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Czech elections are about emotions

We have a presidential election coming up at the beginning of next year. The campaigns are now getting underway, but many Czechs don’t even think about the successor of the current head of state, or leave their decision to the last minute. In an exclusive interview, we asked Jan Tuček, director of the renowned Czech research agency STEM/MARK, how he sees the presidential election and more.

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To Turkey in search of the jewels of Central Anatolia

Turkey is the land of mosques, Cappadocia, ancient monuments, kebabs and beaches. Yes, undoubtedly these and much more. But that description falls short of the mark for a country with such breathtaking landscapes, great cuisine and an endless array of alluring forms.

Diverse Czech bike tours

The end of summer heat, decent temperatures and nature bursting with colors – these are but a few of the many positive reasons to click into the pedals this autumn and get to know the corners of the Czech Republic from the bike seat. Our country offers a plethora of trails, routes and paths suitable for both beginners and advanced mountain riders alike. Just pick a direction, inflate the tires and ride!

Petr Jákl: The falls are worth those trips to the top

After two years of postponement, this September we will finally witness the premiere of the most expensive Czech film in history, a magnificent historical work with the telling title Jan Žižka (entitled Medieval outside of the CR). Žižka was brought to life by former Olympian Petr Jákl, who refashioned his experience in judo into a successful career in the field of film production. How he went from being a professional athlete to a director, how he chooses the themes of his other projects, and how he worked with the legendary Sir Michael Caine, he revealed in an exclusive interview with DOCK.

Diagnosis - a case of the Dolomites

"When I first arrived in Italy’s Dolomite Alps 30 years ago, I was flabbergasted. I was so impressed by the power, omnipresence and bizarre shapes of rock towers, summits, peaks, in short, every inch of this incredible landscape. When I came here for the third time, I was frustrated by my inability to capture and take with me at least fragments of the unending mosaic of curious phenomena, images and natural scenery. By my seventh visit, I was thrilled that I could actually grasp the uniqueness of these mountains within the scale of the entire Alps. When I was here for the twelfth time, I was surprised that these mountains still had something to offer me, they still inspire in me an immense aesthetic feeling and a sense of satisfaction. And I keep coming here, because for me, it's a kind of Diagnosis of the Dolomites.”

Fire is the heart of the kitchen

Simon Johnson, CEO of CRESTYL Czech Republic, was born in the UK but has been at home in the Czech Republic for 26 years. Professionally, he excels in managing the development of large neighborhoods, but his other expertise and great passion flourishes in one very specific space – the kitchen. It was there that an informal and very pleasant interview took place for you, dear readers of DOCK magazine.

Daniel Hejl: For Productboard, people are the key

It is rare indeed to have the opportunity to ask a founder of today's most valuable Czech startup about anything you might be interested in. This makes the following DOCK interview, for which Daniel Hejl made time, all the more exceptional. Hejl is the Chief Technology Officer of Productboard, a global technology project helping companies develop products that make sense.

Madeira Island: Pearl of the Atlantic

Island empires essentially exude the magic of diversity, but not every island can offer as much density of natural and cultural gems as Madeira. The slopes of this volcanic island, rising almost 2,000 m in elevation, have eroded into bizarre, jagged ridges between the ravines of gorges and valleys, and the tropical climate features a backdrop of laurel and eucalyptus forests and numerous, gorgeous waterfalls. Christopher Columbus already knew the beauty of Madeira. He fell in love not only with its wealth, but also with the daughter of the governor of the neighboring island of Porto Santo. And his successors today have recognized the tourist potential of the place, while wise policies ensured that its nature remained untouched except for inhabited coastal areas. They also created a friendly and comfortable environment for all lovers of extraordinary experiences. You will also find something unique in the world here: the over 1000-km network of “levadas” – aqueducts or water channels, enabling tourists to penetrate the very bosom of an otherwise completely inaccessible jungle. Add to this the Madeiran cuisine, wine, rum and goodness of all kinds. You too are invited.

A spring menu deserves fish

Where there is water, there are fish. That is a Malay proverb. And DOCK and water are practically one world. That's then again what we like to say. It's a world full of tasty gastronomic specialties that should be a natural part of a healthy lifestyle. And turning fish into culinary wonders can be very easy and fun. Let’s give them a try!

Michaela Mertová and skyrunning: Heaven to the touch

She does not consider herself a professional athlete, yet she runs 6,500 km per year. In addition, she pedals 8,000 km and hikes another 1,000 km. Since she was 25 years old, when Misha Mertová, a native of Lanškroun, started running, she has conquered many a mountain peak in this world. As a running coach, she also advises her trainees how to start running, where to find motivation and how to combine sports with normal daily duties – read on in this exclusive interview for our magazine…

Self-confidence when choosing lingerie is the key

What is most appealing thing about women? Their confident beauty. Everyone has it in them, but sometimes it is necessary to discover and reveal it. And that's the starting point for Tereza Vu and her collection of refined luxury lingerie.

Canary Islands: Islands as you’ve never seen

In times when travel has become rarer and more complicated than we are used to, let us take you to a place where spring is eternal and far beyond the horizon of everyday life – to the Canary Islands. A dream vacation awaits you closer than you might think – within reach of Africa but without leaving Europe. If you have the taste and courage, come with us to unexpected places that you would hardly find in travel guides. Experience the Canaries with us firsthand.