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Two archers shooting competition with one reflex bow and six superlight carbon arrows (the winner wears a green belt). There is an indian camp in the background.

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A: The bird's view

by Joseph Svejnoha, 100 meters away

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B: The new year climb to the Homolka hill

by Joseph Svejnoha, 9.6 km away

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The new year climb to the Homolka hill

C: The new year fireworks

by Joseph Svejnoha, 10.2 km away

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The new year fireworks

D: The castle Bečov by winter night

by Joseph Svejnoha, 10.2 km away

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The castle Bečov by winter night

E: Wedding in the Becov castle

by Joseph Svejnoha, 10.2 km away

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F: Becov nad Teplou Castle

by Libor Fettr, 10.2 km away

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G: Underground corridor inside of the dam

by Jan Vrsinsky, 11.0 km away

Underground corridor inside of the dam

H: "Frog" guarding the dam

by Jan Vrsinsky, 11.3 km away

"Frog" guarding the dam

I: Žlutice náměstí

by Petr Prager, 12.9 km away

Žlutice náměstí

J: Žlutice kostel

by Petr Prager, 12.9 km away

Žlutice kostel

This panorama was taken in Czech Republic

This is an overview of 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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