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Bridge Over Brno Reservoir

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A: West part of Veveri castle walls

by Martin Vasek, 380 meters away

West part of Veveri castle walls

B: Brno reservoir (9m below maximum)

by Martin Vasek, 4.8 km away

Brno reservoir (9m below maximum)

C: Brno dam - monkey bars

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Brno dam in autumn 2011 - monkey bars

Brno dam - monkey bars

D: Brno dam - autumn 2011, yellow tree

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 4.9 km away

Brno dam - autumn 2011, yellow tree

Brno dam - autumn 2011, yellow tree

E: Brno dam - falling leaf in autumn

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 5.0 km away

Brno dam - falling leaf in autumn

Brno dam - falling leaf in autumn

F: Brno dam - big match

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 5.0 km away

Brno dam - big match

Brno dam - big match

G: Brno dam - autumn 2011

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 5.1 km away

Brno dam - autumn 2011

Brno dam - autumn 2011

H: Moto GP Automotodrom Brno

by Martin Brunclík, 5.9 km away

Literally turbulent atmosphere before the main race on Sunday - wil be wet or dry? Clouds and showers...

Moto GP Automotodrom Brno

I: In the l(e)ions den

by Martin Vasek, 6.2 km away

After the race of SEAT LEON eurocup in Brno 2009. This race was a part of WTCC 2009 at Masaryk circui...

In the l(e)ions den

J: Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

by Martin Brunclík, 6.4 km away

Grandstand opposite to pits during practice day. Bikes can whiz speeds up to 300 km/h here...As this ...

Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic

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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