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Mlýnský pramen
Czech Republic
Copyright: Dušan vondra
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Uploaded: 31/08/2009
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Zbigniew Pilip
Karlovy Vary, Lazenska Street
Dušan Vondra
Mlýnská kolonáda
Zbigniew Pilip
Karlovy Vary - Mlynska Kolonada
Dušan Vondra
Vyhlídka na kolonádu u Skalníkových sadů
Zbigniew Pilip
Trzni Kolonada - Karlove Vary
Gamurar-Roman
Karlovy Vary
Алексей Майер
Karlovy Vary, observation place
Dušan Vondra
Karlovarské Vřídlo
Istvan Bozsik
Baron Lützow's Villa in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
Andrew Usatyuk
Karlovy Vary
Cristian Marinescu
Karlovy Vary
Andrew Usatyuk
Karlovy Vary
Tobias Hahn
Gare de Guillemins
Leif Nygaard Eilertsen
Going fishing
Tibor Illes
An enormous storm (tornado) destroyed the sunflower
Melkan Bassil
Beautiful Sunset Cedars Lebanon
Martin Kneth
Main market hall in Morondava
Erik Krause
Grimsel Alpine Power Dam
Zibo Wei
Shwedagon
Erik Krause
The cascade at grimsel lake
Roberto Scavino
Ancient cemetery among vineyards, infrared panorama
Melkan Bassil
Zayed Mosque - Abu Dhabi
Martin Kneth
On the Tsiribihina ferry to Belu
Martin Kneth
Baobab Alley near Morondava
Dušan Vondra
ZOO Prague - flamingos
Dušan Vondra
Prague Castle
Dušan Vondra
Výstup na Pravčickou bránu
Dušan Vondra
Spišský hrad
Dušan Vondra
ZOO Prague - Africa up close
Dušan Vondra
Vyhlídka na kolonádu u Skalníkových sadů
Dušan Vondra
Mlýnská kolonáda
Dušan Vondra
Pramen Štěpánka
Dušan Vondra
Výhled z pevnosti Königstein
Dušan Vondra
Zoo Pague - gorilla pavilion
Dušan Vondra
Od Slezské boudy na Sněžku
Dušan Vondra
ZOO Prague - aviary birds
More About 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.