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cottage 01 05 - view of the way

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A: cottage 01 01 - view from the terrace

by Milos Adamek, 10 meters away

cottage 01 01 - view from the terrace

B: Sobotka - square

by Milos Adamek, 7.4 km away

Sobotka - square

C: Prachovske Rocks, Chzech Republic

by Tim Vollmer, 9.7 km away

Prachovske Rocks, Chzech Republic

D: Prachovske skaly, Prachov, Czech Republic

by Jozef Kokes, 9.8 km away

Prachovské skály jsou skalní uskupení pískovcových útvarů různých tvarů, rozkládající se zhruba 5 až ...

Prachovske skaly, Prachov, Czech Republic

E: Prachovske skaly, Prachov, Czech Republic

by Jozef Kokes, 9.8 km away

Prachovské skály jsou skalní uskupení pískovcových útvarů různých tvarů, rozkládající se zhruba 5 až ...

Prachovske skaly, Prachov, Czech Republic

F: Císařská chodba in rock town Prachov

by Erik Krause, 9.8 km away

Prachov is one of the rock towns of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). The Císařská chodba (Cesars pa...

Císařská chodba in rock town Prachov

G: Myší díra (mouse hole) in the rock town Prachov

by Erik Krause, 10.1 km away

Prachov is one of the rock towns of the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). There are several really narro...

Myší díra (mouse hole) in the rock town Prachov

H: Castle Kost

by Milos Adamek, 10.7 km away

Castle Kost

I: Castle Kost

by Milos Adamek, 10.7 km away

Castle Kost

J: Castle Kost

by Milos Adamek, 10.7 km away

Castle Kost

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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