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Castle Bezdez

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Images à proximité de Czech Republic

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A: Castle Bezdez - Tower

Par Milos Adamek, à 60 mètres

Castle Bezdez - Tower

B: Bezdec Tower Gigapixel

Par Jeffrey Martin, à 60 mètres

Bezdec Tower Gigapixel

C: Castle Bezdez

Par Milos Adamek, à 180 mètres

Král hradů. Takovou přezdívku dostal od návštěvníků. A že jich jeho branami prošlo dost a dost. V roc...

Castle Bezdez

D: Path to Bezdec Castle

Par Jeffrey Martin, à 190 mètres

Path to Bezdec Castle

E: path to Bezdez

Par Milos Adamek, à 190 mètres

path to Bezdez

F: Machovo Jezero Lake

Par Jeffrey Martin, A 6.6 km

Machovo Jezero Lake

G: Machovo Jezero - Gigapixel

Par Jeffrey Martin, A 8.1 km

Máchovo jezero is an artificial lake (fish pond) (now 2.84 km²) in the Liberec Region of the Czech Re...

Machovo Jezero - Gigapixel

H: Waiting for the baby to wake up

Par Jeffrey Martin, A 8.3 km

Waiting for the baby to wake up

I: Lookout near the town of Mšeno

Par Jan Vrsinsky, A 11.7 km

A nice lookout in the rocks that you can't get easily to. You need to jump at least two times over a ...

Lookout near the town of Mšeno

J: Snack on a lookout near Mseno

Par Jan Vrsinsky, A 11.7 km

A bunch of tourists-friends are having a snack on a nice lookout near the town of Mseno

Snack on a lookout near Mseno

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Ceci est un aperçu de 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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