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Moonlight starfield
Czech Republic
Copyright: Jakub hruska
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 9120x4560
Uploaded: 09/08/2009
Updated: 03/10/2014
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Martin Brunclík
Dismantled wooden tower Schlossberg
Jakub Hruska
Jizera mountains foothill
Jakub Hruska
On top of Bukova mountain
Jakub Hruska
On the way to Bukova
Tomas Kysela
Nisanka Lookout View
Tomas Kysela
Nova Ves nad Nisou - Nisa Spring
Tomas Kysela
Jablonec nad Nisou - Square
Petr Prager
Bedřichov přehrada
Tomas Kysela
Cerna Studnice
Petr Prager
Bedřichov, Prezidentská chata
Tomas Kysela
Jablonec nad Nisou - Petrin Lookout View
Erik Krause
Mariánské schody (Marienberg stairs)
Konrad Łaszczyński
The Palace Mnebhi
Dieter Hofer
First Snow on Lake Grimsel Dam
Michael Pop
Hot air balloon show at Campu Cetatii
Rolf Ris
Furka Cogwheel Steam Railway
Thang Bui
Dong Xuan Market 1
Tibor Illes
Nagymagocs Karolyi hunting castle - hall
Richard Chesher
New Caledonia Cruising
Shiyong Wan
State Grid Pavilion in EXPO 2010
Willy Kaemena
20th Anniversary of Reunification
Jose Luis Perez De C.
Inside "La Luz" Tortilla Factory at Irapuato's Local Market
Michael Pop
Atmosphere at the Zdob si Zdub concert at Peninsula
Zoltan Duray
Messnerin
Jakub Hruska
Forum01 Img 5150 Img 5153
Jakub Hruska
Gripsholms Slott
Jakub Hruska
The Simplon Road
Jakub Hruska
At the Ustí abutment of Opárno bridge
Jakub Hruska
Corso in Pallanza during Easter
Jakub Hruska
Grand Tinel, Palace of the Popes
Jakub Hruska
Castle of Baux de Provence
Jakub Hruska
Stairs of the Ledeburg Garden
Jakub Hruska
Near Bøur
Jakub Hruska
Negrelliho viaduct 2
Jakub Hruska
Church of All Saints in Martock
Jakub Hruska
Pecka castle
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.