the reformist cleric and preacher Jan Hus (who was inspired by John Wycliffe) became dangerous to the political establishment and especially the Catholic Church, criticizing its corruption, opulent style and wealth. Jan Hus was excommunicated, asked to leave Prague, put in prison and in 1415 declared a heretic and burned at the stake in Constanz. Through the following decades, the house of Jagiellon reigned and Prague strengthened its role as a merchant city.


DID YOU KNOW? the prague zoo The Prague Zoo belongs among the top 10 in the world.

food Allegro restaurant received the first and only Michelin star in Prague.

The famous Habsburg era In 1526 the Habsburg rule began with the reign of Catholic King Ferdinand I. Another conflict was about to begin, as Bohemia was becoming more Protestant. The eccentric Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor, elected King of Bohemia in 1576, chose Prague as his seat. Trade, education, culture, art and architecture dominated Prague’s prosperous life. He lived in the Prague Castle and preferred magicians, scientists, musicians and artists to ruling. Famous people

population decreased. Cultural sites, such as the Rudolfinum, National Theater and National Museum were built. The worldfamous Jubilee exhibition took place in 1891 and a new city transport system by electric trams began. The prosperous era lasted even beyond World War I, after the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic, until 1938. Modern city The 20th century brought two World Wars, but luckily Prague was mostly unscathed by bombings. Being a multi-ethnic city

coffee Café Slavia is the oldest, having opened in 1881 – stop there for a coffee and dessert.

Beer In 1499 the first brewery was founded, “U Fleků”, still brewing today.

strahov stadium The largest sport stadium, Strahov,  measures 310,5 x 202,5 m.

— Newly open after reconstruction, "Zlatá ulička" creates a cosy atmosphere

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visited and lived in Prague, including astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johann Kepler, painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo and chimes alchemist Edward Kelley. The collections of paintings and art from Rudolph’s reign The most chimes can be found in Sternberg Palace, the –  30 – play in Loreta monastery. Picture Gallery of Prague Castle. In 1618, the second defenestration of Prague began the Thirty Years' War and the decline of Prague, suffering from the war occupation of Saxon and Swedish armies. The following period was dominated by the persecution of non-Catholics Prague and strict Germanization of the country. During the economic rise, Prague (Czech: Praha, German: Prag) is the Baroque style enriched the city. a multicultural capital and the largest Famous palaces, houses, churches city in the Czech Republic, a European and gardens were created, including Union member state. Location: 50°5 N, 14° 26 E and on average 235 meters St Nicolas church, the statues on the above sea level. Situated in the northCharles Bridge and Clementinum. west of the country on the Vltava river King Joseph II not only agreed banks, the city has about 1.3 million to merge four city municipalities inhabitants, while its metropolitan area of Malá Strana, Nové Město, Staré is estimated to have a population of Město, and Hradčany into a single over 2.3 million. When visiting Prague, entity, but enjoyed the premier of expect a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The currency W. A. Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the is the Czech Crown with coins of 1, 2, 5, Estates Theater. In the 19th century 10, 20 and 50 crown denominations and Prague became an industrial city banknotes of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and important for the Habsburg’s, and 5000. who relaxed their rule. The Czech history and culture was rediscovered, Czech was re-established as an official language and the German

with a large Jewish population, many Jews were deported. After the Nazi occupation, Prague was soon the capital of a socialist republic under the military and political control of the USSR. This lasted over 40 years and effected daily life as well as culture and architecture. In 1989 the “Velvet

Re-known cultural events such as Prague Spring International Music Festival, The Strings of Autumn, Film Festival Febiofest or One World take place in Prague every year Revolution” took place and opposition groups united around Václav Havel, who was elected in free elections as president, with his seat at the Prague Castle. After four years Czechoslovakia split and Prague is, until nowadays, the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague became one of the most popular tourist destinations. Soon Prague gained a reputation as a cultural city with an unforgettable spirit and unique collections of architectural styles. c


Major cultural events Autumn/Winter 2011 Antonín Dvořák

AghaRTA Prague Jazz Festival 2011

This exquisite exhibition marking the 170th anniversary of the birth of the most celebrated Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904), presents plenty of Dvořák’s music in an unexpectedly interactive form. It includes a number of his compositions and a range of interesting new themes.

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Prague’s famous jazz festival. The autumn portion of the festival begins with drummer Billy Cobham and his band and ends with Yellowjackets, an ensemble that celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year.

Czech Museum Of Music, Karmelitská 2/4, Prague 1 until Feb 29, 2012, www.nm.cz/vystavy-vypis.php

Selected jazz clubs in Prague www.agharta.cz

The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol Blanka Matragi – Timeless The world-famous fashion designer, Blanka Matragi, is coming to the Municipal House with a new exhibition, following her successful exhibition in 2006. This exhibition, held in the Gaming Parlours, primarily exhibits dresses and accessories, as well as glass, porcelain, sculptures, chandeliers and graphic art.

Municipal House, Prague 1 until Oct 7, 2012, www.obecnidum.cz

Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, is a fixed star in the classical repertoire of ballet ensembles. Since its premiere in 1892, it has undergone many changes in both dramaturgical and choreographic conception, yet its popularity among children and adults alike constantly grows. The story takes place in 19th century London and tells of the magic of Christmas in transforming the human character. The performance further enriches the Prague’s festive Christmas atmosphere.

José Carreras World famous tenor Jose Carreras presents his Christmas concert, performing with soloist Mi-Hae Park and conductor David Giménez.

O2 Arena, Českomoravská 17, Prague 9 Dec 10, 2011, www.o2arena.cz

Jonas Kaufmann The most sought-after contemporary tenor, Jonas Kaufmann! This charismatic vocalist is returning to Prague with a new programme. His first concert in Prague, on 10 January, 2011, was completely sold out. The enthusiastic audience – the largest ever in Smetana Hall – gave this astonishing tenor four standing ovations.

Obecní dům, Prague 1 Jan 8, 2012, www.ticketpro.cz

National Theatre, Prague 1 Dec 21 – Dec 25, 2011, Jan 5 – 7, 2012, www.narodnidivadlo.cz

Wonderful Circus A world class performance full of perfectly attuned scenic dance, pantomime and black theatre. The Laterna Magika theatre has the unique privilege of presenting the entirety of a lifetime in a single night. The comedy offered is as old as mankind itself - good and evil, love and hate, strength and weakness, happiness and sadness and, at last, wisdom and the understanding of what is really important in life.

Laterna Magika, Ostrovní 1, Prague 1 Dec 25, 2011 – Jan 2, 2012 , www.laterna.cz

Exhibition of 19th century French artists

Kate Lindsey

A selection of works from the National Gallery collection, presenting French artists of the 19th century, including Alexander G. Decamps, Gaston La Touche, Léon Bonnate, Jules Goupil, David de Noter and Léona Delachauxe.

Kate Lindsey, young, slim, attractive, with a dark, flawlessly placed mezzo soprano voice and a range of expression from foolish to satirical to sympathetic, gives the Nicklausse (MET production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann) star quality.

National Gallery, Dukelských hrdinů 47 , Prague 7 Dec 13, 2011 – Apr 15, 2012, www.ngprague.cz

Obecní dům, Prague 1 Jan 25, 2012, www.ticketpro.cz

The Invisible Exhibition The Invisible Exhibition in Prague is a unique interactive journey to an invisible world, where in total darkness you find your way only by touch, sound and scent. At this exhibition you will be lead by blind or partially sighted people on a journey that will change your mind, your perceptions and possibilities in the world of darkness. Give us your blind trust!

Novoměstská radnice, Karlovo nám. 1, Prague 2 until Nov 30, 2011, book your time at www.neviditelna.cz

Czech Press Photo 2011 The annual Czech Press Photo competition and exhibition yields an independent and authentic visual testimony of life in the Czech Republic and abroad, as seen by professional photojournalists living in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The purpose of the competition and exhibitions is to enable the public to become direct witnesses to events and phenomena

that took place during the previous year, to motivate photographers to a more personal approach in their routine everyday work and stimulate development in the media of photography.

Old Town City Hall, Old Town Square, Prague 1 Nov 22, 2011 – Jan 30, 2012, www.czechpressphoto.cz

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architecture The city of Prague is a unique historic place, with outstanding architectural styles. Romanesque rotundas, Gothic churches, Baroque palaces, and modern constructions all found within a few minutes walk.

Prague is a unique combination of several architectural styles. What style, characterized by what buildings, is your favourite? What I most admire about Prague architecture is its diversity; an intertwining, overlapping and interaction of styles, rather than exceptional examples of stylistic purity: the way the face of Prague has formed for centuries as a unique complex. Could Prague become a point of world interest for its architectural style and the work of its new generation of architects and designers? Prague has an exceptional potential, thanks to its history and tradition. Leading European architects built their works here in the past and the modern generation is


Which architect do you think influenced Prague the most? You can’t name one definitely. There were generations of good architects in every period. How difficult do you find it to cope with the historical buildings, their careful reconstruction and current need of modern design and technologies? Yes, often it is really difficult, due to interventions with historic structures and the architecture of the buildings. What is more, every building is different in this respect and a new specific solution has to be found for every project. But it is a necessary concession to the fact the building operation continues, extending its life significantly. Is it still possible to come up with anything surprising to implement into the reconstruction of historical buildings? Reconstruction of historical buildings is a discipline like any other. It is incessantly developed and enriched, chiefly thanks to applications of new technologies and procedures. Every project is different, has its own specific assignment. Each project, therefore, poses an opportunity to advance the quality of reconstructing and extending historical structures. How long did it take to reconstruct the Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác? Were there any difficulties? I have been working on Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác since 1993, when the building was in a state of disrepair. Since

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facing a similar challenge. Many outstanding architects are working in Prague today, and today’s Prague may again become a centre of attention. It is important though, that everyone with an influence on development understands that Prague has to continue as a living city and supports architects in their work.

TaK Architects The architectural and engineering studio TaK was founded in 2002 by a group of architects and construction engineers who had been working together since the 1990’s. They offer not only creative solutions, but also responsible teamwork and specialized assistance with design and construction. Their services rank from initial project ideas to the building opening. They focus on an individual approach to client needs, a comprehensive view and understanding of the project and its suitable incorporation into a locality and culture. Studio’s priority is not only the quality of the architectural and design solution, but also mutual satisfaction from collaboration.

11 conversion would not harm the building. Eventually, the result surpassed all expectations, attested by the fact that the Pachtův Palác reconstruction was recognized as the BUILDING OF THE YEAR in 2005. What was it that you had to pay the most attention to – frescos, decorative ceilings? Hard to answer this question and stay brief. The list of elements to be passportized, restored or conserved, and incorporated sensitively in the renovation project, contained hundreds of items. But if I am to choose a few most valuable ones, then they were the Renaissance frescos, original Baroque parquets and artificial marbles in Pachtův Palác, only identified during the reconstruction. To what extent were you limited by the historical heritage of the house? Heritage protection really posed a lot of limitations. However, all the restrictions were a reason to think and find a connection between the modern and the historical. Were there any personal experiences of yours as a hotel guest that you converted into the hotel’s design? It is perhaps obvious that an architect subconsciously gets inspiration from places he visits. But there was nothing that would influence the project directly: Pachtův Palác itself was inspiring to us.

— Ing. arch. Marek Tichý, Managing Director, TaK architects, Prague

then, it has undergone numerous modifications, the most significant being the 2002-2004 renovation for ORCO. It was preceded by almost two years of preparations, involving surveys, design work and intricate negotiations. The hardest task was to make the hotel spaces in the southern wing of Pachtův Palác, a unique example of Rococo architecture in Prague, and of course, convince everyone that the — Water House – a competition project of the Želivka water dam visitor's and information centre

The Pachtův Palác reconstruction was recognized as the building of the year in 2005 What do you think of the recent development of the city, its new buildings? Prague has an enormous development potential and the pressure to develop here is huge. Yet it also still struggles to retain its current appearance, which ultimately harms both. I’m not saying that there is no good new architecture, but I think Prague deserves a better overall quality of development and more top-class architecture. How much can history and modern trendy design co-exist? Should modern buildings be part of historical districts or should they stand apart? That is highly individual and depends on how consolidated the part of the city where the new building is planned. In case we are in a loose area with many buildings in various styles, it is advisable to add

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— Celetná Street, as part of the King's route, leads visitors to and across the Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle


a larger building complex. In historic quarters, the interventions should always be considered and balanced, one that adds to, or highlights what history has left to us. You have carried out several reconstructions, which were the most difficult? The U Zlatého Anděla house in Celetná Street was the most difficult so far, due to the extensive archaeological excavations and the consequences this had for the reconstruction. Do you have any “wish” project you would like to create or develop (park, residence, etc.)? We are lucky to have done beautiful, diverse projects. Each new theme is an opportunity for the architect to get to know interesting people, a social circle or scientific discipline. I hope our opportunities to expand our portfolio will continue and we will work on something completely new, such as a hospital or a sports centre.

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INtroducing Jan Wilson, the Mamaison’s Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác interior designer Jan Wilson is Managing Director of RPW Design, London. She is one of the most experienced designers working in the international hotel and leisure sector today. Having graduated in Australia with a degree in architecture, she came to the UK some 30 years ago and was soon leading teams handling a number of Europe’s then most prestigious hotel refurbishments. Jan went on to establish RPW design in 1988. She is widely recognised as an innovative designer with a rare understanding of the operational and commercial issues that determine the success or failure of a hotel or leisure development.

Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác A perfect combination of history, location and modern design with warm hospitality. Built in 1770 by architect Jan Josef Ulrich, the complex of the former Baroque residence of Earl Karel Pachta and the Classicist Jirásek House, located on the Vltava river embankment, was completely reconstructed in 2004. The former residential and non-residential premises were turned into a luxury hotel with 50 rooms and suites. The reconstruction changed not only the layout, but carried out the restoration of paintings, frescos, sculptures, marbles and stucco decorations.

Prague offers a lot but still deserves more world-class architecture to keep up with other destinations What do you think is the inspiration behind today’s architecture? I think the sources of inspiration are still the same: the context – the place, its historical and cultural settings – and also the assignment – the requirements of the client who has prepared the project, predetermining or influencing it in many cases. Which architect from abroad inspires you and why? There are a few names that speak to me with their work and working methods. At the moment, however, I am the most strongly linked to the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, with whom I am working on the President Václav Havel’s Library. He is a person with a modern view of the world and many years of personal and professional experience. Despite our age difference, our opinions and the work of our studios are very close to one another. c

Jan Wilson managed to revive the beauty of such landmark hotels as London’s Mandarin Oriental and the Russell Hotel. In Mamaison’s Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác interior she carefully implemented modern brand standards with the historical architectural heritage of the house, as well as provided airy spaces with an individual flair, style and décor. All rooms and suites from 30m2 to 137m2 have been richly decorated with a harmonious blend of antique and modern furnishings, rugs and paintings.

Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtův Palác provides spectacular views of the river, historical sights and especially the Prague Castle. The palace was once enjoyed by W. A. Mozart during his stay in Prague and today’s guests can admire similar antique wooden beams, vaulted chapel ceilings, fireplaces, frescos and paintings. The spacious and individually-designed suites each contain a fully equipped kitchenette, shower and satellite TV. When looking for a romantic, charming stay in an original palace, this boutique hotel is the right choice.


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Top Architectural Sights in Prague Adolf Loos (1870 – 1933) was an architect influential in modern European architecture. His radical and innovative approach, admiring the classical tradition, was deleting ornaments from everyday objects. Loos’s projects in Vienna and the major Czech cities influenced many architects and designers His “Raumplan” – organizing and designing interior spaces based on function is still admired. The City of Prague Museum hosts an exhibition of his outstanding work.

Frank O. Gehry (*1929) a Canadian architect known for his Tančící dům (Dancing House or Ginger&Fred). He studied architecture at the University of Southern California and urban studies at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Vlado Milunić, (*1941), Czech architect of Croatian origin studied architecture in Prague. Together with Gehry, they

The Villa Müller The villa for Milada and František Müller in Prague (1928–30) is the chefd'oeuvre of the international architectural avant-garde. It is an example of rare concord between an enlightened client and a brilliant architect. 1.

projected a new modern city dominant feature – the Dancing House at the Vltava River bank. The top floors of the house serve as a restaurant, with magnificent city views. 2.

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House of the Black Madonna The house, dating from 1911–12, was designed for František Josef Herbst as a department store with a café on the first floor. It is an example of a modern building sensitively incorporated in the historical core of the Old Town. After recent reconstruction, its spaces have been assigned to the Museum of Czech Cubism. 3. Ovocný trh 19 Prague 1

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Josef Gočár (1880 – 1945) Czech architect and one of the founders of modern architecture in Czechoslovakia. He was a professor at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts and was influenced by architect Jan Kotěra. His style includes cubism, but he mostly created designs in the style of Czech Rondocubism. Later his works focused on a functionalist approach. He was awarded the Grand Prize for the Czechoslovak Pavilion for the Exposition Internationale des art decoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris in 1925. In 1926 Gočár received the Ordre de la Légion d'honneur.

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The land of the spa

A country known for its unusual language, but warm hospitality offers some 1500 natural thermal springs. The Hungarian spas and wellness resorts refresh and heal both body and mind.

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elcome to Hungary, where you can pamper yourself with thermal, mineral and medicinal waters that all have curative powers. This should be the welcoming sign you read when entering this small Central European landlocked country – a perfect gateway to visiting Central and Eastern Europe. Hungarians (also called Magyars), speak a unique language and form a culture unlike any other in the region where Slavs and Germans dominate. Rich in culture and history, Hungary is a proud nation that loves to sing, dance and eat strudel and pancakes, as well as goulash. It belongs among the top 20 visited countries in the world. Hungary is a very special country. It has one of the primary thermal springs of

European countries. Their mineral water production approaches 360 million liters. Hungarian natural springs and medicinal waters are rich in salts and minerals, used for ages as a natural healing source. The water is suitable for bathing, as well as drinking . More than a thousand wells with water above 30°C spread across the entire country. And you can choose from countless thermal spas. Nearly 40 special medicinal baths have water containing radioactivity, sulfurous acid, salt bromine carbonate or iodine. In Hungarian spas you can enjoy steam, sauna, massages, mud masks and other special services. Fresh air, beautiful countryside, a relaxing atmosphere and warm hospitality make Hungary a perfect destination to gain energy and health.


— Budapest offers over 100 springs in historical and modern spas and baths

Hungary boasts one of the world's most beautiful cities: Budapest, the "Pearl of the Danube" toward bathing and spa tradition can be traced to several sources. In Budapest alone, there are nearly 50 baths, spas and pools. Spa architecture varies and you can enjoy both its history and culture at the same time. In Budapest‘s public spas (15 to choose from) you will find several different temperature pools and treatment rooms, with separate areas for men and women. There are often designated days when the spas are male-only and others female-only. Private thermal spas are established in some hotels. To ensure your privacy needs, call in advance and reserve the spa room for your private use. The best known Budapest baths, the Gellért Baths, were built in 1918 and this upscale location is a popular spa among tourists. The Széchenyi Bath and the Lukács Bath are both large complexes with many visitors. Don’t be surprised to find night parties with music and special light effects on Friday and Saturday in the Rudas Bath. The Palatinus Bath on Margaret Island has pools for children with special effects (whirlpool, wave-pool, water-chutes). Baths can even be found in parks (Csillaghegyi Bath), providing a perfect combination of cure and relaxation in nature. Water to bathe, water to taste In Hungary there are over 1,500 wells featuring thermal water. Most of the springs are medicinal and healing waters and three-quarters of those are located on the Great Hungarian Plain. Most of the spas and springs have been used continually for centuries. A great expansion occurred during the Turkish occupation of the 16th and 17th centuries. Hungarian spas feature Roman, Greek, Turkish, and northern

In order to enjoy a pure Hungarian taste, don’t forget Tokaj. This dessert white wine is known for its sweetness, from grapes infected by the "noble rot," Botrytis cinerea. If you enjoy this amber coloured wine, you become a part of a fan group including personalities such as Louis XIV, Beethoven, Napoleon III and Peter the Great. Most wines served in Hungary are sweet (red and white). If you prefer dry wine, be sure to ask for it. To gain an unforgettable experience, visit the local wine cellars and book your event at www.tokaj.hu Every nation has its liquor and the Hungarians have a traditional 50% alcohol drink –„pálinka,“ a strong, brandy-like liquor destilled from fruit. The taste varies by the fruit – peach, plums or pear. Even though available in all food stores, ask for them home-made. This is the real pálinka.

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The world’s spa capital Some may call Budapest, Hungary‘s capital and largest city, by this name. And it perfectly fits for a place with more than a 2,000 year thermal spa tradition. If you wonder where to find a spa in Hungary, visit Budapest. There are 118 springs in the city, providing over 70 million liters of thermal water. The temperature of the waters is between 21° and 78° Celsius. Spas you can visit have been in operation since the 16th century, during a Turkish occupation when the bath culture really began. The influence of Turks and their attitude

Don’t taste only mineral water

Mamaison Residence Izabella Budapest Just steps away from Andrássy Avenue, Mamaison Residence Izabella is a perfect choice for leisure or business travellers. Offering 38 fully-equipped suites, with a welcoming atmosphere and refined design, you will feel at home during a short or long stay. The hotel offers accommodation in a beautifully renovated 19th century building, decorated in warm design and equipped with high-tech facilities. To enjoy your stay, relax in a tranquil garden, charming terrace, fitness centre or sauna.

Mamaison Hotel Andrássy Budapest This upscale exclusive boutique hotel is situated close to the business, government and tourist districts, just off Budapest‘s Andrássy Avenue. Designed in Bauhaus style, it offers contemporary interior design with warm décor, providing a comfortable place to relax and enjoy the best of Budapest. The upscale deluxe accommodation at the hotel is cozy and welcoming, with a large lobby lounge and stylishly decorated bar and restaurant, perfect for time spent with friends or colleagues. Decorated in a contemporary, yet Art Deco style, Baraka Restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience, while offering numerous culinary delights. Fine selections of the freshest ingredients and richest flavours, including fish and seafood delights, is essential to a menu that changes according to seasonal availability. Ask for a daily lunch menu or try the Special Holiday offers.

country architectural elements. An unusual experience can be found in Tapolca, where Europe's only cave-spa is located. The spa in Hévíz, off the lake Balaton, is the best known hot water (33 °C) medicinal-water lake in Europe. Original relaxing and rejuvenating spas in breath-taking environments can be found across the entire country. When thinking of an enjoyable spa vacation, take your time and spend at least a week. The benefits will last for months. For further information please visit www.spashungary.com


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Hungary

(Hungarian: Magyarország), is an inland European country situated in the Pannonian Basin. The capital and largest city is Budapest. Hungary is a member of the European Union. The Hungarian language is part of the Uralic family and belongs, along with Finnish and Estonian, to the most unusual non-IndoEuropean languages spoken in Europe.

The history of Hungary dates back to 450 BC, when Celtic tribes settled, followed by Romans. In the 9th century, Hungarian king Arpád founded Hungary and the kingdom survived nearly 950 years. Hungary was mostly a kingdom during its history and in the mid-19th century became a partner in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By 1919, Hungary had lost two-thirds of its territory and one-third of its population. Hungary fought through most of World War II as a German ally, but later fell under German military occupation. After WWII Hungary was occupied by the Soviet army and later played a significant role in accelerating the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe. In 2011, Hungary held the presidency of the European Union council.

Currency Hungarian Forint (HUF) Coins: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 HUF Bank notes: 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000 HUF

Bük The Bük Spa Bath, close to the Austrian borders, is well-known over all Europe. The medicinal water welling up from a depth of 1,282 metres provides an excellent cure for all kinds of locomotor disorders. The spa is equipped with the most modern diagnostic medical units, as well as a full physiotherapeutic department. Outdoor activities such as 18 hole golf course, tennis, volleyball and basketball can be enjoyed there.

— The Danube river divides the Hungarian capital in two parts: Buda and Pest

The Berekfürdo Spa Bath Situated 50 kilometres from Debrecen, near the Hortobágy National Park, the bath has great effect on patients with gynaecological, rheumatic and locomotor diseases (spinal, knee-joint, hip joint sclerosis) and it is also good for posttraumatic extended care. The water output of the spring that feeds the 56°C, alkali hydrogen carbonated, iodised thermal water is 1.5 cubic metres per minute. The thermal water also contains chloride, bromide, fluoride, sodium and calcium. Hévíz Hévíz lake, only 6km from lake Balaton, with its 47,500 square metres, is one of the best-known spa resorts in Europe. The lake is fed by a thermal spring that originated in a very early geological stage and the mildly radioactive water contains sulfur, alkali, hydrogen carbonate and calcium salts. The spring feeds the lake with approximately 20,000 litres of water every minute, so the water of the lake is renewed completely every 2-3 days. The temperature of the medicinal water never goes below 26°C even in winter and, during summer, reaches 33- 35°C. The mixture of mud and the thermal water is an ideal combination for mudpacks. There are several high standard restaurants in this popular resort, as well as inns, cafes, casinos, entertainment and dancing available in the town. Debrecen Surrounded by an oak-grove park, the beautifully refurbished Debrecen Spa Bath offers more than 40 separate types of qualified treatments in indoor and outdoor pools with variable temperatures. Therapeutic care is delivered in the high iodide, bromide and hydrogen-carbonate

info Water as a doctor Thermal spa therapy is beneficial for the following conditions:

• Rheumatic diseases of the locomotor organs (except acute inflammation)

• Arthritis-Polyarthritis-Chronic Arthritis • Spondylosis (stiffness of the vertebrae) • Ankylosing spondylitis (Bekhterev's disease, Marie-Strümpell disease)

• Spinal disease conditions • Muscle disease conditions waters, used for different diseases like chronic arthritis, orthopaedic deformation, post traumatic extended care, certain heart and circulatory problems, numerous gynaecological conditions and nervous complaints. The medical and recreational cures are available in one, two and threeweek packages. Harkány The 180 year-old Harkány Baths and Swimming Pool is often called " The Heaven of the Rheumatic". Set in delightful surroundings, the recently renovated and extended spa offers invigorating medicinal and naturopathic treatments. The family operated bath in its particular Mediterranean climate welcomes guests who want to be healed as well as those who like bathing and relaxing any time of the year. c


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Major cultural events Autumn/Winter 2011 East of Eden – Photo Realism: Versions on Reality

The Ludwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art is proud to present a broad international collaborative exhibition of Eastern-Central European realist photographic works. They’re presented in parallel with American and Western European pieces. The photorealist painting of the ‘60s and ‘70s was just as prevalent in Eastern Europe as it was in America or the western half of the continent. However, realist imagery had entirely different traditions – it had to comply with demands from on high and contend with contrasting everyday circumstances. This exhibition makes an attempt to show these parallel phenomena side by side and capture a snapshot of both the capitalist consumer society and the socialist economy of scarcity.

Nordic Symphony with Simon Trpčeski and Anu Tali

Ludwig Museum, Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1, Budapest, until Jan 15, 2012, www.ludwigmuseum.hu

Christmas Concert: Liszt! In Every Respect This Christmas programme features works from Kodály, as well as a precursor to the 2012 Year of Debussy and a look back on the Year of Liszt, just coming to an end. The evening will be further elevated by the presence of Edit Klukon and Dezső Ránki, alongside the MR Children's Choir. On the basis of their recent recordings and concert productions, this husband and wife duo ranks among the world's finest performers of music for four hands and two pianos. They will perform the arrangement for four hands of Liszt's Christmas Tree cycle.

Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest Dec 10, 2011, www.mupa.hu

Vicente Amigo: Paseo de Gracia, a Flamenco Evening Guitarist Vicente Amigo brings new life and a magical quality to Flamenco, and is already being touted as the heir to the throne of Paco de Lucía. Amigo has won dozens of gold medals, awards and accolades, including the Premios de la Música, the Latin Grammy and honorary citizenship of Córdoba. He has worked with several symphony orchestras and performed as a soloist at the Metropol, conducted by Vince Mendoza, while his compositions have been performed by the Spanish National Ballet. Thanks to his burgeoning reputation, he also worked with John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, David Bowie, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Milton Nascimento, Sting, Eliane Elias and Paco de Lucía.

Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest Dec 17, 2011, www.mupa.hu

— Simon Trpčeski, the young Macedonian piano virtuoso has attracted much critical praise and performed with famous orchestras worldwide

Yvette Bozsik Company: The Magic Circus – A joint production of the National Dance Theatre and the Yvette Bozsik Company The performance is inspired by Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute. The Magic Circus has been designed for children. Here, the protagonists are members of a travelling circus (the animal trainer known as the Queen of the Night, the trapeze artist Tamino, the clown Papageno, and the tightrope walker Papagena), who must perform in the palace of the magician Sarastro. Opportunities of this kind are rare in the life of a dance company, for an existing performance to be re-imagined and reinterpreted for children in such a way that they too can understand the story and the “essence” of Mozart’s opera, as told in another theatrical language.

Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest Dec 29, 2011, ww.mupa.hu

Music-Wine Gala Concert: Hundred Member Gypsy Orchestra The "Music-Wine" Gala Concert will host the Hundred Member Gypsy Orchestra at the Budapest Congress and World Trade Center. Well-known melodies by Khachaturian, Brahms, Strauss, Bizet, Rossini, Liszt will be performed by the world famous Hungarian Hundred Member Gypsy Orchestra. You can also book this concert with a delicious dinner, wine tasting and folk dance show.

Budapest Convention Center, Budapest Dec 30, 2011, www.classictic.com

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The Nordic Symphony's unmistakable sound is the product of the varied influences of many schools, cultures and traditions, while its repertoire puts classical and contemporary works side by side, with Scandinavian and Baltic music at the core.

The programme for this Budapest concert follows in this vein. The Norwegian Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto is a genuine hit, particularly when performed by Simon Trpčeski. Born in 1979, the Macedonian pianist has already carved an impressive career. By contrast, Jean Sibelius' 1902 Symphony No. 2 is rarely heard by concert audiences, making this performance of the Finnish composer's work an unusual treat.

Palace of Arts, Komor Marcell u. 1., Budapest Nov 27, 2011, www.classictic.com

Rihanna From her Caribbean roots to the top of the charts, the 23-year-old, Barbadosborn beauty already earned the coveted title of international superstar. From her breakthrough multi-platinum album A Girl Like Me to her ubiquitous global smash “Umbrella,” Rihanna helped redefine the path of popular music for a new generation in just a few short years. With the global album release of Loud in November 2010, Rihanna continues her journey to dominate popular music and fashion worldwide.

Sportarena, Stefánia út, BUdapest Dec 8, 2011, www.rihannanow.com


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Budapest, known as the ‘Queen of the Danube’, charms visitors with its rich history and unique cultural heritage, as well as its bustling streets, vibrant calendar of events and atmospheric restaurants and cafés. Budapest enjoys an interesting history for visitors to discover. The city also has very cosmopolitan elements including great shops, cultural entertainment and restaurants, as well as a buzzing nightlife scene. Budapest enjoys a range of interesting attractions including wellness medicinal baths, caves and Mamaison Hotels & Residences.

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European Gala of Christmas Carols

— Warsaw's cultural palace, the Teatr Wielki hosts national ballet, opera and drama ensembles

Major cultural events Autumn/Winter 2011 5th Sputnik – Russian Film Festival Fans of classic Russian literature enjoy this special movie projection every year. Polish films in Russia and Russian films in Poland attract crowds of moviegoers, eager to experience a true feast for the soul. Mamaison Hotel Le Régina in Warsaw is a proud partner of this cultural event.

and I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo. Apparently they have more number 1 hits than Elvis or The Beatles.

Congress Hall, Pl. Defilad 1 Dec 11, 2011, www.makroconcert.com/pl

Christmas Concert

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Sienkiewicza St, Warsaw Dec 16 and 17, 2011, www.filharmonia.pl

The event is part of the National Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The premier of a new production of the famous ballet by Pyotr Tchaikovsky / Toer van Schayk, Wayne Eagling. Ballet-feeria in two acts, and three scenes with prologue and libretto by Marius Petipa, after E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale. A Christmas classic is played in December too, check for details.

Glenn Miller Orchestra Without doubt the most popular and still most in demand swing big band in the world. It all started in the 30s, but after the founder's death, his friend Tex Benek decided to continue the project as The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Today they are lead by Will Salden. Their hits include Moonlight Serenade, In the Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo Choo

Teatr Wielki, Plac Teatralny 1, Warsaw Dec 12, 2011, www.teatrwielki.pl

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir performs Polish and world famous Christmas carols under conductor and choirmaster Mr. Henryk Wojnarowski and with organ soloist Mr. Julian Gembalski.

Cinemas across Warsaw and Poland Nov 18 – 24, 2011, www.sputnikfestiwal.pl

Teatr Wielki, Plac Teatralny 1, Warsaw Nov 25, 2011, www.teatrwielki.pl

This year’s 12th European Choral Meetings festival is changing Warsaw into the choral centre of Europe for the twelveth consecutive year. We are delighted to be able to continue this great idea of annual meetings at our festival and would like to invite you to the many concerts, as well as the Great Christmas Carol Gala at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

Montserrat Caballé

The Copernicus Science Center Discover the scientist in yourself and have great fun with your family! This unique science center includes hundreds of interactive exhibits, where children, young people and adults can carry out experiments demonstrating how the world around us works. Check for actual programmes of presentations, seminars and lectures.

Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie 20, Warsaw www.kopernik.org.pl/en/

Caballé is a Spanish opera soprano. Although she‘s sung a wide variety of roles, she is best known as an exponent of the bel canto repertoire, notably the works of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.

The Palace of Culture and Science,  Plac Defilad 1, Warsaw Dec 22, 2011, www.pkin.pl


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Bursting with historical treasures, including buildings, palaces, churches and architectural complexes, as well as cultural and cosmopolitan elements, Warsaw has become one of the most popular cities in New Europe. Warsaw was destroyed during the Second World War but has since been reconstructed with great care. A city that will please culture and history lovers, Warsaw is also popular for its many green spaces, fascinating tourist attractions, vibrant festivals and Mamaison Hotels & Residences.

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Major cultural events Autumn/Winter 2011 Poiret – King of Fashion

New European Theatre Festival

For the first time in Russia, a presentation in the exhibition halls of the Assumption Belfry and One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch's Palace, shows the oeuvre of the distinguished French fashion designer, Paul Poiret. At the beginning of the 20th century he revolutionized the art of dressmaking and invented a new concept in woman's clothes. Through his unsurpassed contributions to twentieth-century fashion and successful career as a fashion designer and founder of several companies, Poiret was considered a “King of Fashion”.

Exploring different models of artistic production, Moscow's New European Theatre Festival gives its audience a taste of modern theatre from Russia and Europe. Several venues, including the Meyerhold Centre, host performances along with seminars addressing current production issues.

The Moscow Kremlin Museum, Moscow until Jan 12, 2012, www.kremlin.ru

Annie Leibovitz. A Photographer's Life Bringing together almost 200 portraits of some of the most iconic figures of our times, Leibovitz, a celebrity in her own right, also includes intimate photographs of her family and friends. Arranged chronologically, they chart fifteen years of her very integrated public and private life. In addition to the movie stars and her family vacations, there are items from her reportage of the siege of Sarajevo, Hillary Clinton's election to the Senate and even the odd landscape or two.

The Pushkin Fine Arts Museum, ul. Volkhonka 12, Moscow until Jan 15, 2012, www.artsmuseum.ru

Meyerhold Center, Moscow Nov – Dec, 2011, ww.netfest.ru

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American pop rockers, Maroon 5's debut album exploded onto the charts with a string of funk-infused hits in the early 2000s. Their most famous songs have been the impossibly catchy This Love and the recent hit Misery and interestingly, they sound very similar to each other. Their newer hits have a slightly sleazier rock edge to them, which should delight their female fans.

Crocus City Hall, Moscow Nov 27, 2011, www.maroon5.com

December Nights Inspired by Svyatoslav Richter, December Nights is one of Moscow's most prestigious cultural events. Throughout December, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts fills with some of the top classical acts from Russia and abroad.

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow Dec 2011, www.moscow-city.ru

Teatro alla Scala presents Excelsior (Ballet in two acts) Stars of the Stars. Tours of the Teatro alla Scala Classical Ballet.

Bolshoi Ballet and Opera Theatre – Main (Historical) Stage, Moscow Dec 15 – 17, 2011, www.operaandballet.com

— Annie Leibovitz created the most famous cover pages of the Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazine

Roxette Swedish duo Roxette peaked in the late 80s and early 90s with hits like Must Have Been Love and Listen to your Heart – in fact they had 19 top-forty hits in the UK alone during their formative years. This concert is part of their world tour, promoting their latest album.

Crocus City Hall, Moscow Dec 1, 2011, www.roxette.se

Pianomania Classic

Invasion 68 Prague

The Nutcracker

When Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in 1968, bloodily crushing Czechoslovakia's Prague Spring, it was a tragic, heartbreaking moment for dissidents across the Eastern bloc and a defining moment in Cold War history. The events of the Prague Spring are documented in this evocative photo essay by Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka.

A two-act ballet, originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The libretto is adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann's story "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King." It was given its première at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on Friday, December 18th, 1892.

Lumiere Gallery, Red October Chocolate Factory, Bolotnaya nab. 3, bldg. 1, Moscow until Dec 4, 2011, www.lumiere.ru

Bolshoi Ballet and Opera Theatre - Main (Historical) Stage, Moscow Dec 24, 2011 – Jan 3, 2012, www.operaandballet.com

This show makes classical music more exciting and accessible to audience –180 people on stage in a hugely impressive musical extravaganza. That number includes a full symphony orchestra, Dmitry Malikov at the piano, a choir and ballet dancers. The ensemble will perform a medley of popular favourites, including the William Tell overture, parts of Rigoletto, Swan Lake and Carmen, waltzes by Shostakovich and Mozart and Ravel's Bolero.

State Kremlin Palace, ul. Vozdvizhenka 1, Moscow Nov 24, 2011

Big City Lights Based on the Charlie Chaplin romantic comedy, City Lights, this ice show represents another step in the fantastical transformation of ice-dancing in Russia. The show features world champion skaters, talented participating ballet dancers and circus performers.

GTSKz Rossiya, Luzhniki Complex, Luzhniki 24, Moscow Nov 26 – 27, 2011, www.rossia-hall.ru


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— Built in the 13th century the castle's towers offer magnificient views over the entire Bratislava city

Major cultural events Autumn/Winter 2011 New Slovakia – Modern Lifestyle (1918–1949)

Strauss: Die Fledermaus

This project portrays the influence of modern lifestyles after the fall of the monarchy into Czechoslovak and Slovak cultures. Various art, including photographs, graphics and sketches will be presented as well.

A premier of the world famous operetta, composed by Johann Strauss II, to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée. The operetta premièred on 5 April, 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and has been part of the regular operetta repertoire ever since.

Slovenská národná galéria, nám. Ludovita Štúra 4, Bratislava until Dec 31, 2011, www.sng.sk

Slovakian National Theatre, Pribinova 17, Bratislava Dec 30, 2011, www.snd.sk

Bratislava Music Festivities

Tennis Classic

The 47th festival of music presents the best of classic music. The opening concert of the Slovakian Philharmonic, with conductor Emmanuela Villaumea, is followed by a gala by soprano Edita Grubnerová and several concert orchestras (from Italy, China, Hungary, Norway, etc.) and soloists from across the world. Classic pieces will be performed, as well as modern composers.

For the first time ever, WTA #1 Ms. Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark plays Slovak #1 Ms. Dominika Cibulková. The exciting match of these two beautiful women is eye-catching for every tennis fan. And fun is part of the event too. The world’s best tennis showmen, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami, will entertain you with chair or pan tennis!

Slovakian National Theatre and other concert halls Nov 25 – Dec 10, 2011, www.bhsfestival.sk

NTC Sibamac Aréna, Príkopova 6, Bratislava Nov 21, 2011, www.tennisclassic.eu

Ballet – Antoine de Saint – Exupéry: The Little Prince

St. Petersburg Festival Ballet – The Nutcracker + The Sleeping Beauty

A ballet interpretation of the world famous poetic and philosophic story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The Little Prince brings to life an important message for children and adults: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is one of the fixed stars of the classical repertoire of ballet ensembles. Since its premiere in 1892, it has undergone many changes in both dramaturgical and choreographic conceptions. Although the original production was not a success, the twenty-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was. However, the complete Nutcracker has enjoyed enormous

Slovakian National Theatre, Pribinova 17, Bratislava Jan 5, 18, 25, 2012, www.snd.sk

popularity since the mid-20th century and is now performed by countless ballet companies, primarily during the Christmas season. The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (his Opus 66). The score was completed in 1889 and is the second of his three ballets.

Istropolis, Trnavské mýto 1, Bratislava Jan 7 – 8, 2012, www.artpartner.cz

G. F. Händel: Enchanted Island – Live from Met, New York In one extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera can have it all: the world’s best singers, the glorious music of the Baroque masters and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In The Enchanted Island, the lovers from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are shipwrecked on his other-worldly island of The Tempest. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, the work showcases arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, along with a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast, with David Daniels and Joyce DiDonato as the formidable foes, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch.

Divadlo Aréna, Viedenská cesta 10 , Bratislava Jan 21, 2012, www.divadloarena.sk


Major cultural events Autumn/Winter 2011 The Nutcracker A fairy tale ballet for the whole family, based on the E. T. A. Hoffmann story. It is one of the fixed stars of classical and neoclassical ballet ensembles. It tells a story of the magic of Christmas that transforms people into magic beings, longing for idyllic adventure. Everything is but a dream, enhanced by the magnificent and festive atmosphere of Christmas Eve. The Nutcracker is a much-loved and popular ballet among audiences.

Antonín Dvořák Theatre, Smetanovo náměstí 3104/8A, Ostrava Dec 21, 22, 26, 29, 30, 2011, Jan 7, 8, 2012, www.ndm.cz

has been forced to flee Milan. But he returns in disguise, having spread the rumor that he has died.

Ostrava House of Culture, ul. 28. října 124/2556, Ostrava Dec 3, 2011, www.dkmoas.cz

Gounod: Faust – Live from Met, New York With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod’s classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn’t be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. A later run features two other first-tier

Nazareth

Nazareth is a Scottish hard-rock band that had several hits in the UK in the early 1970s and established an international audience with their 1975 album Hair of the Dog. Perhaps their best-known hit single was a cover of the ballad "Love Hurts" in 1975. The band continues to record and tour as of 2011.

CEZ Arena, Ruská 3077/135, Ostrava Dec 3, 2011, www.nazarethdirect.co.uk

Oscar Williams Jr. & The Band of Life

K-dron/Between art and math – Janusz Kapusta, New York A special exhibition dedicated to K-DRON, an elevensided spatial form with unique optical, acoustical and structural properties. Discovered by Janusz Kapusta, 1985 and patented in 1987. "K", the eleventh letter of the alphabet. Two K-drons form a cube. The K-DRON is both a remarkably simple and complex structure. There are thousands of variations. Discover them!

Art Gallery, Poděbradova 1291/12, Ostrava until Nov 27, 2011, www.gvuo.cz

G. F. Händel: Rodelinda – Live from Met, New York Handel, the most successful composer of the first half of the 18th century, wrote Rodelinda in 1725, the year after the triumphant success of Giulio Cesare. Distantly based on a play by Corneille, it tells the story of the Queen Rodelinda in seventh century Lombardy, whose throne has been usurped and whose husband

Fausts: Roberto Alagna and Joseph Calleja, with Ferruccio Furlanetto stepping in as the devil. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.

Ostrava House of Culture, ul. 28. října 124/2556, Ostrava Dec 10, 2011, www.dmkoas.cz

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra An evening of swing and elegance. The Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. As of January 2011, trombonist Gary Tole is the orchestra's music director.

Ostrava House of Culture, ul. 28. října 124/2556, Ostrava Jan 24, 2012, www.dkmoas.cz

Oscar Williams, Jr. and the Band of Life is an award-winning US gospel ensemble with a spiritually refreshing sound that uplifts and intrigues audiences worldwide. The group combines an array of talents and styles that converge into cutting-edge melodic sound. Members of this ensemble performed at the Vatican for the Pope, toured with international pop star Elisa and performed with GRAMMY winner Jason Mraz.

Cathedral of the Divine Saviour, Náměstí Monsiňore Šrámka 1760/4, Ostrava Dec 16, 2011, www.jalc.org

The Australian Pink Floyd Show This is the largest and most spectacular Pink Floyd Show on the planet! Critically acclaimed: „the Jaw-dropping performances have taken Pink Floyd fans by storm, an outstanding tribute to Pink Floyd, that will blow your mind“!

CEZ Arena, Ruská 3077/135, Ostrava Jan 16, 2012, www.aussiefloyd.com

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Christmas time in Europe is among the most important seasons and not only on the Christian calendar. Christmas in Europe lasts much longer than just a day.

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he season actually begins four weeks ahead of Christmas Day, as Advent begins. Christmas traditions vary from region to region in the celebration of the St. Nicholas Feast Day, as well as Advent celebrations, gift giving, caroling, tree decorations, meals and feasts. Christmas time in Central and Eastern European countries differs, as over time each country developed their own specific traditions and customs. Great importance is attached to December 6th (St. Nicholas Day) and the season’s main event, Christmas Eve on December 24th. On the night of December 5th the tradition of Saint Nicholas in Eastern Europe begins, as small children await the visit of the angel, who acts as counterweight to

the ominous devil and, of course, Saint Nicholas at home. St. Nicholas arrives wearing the robes of a bishop, with a red miter on his head, a staff in one hand and a sack full of gifts in the other. In the Czech Republic, the trio evaluates children’s behaviour during the previous year and they receive small presents, such as fruits, nuts and sweets (or coal and potatoes when they were bad). In some regions Saint Nicholas visits children on the morning of December 6th or the children find their presents under a pillow, as in Poland. In Hungary children usually leave their boots on the windowsill on the evening of December 5th. By the next morning, Szent Miklós has left candy and gifts if they have been good, or a rod if they have been bad.


Legend tells of St. Nicholas climbing down to earth from heaven on a golden rope, along with both a devil and an angel served with meat dishes, such as goose or turkey. St. Stephen's Day (December 26th) remains a holiday. Christmas festivities last until January 6th, the Feast of Epiphany (Three Kings Day), commemorating the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The initials K+M+B are written in chalk above home entrances, signifying the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat (Christ, bless this home). On city streets on this day you meet many children dressed as the Three Kings, because of the tradition of charitable donations.

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Children’s „D“ day The excitment of children before this miraculous evening begins in the morning. In some Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Slovak families, the Christmas tree is decorated, in others baby Jesus brings the tree over night and later in the evening delivers presents as well. In the Czech and Slovak Republic, Christmas Eve dinner (December 24th) is connected with a great number of different customs, rules and superstitions. Very few of them are still followed today. The most popular include that no lights should be lit in the house before the first star appears and, after that, the festive dinner should be served. The table should be always set for an even number of guests, as well as an extra plate prepared in case an unexpected guest arrives. Under the table, a bowl with garlic should be laid to protect the family from evil ghosts and providing strength and protection. To bring wealth into the family, fish scales (from carp) should be placed under each plate. A fish scale carried all year in the wallet will ensure money does not run out. The traditional dinner varies from Catholic (not allowed to eat meat during Advent) to Protestant families, who have no restrictions. The fresh-water fish carp plays an important role in the Czech Christmas Eve dinner and, in Slovakia, special cabbage or mushroom soup is eaten as part of several courses. Gifts in families with small children are believed to be brought by baby Jesus and are opened/exchanged after dinner. Many people, regardless religion, go to Midnight Mass or to festive church services on Christmas Day morning. Christmas Day (December 25th) lunch is

Mistletoe The Celtic Druids (around 500 B.C. in England) believed mistletoe warded off evil spirits and futility. In the following Christmas tradition, mistletoe symbolized everlasting life that would never die, through Christ and faith. A tradition of kissing under the mistletoe has been practiced for years, though no one is certain how it began. It probably has to do with with fertility celebrations by the Druids.

Silent Night This famous Christmas carol was first performed in Austria in 1818. Legend has it that a local priest was out on Christmas night to bless a baby. On his way home, the experience of that night on a starlit evening inspired him to write a poem. Franz Gruber, the church organist, set the poem to music and on Christmas Eve in 1818, the song was performed for the first time.

Hungarian Jézuska Christmas traditions in Hungary are similar to those in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Christmas symbolizes family unity and is celebrated privately. Christmas trees are decorated by the family on December 24th, although some families keep the tradition that the tree should be a surprise for chidren (finding it lit up early in the morning) and believing it was brought by angels. Christmas tree decorations always include candles and very special holiday candies (Szaloncukor), wrapped in bright gold, red, or other coloured foil and tied with bows. These are chocolate on the outside with marzipan and usually raspberry and orange jellies inside. On Christmas Eve, the celebratory dinner always includes fish soup and a a sweet home-made bread „beigli“, with either poppy seed or walnut filling. Later in the evening families attend midnight mass „Pasterka“ at local church.

Poland For Poles, Christmas is a time of family gathering and reconciliation. Christmas Eve marks the beginning of a new era. In Poland, a day first of fasting, then of feasting. The Wigilia feast begins at the appearance of the first star. This is in remembrance of the Star of Bethlehem. Family members sit down to dinner only after it appears. According to tradition, bits of hay are spread beneath the tablecloth as a reminder that Jesus Christ was born in a manger. There is no red meat served (instead fish, usually carp). A traditional meal would consist of twelve dishes, one for each Apostle.

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markets Prague The main markets are held at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. The markets offer traditional Czech products from handicrafts (Crystal, wooden toys, scented candles, handmade jewellery, ceramic mugs, traditional puppets and Christmas tree ornaments) and food (honey gingerbread, sausages, corn on the cob, pastries and local specialties), to cool Czech beers and warm drinks. Next to the Christmas tree a large Bethlehem scene is set up; a wooden stable depicts Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Kings. On the stage choirs sing carols.

Warsaw Warsaw's Christmas Market takes place on the Market Square (“Rynek”). Every year, wooden stalls are filled with regional products including festive cloths, hand painted glass Christmas tree ornaments, ceramics, jewellery, candles, amber, books, slippers, dolls, and carved wood decorations. The food available every year includes: deli meats, regional cheese, unpasteurized beer, hot chocolate, grilled sausages, rustic bread, sweets, and of course the hot mulled wine which is served from huge wooden kegs. A huge artificial tree is colourfully lit up on Plac Zamkowy (Castle Square) at the entrance to the Old Town.

Budapest Christmas market takes place at the Vörösmarty Square. In cottage-style wooden stalls visitors can admire or buy quality folk and applied hand-made art products. You may taste traditional Hungarian foods and cakes, stuffed cabbage, Christmas cookies, kürtös kalács (hollow, cylinder-shaped pastry with different coatings: sugar, walnut). A small Betlehem comes alive on the square with a crib and live animals and the Christmas atmosphere is enhanced by cultural programmes with carol singing and folk music concerts.

Bratislava Christmas Markets in the Main Square and the courtyard of the Old Town Hall accommodate over 100 stalls. You may choose among wood, glass, ceramics, leather, wicker, dried corn leaves, or beeswax products along with practical and decorative wares. In the courtyard of the Old Town Hall, members of the guild of historic crafts sell their merchandise. Christmas delicacies offered show a regard for traditional national cuisine with typical “Gypsy Liver” pork burger (Cigánska pečienka), spicy sausage, bread with lard and onion, savoury pastry (Pagáč), goose or cabbage potato pancakes, cabbage soups, hot punch, mulled wine or grog, sweet pastries, wafers, honey biscuits or gingerbread.

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— The festive atmosphere of Christmas invites for a cup of hot spiced wine or mead


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the best taste T Knowing that a restaurant prepares and serves food and drink to customers in return for money, our aim goes far beyond this definition.

here are millions of varied restaurants around the globe serving all kinds of cuisine. In Mamaison hotel restaurants, teams of excellent and experienced professionals are prepared to pamper your taste buds and make your visit a unique and unforgettable experience. La Rotisserie Restaurant can be described as French with a Polish origin. The Executive Chef, Paweł Oszczyk, is Polish, with a background from Michelin starred restaurants in both Italy and Germany, focusing on French cuisine combining traditional recipes with a modern touch. The menu changes according to seasonal offer. The team of talented chefs uses the freshest ingredients from Poland, as well as abroad and combines and arranges them in artful,


La Rotisserie Restaurant La Rotisserie, Mamaison Hotel Le Régina’s top-class restaurant and picturesque summer courtyard offers world class cuisine. Guests choose from a menu with delicious dishes, blending contemporary and classic French cuisine. Prepared by renowned Chef Pawel Oszczyk and his team, the range of delectable dishes, from hot and cold starters to tempting desserts, will appeal to even the most sophisticated and discerning of palates. The beverage selection offers a combination of fine wines, alcohol and liqueurs, as well as a top selection of non-alcoholic beverages, coffees, and teas. La Rotisserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Ask for daily lunch menu, as well as weekly menu.

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elegant creations to satisfy a guest’s palate, as well as his eyes. La Rotisserie invites each guest to enjoy Chef Oszczyk’s culinary delights, with delicious aromas and odours, to a unique welcoming environment. The tables are set in a main dining room with arched ceilings, as well as outside in the courtyard. We would like to share a few of our favourite recipes with you. They are easy to prepare and you can enjoy them at home with your family or friends. Bon apetit!

Paweł Oszczyk Executive Chef La Rotisserie Restaurant in Mamaison Hotel Le Régina Warsaw, Poland Paweł Oszczyk is Polish and attained his top culinary experience in Germany and Italy, where he worked at several positions in kitchens. During his two year stay in Italy’s Miramonti l’Altro, he was the Commis Tournant in a Michelin Star restaurant. Back in Poland for ten years, he worked as Chef de Partie and Head Chef of Marconi Kitchen at Le Royal Meridien Bristol Hotel. In 2001, Paweł decided to leave the hotel to look for new challenges at the prestigious Polish Business Roundtable Club in Pałac Sobańskich. Since February 2004, he has been working for Mamaison Hotel Le Régina Warsaw as the Executive Chef of La Rotisserie Restaurant. Every day he proudly presents very unique combinations of art and breathtaking culinary creations.

St Jacques scallops ragout with pine nuts, cauliflower and beurre blanc golden raisins, capar and spring onion sauce Serving: 4 portions Ingredients: Scallops St Jacques scallops 12 pieces Clarified butter 80 g Pine nuts 80 g / dry fried and smashed / Fresh butter 60 g Sauce White wine 50 ml Cream 36% 80 ml Lemon juice Fresh butter 120 g Capars, spring onion / chopped / Salt, pepper

Split the cauliflower into florets (max 1 cm). Fry with clarified butter until golden-brown and add raisins. Set aside in a warm place. Dust the scallops with salt and pepper and fry in clarified butter for 1 minute on each side. Add fresh butter and pine nuts, then coat the scallops with butter and nuts for approximately 2 minutes. — Paweł Oszczyk Executive Chef

Ingredients: ½ big and fresh pineapple 2 fresh cucumbers / unpeeled / Fresh ginger / size of a big hazelnut / Sirup Water 80 ml Cane sugar 60 g Cinnamon Cloves 3-4 Cardamom kernels 3 Lemon juice / 1 lemon / Grated lemon peel / 1 lemon / Put sugar and all spices into the water, then boil and put aside until cool, then strain. Peel the pineapple and wash the cucumbers, cut into small pieces and put into a juice extractor. Add the sugar and spices juice, serve in high-ball with ice cubes, garnish with fresh cucumber and pineapple.

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Boil white wine with cream and reduce by half. Add lemon juice, small portions of fresh butter and stir, seasoning with salt and pepper. At the end add a few capars and chopped spring onion, set aside in a warm place.

recipes Serving: 4 portions

Original La Rotisserie

Cauliflower florets 150 g Golden raisins 40 g / soaked in warm water /

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— St Jacques scallops ragout with pine nuts

Pour the sauce into a deep soup plate, put cauliflower and raisins ragout and scallops on top. Garnish with dill and chive twigs.

The best taste

— In La Rotisserie Restaurant we pay special attention to all five tastes. The combination of modern and classic cuisine makes the dining experience unforgettable


Entertainment for short days and long nights

Not only your body, but your brain needs regular training. Try the five brain twisters which will practise your brain after a busy day and, at the same time, check your logic, imagination and sence of humor.

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Dice The diagram on top is the surface of the dice. Which of the dice below does it belong to?

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5 6 7 4 8 9 3 7 8 2 3 9 8 5

Sudoku The aim of Sudoku is to enter a number from 1 through 9 in each cell of the grid. Each row, column and region must contain only one instance of each number.

Save the pig

With one pen stroke

The left match is an arrow flying directly to the pig. Can you save him by moving only one match? (except the one match representing the arrow)

Draw the pattern with one stroke of the pen. Each part can be gone over just once and your pen cannot be taken off the paper.

Spheric Memories Study the billiard balls for one minute, then cover them, and try to answer the below questions.

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What is the total of all odd numbers on the balls?

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Which two balls are the most visible ones?

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Which world destinations you would enjoy living in? I spent some time in Australia where my sister lives and fell in love with this country. It is a country full of sun and very warm-hearted and friendly people. That is something I would really enjoy having around me. Which world hotel do you like the most? I like any that is cozy, clean and friendly. Where would you prefer to stay – a city hotel or sea-side complex? I like both types. City hotels more for business and sea side complexes for holidays.

Reception is my favourite place. I love the adrenalin of the actions happening there Who is the most interesting person you met in your career? I had an opportunity to meet with many interesting people from around the world, with various background and life experiences. Two of them are Erich Zuri, Director of the Hotel Rennaisance and Jean-Francois Ott, the founder of the Orco Property Group. I met them in this business and appreciate both as

strong personalities with a high degree of charisma. Who influenced your decision to become a hotelier? No one did. I found this business myself and just felt it. After all, everything I do I do by instinct and intuition and these senses had never disappointed me yet (I mean in my career). Four years after the Revolution, when most companies were closing down and new ones opening, I opened a copy of Annonce papers (the newspaper with work advertisements) and saw that “hotel Adria is looking for a receptionist.” I told myself this is the job I want to do and have done.  Hotel Adria was my first hotel and I will never forget it and the people with whom I worked there. We still meet from time to time. Your favourite place in a hotel? My most favourite place is reception. It is the place where everything happens. I love this area and the adrenalin that comes from lots to deal with and meeting new faces every day. I meet a lot of interesting people from different businesses, especially here in Mamaison Residence Belgická. Each day is different and that really suits me, it is not boring. I simply love this place in the hotel, the work and people.

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Eva Šibřinová Eva Šibřinová General Manager of Mamaison Residence Belgická

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at 19 I gave birth to my son Martin

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years working at Mamaison Residence Belgická

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at 26 finished pedagogical school

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at 36 changed professions and began working at hotel Adria

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at 46 started at Mamaison Residence Belgická (reaching the pedestal)

What was your worst day at work? I don’t remember it. I like to be busy and that is when I most enjoy my work.

What makes you laugh at work? My receptionists and I laugh mostly at language misunderstandings with our guests. Usually the misunderstandings are quite comical, but it is probably not a good idea to mention them.  — Mamaison Residence Belgická is furnished in an innovative Feng-Shui style by famous Czech interior designer Barbora Škorpilová

The most unusual meal you were served? Snails. To be honest, when I saw them on my plate with their feelers I had to close my eyes putting them in my mouth. But they were delicious.

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Whom would you like to be with on a deserted island? I would never want to be on a deserted island! I like to have people around me all the time and that is also why I like my residence so much. I feel like a fish in water there.

Your favourite writer and book? I have enjoyed reading “The World According to Garp,” by John Irving. The book is full of the absurdities that happen to all people in their lives, but are ashamed to talk about.

When was the last time you fought your fear? I almost never fear and so I fear nothing. I have a special crutch for my fears. It was suggested to me by a person I met during my career to use against fear. I cannot tell it here, but it is an old and time-proven method.

When I do something successfully I always praise myself first by patting myself on the shoulder

What was the last thing you bought just for the joy of it? When I do something successfully I always praise myself first by patting myself on the shoulder. Then I occasionally reward myself, so I often buy something. Even just something like ice cream. It is the best a person can do – to praise and reward themselves.

Historical personality you admire? It is not just one single person. I admire all who devoted their lives to science or any other important branch that serves all people all the time. There are many people like that in history. With whom you would like to be on stage and perform? With Jack Nicolson. I liked him in the movie “As Good as it Gets.” I use that motto now almost every day. 

Mamaison Residence BelgickÁ Prague Mamaison Residence Belgická, furnished in an innovative Feng-Shui style by famous Czech interior designer Barbora Škorpilová, provides the best services in a splendid location for extended business and leisure stays. Each harmonious suite provides an elegant blend of comfort that lets you feel at home and relax, while offering a separate living room, dining area, comfortable bedroom and wellequipped kitchenette as well as high-tech equipment. All suites are airy, trendy, modern and enjoy plenty of day light. Residence Belgická blends vibrant interior design with hospitality, to provide unique accommodation in one of the most popular districts of Prague. The Residence is located in the trendy city district of Vinohrady, with plenty of fashionable and traditional restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs, pubs and as well as shops. Surrounded by several parks and gardens with fitness and relaxing areas, jogging paths and picturesque picnic spots, yet comfortably located close to the city center within walking distance and major tram and metro stops.

Your favourite joke? I like to laugh at good and witty jokes, but fundamentally forget them the moment I hear them. Your motto? Wish someone well and you will be well yourself, be generous and people will be generous to you. (In Czech –“Přej a bude ti přáno, dej a bude ti dáno”). c

What sport do you prefer to relax? To walk and talk. What is your dream car? That is an ironic question, as I do not drive. But when I think of a dream car it would be a fully automatic car into which I would just sit and say: “Take me to Belgická.”

Solutions of brain twisters from page 30 Sudoku 7 1 9 4 2 5 8 3 6

8 2 3 1 6 7 4 5 9

6 4 5 8 9 3 7 2 1

2 5 7 6 3 9 1 8 4

9 8 1 2 7 4 5 6 3

4 3 6 5 1 8 9 7 2

Spheric Memories 5 6 2 9 8 1 3 4 7

1 7 4 3 5 2 6 9 8

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Dice

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Save the pig

With one pen stroke

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Total: 8+2+4=14 The most visible balls are 2 and 9. The least visible ball is 4.

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Just make the pig lie down.


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MAMAISON HOTEL RIVERSIDE PRAGUE Uniquely located right on the Vltava river bank in the trendy Smíchov district and close to major tourist attractions, this award-winning Art Nouveau-style hotel provides ideal accommodation for both leisure and business travellers. The hotel offers fantastic rates for city stays in stylish and historic surroundings, making it one of the most charming boutique hotels in Prague. With original decor and spacious layouts, the accommodation is elegantly designed, with all amenities helping you feel at home after a busy day. The classic architecture of the building is reflected in the inviting lobby, restaurant and bar, all providing ideal locations to relax and enjoy the lively atmosphere of this hotel in the centre of Prague. The hotel is not only a perfect choice for business travellers, but families with children as well. Just across the street there are plenty of outdoor activities for the young ones, such as large playgrounds, kayaking, in-line skating, football or canoeing.

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Win a weekend stay Answer a question and win a weekend stay for two at a Mamaison hotel or residence of your choice!

“How many hotels and residences does the Mamaison portfolio contain?” Please email your right answer with your contact details and “MM Spirit Quiz” in the subject line to sales@mamaison.com by December 30th, 2011. The winner will be announced at the beginning of January, 2012.

Elegant and comfortable, with an inviting atmosphere that offers world-class wines and most favourite cocktails, drinks and non-alcoholic beverages. A wide selection of snacks, lunches and dinners is offered based on seasonal specials. The Lounge bar is a perfect location for private dining or casual meetings in a friendly environment. Special information: The Lounge bar is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. Check it out for special offers and happy hours!

restaurant The lovely interior of the lounge is distinguished by its glass details, including a glass ceiling that guarantees daylight. It’s an ideal place for private events, celebrations, weddings or just small gatherings of business partners or friends. Our restaurant welcomes guests every morning with a delicious buffet breakfast or lunches and dinners during meetings. The restaurant can also be reserved for private dinners or other functions.


Christ mas ‘tis the season

Put on your winter coat and come to explore the beauty of the elegantly decorated festive cities with their traditional Christmas markets. Mamaison’s hotels and residences are the perfect starting point for your pre-Christmas adventure. Book yourself at least two nights between the 1st and 18th of December, 2011 and get many extra treatments complimentary to your stay.

For more information or to book your experience visit mamaison.com


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