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Panoramabillede af Jeffrey Martin PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Taget 13:11, 07/10/2006 - Views loading...

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Pork Knee

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Everyone should have one

It was a perfect weekend trip out of the city to Pruhonice, a rich suburb outside Prague which has a cute little chateau and gardens. On our way out, we passed this brewery, and decided not to leave just quite yet. We sampled their beer menu, which ranges from ten-degree to a very hoppy sixteen-degree. Johnny ate a veprove koleno - the whole knee of a pig on a plate with a bit of mustard and horseradish.

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A: Red fish in Pruhonicky park and castle pond

Af Jan Vrsinsky, 330 meter væk

Red fish in Pruhonicky park and castle pond

B: Oliver v pruhonickem parku

Af Jan Vrsinsky, 540 meter væk

Oliver v pruhonickem parku

C: Průhonice, Dendrologická zahrada

Af Petr Prager, 1.1 km væk

Průhonice, Dendrologická zahrada

D: Regenerační centrum na P 4

Af Jeffrey Martin, 3.5 km væk

Regenerační centrum RE/MAX Harmony nabízí kompletně zařízené regenerační centrum se stabilní klientel...

Regenerační centrum na P 4

E: Regenerační centrum na P 4

Af Jeffrey Martin, 3.5 km væk

Regenerační centrum RE/MAX Harmony nabízí kompletně zařízené regenerační centrum se stabilní klientel...

Regenerační centrum na P 4

F: Regenerační centrum na P 4

Af Jeffrey Martin, 3.5 km væk

Regenerační centrum RE/MAX Harmony nabízí kompletně zařízené regenerační centrum se stabilní klientel...

Regenerační centrum na P 4

G: Regenerační centrum na P 4

Af Jeffrey Martin, 3.5 km væk

Regenerační centrum RE/MAX Harmony nabízí kompletně zařízené regenerační centrum se stabilní klientel...

Regenerační centrum na P 4

H: Vestec - rybník

Af Jiri Tatousek, 3.9 km væk

Vestec - rybník

I: Opatov at night

Af MarcelL, 4.1 km væk

Opatov at night

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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