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On the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

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Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over the Czech Middlemountains, area of distinc remnants of extinct volcanoes and deep valleys. One of them, particullarly beautifull, is Opárno valley. Precious species of flowers and small animals deserve untouched environment, thus bridge over this valley has to be build with help of provisory stell cables.

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A: At the Ustí abutment of Opárno bridge

Af Jakub Hruska, 20 meter væk

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

At the Ustí abutment of Opárno bridge

B: Under the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

Af Jakub Hruska, 20 meter væk

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Under the supporting arch of Opárno bridge

C: Under the Opárno bridge construction site

Af Jakub Hruska, 50 meter væk

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Under the Opárno bridge construction site

D: Construction of Opárno bridge at D8 highway

Af Jakub Hruska, 60 meter væk

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Construction of Opárno bridge at D8 highway

E: Under the Prague abutment of Opárno bridge

Af Jakub Hruska, 100 meter væk

Highway designated D8 connects Prague with german city of Dresden. The last section has to pass over ...

Under the Prague abutment of Opárno bridge

F: Velemín

Af Cibula Vincent, 1.4 km væk

Velemín

G: View on Bohemian Central Mountains

Af Jakub Hruska, 1.9 km væk

The Bohemian Central Mountains rise up from the Labe Lowlands. Volcanic activity played a role in the...

View on Bohemian Central Mountains

H: Lovoš u Lovosic

Af Michal Kowalski, 1.9 km væk

Lovoš u Lovosic

I: Ostrý (Šarfenštejn) - České středohoří

Af Jan Kyncl, 3.4 km væk

First morning of new year 2013. Castle ruin Ostrý in České středohoří.http://jkphoto.php5.cz 1.1.2013

Ostrý (Šarfenštejn) - České středohoří

J: Church and the surrounding area of Milešov

Af Stanislav Dekanovsky, 3.9 km væk

Church and the surrounding area of Milešov

Church and the surrounding area of Milešov

Dette panorama blev taget i Czech Republic

Dette er et overblik over Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a cool little landlocked country south of Germany and Poland, with a national addiction to pork and beer. Potatos, cabbage, and dumplings are close behind them, and they also have this great bar food called "utopenec." It means "a drowned man," it's pickled sausage with onions, perfect with some dark wheat bread and beer. The Czech bread is legendary, like a meal all by itself.

Czechoslovakia first became a sovereign state in 1918 when it declared independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The state of Czechoslovakia lasted until the "Velvet Divorce" of 1993, which created Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

It was occupied by Germany in WWII but escaped major damage, unlike most other European cities. The nation's capital, Prague, retains some of Europe's most beautiful Baroque architecture as well as one of the largest medieval castle complexes still standing. The President of the Czech Republic has his offices in the Prague Castle even today.

There was a coup d'etat in 1948 and Czechoslovakia fell under Soviet rule. For fifty years Czechoslovakia was a Socialist state under the USSR, subject to censorship, forced atheism and even the arrest of jazz musicians!

In 1989, communist police violently squashed a pro-democracy demonstration and pissed everybody off so bad that a revolution erupted over it, finally ending the Communist rule.

The next twenty years saw rapid economic growth and westernization. Today in Prague you can eat at McDonald's or KFC, shop for snowboarding boots and go see a punk rock show.

The Czech Republic took over the presidency of the European Union in January 2009. This instantly created lots of political drama because the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, is a renowned Euroskeptic.

We anxiously await the outcome of "President Klaus vs. the Lisbon Treaty", a world heavywieght fight sceduled for spring 2009.

Text by Steve Smith.

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