Czech Republic
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Uploaded: 10/01/2010
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Jeffrey Martin
Sunrise with Fog and Wires
Jakub Laštovička
Bus stop-Na Rybníčku
Jakub Laštovička
Suchomel Island Camp
Jakub Jakeš
Rail station in Strezimir
Jakub Laštovička
Jan Ksandr
Stork's Nest
Miloslav Petrtýl
Borena Hora
Jakub Laštovička
Ruin Borotín
Jakub Jakeš
Under the Castle of Borotin, Borotin, Czech Republic
Zdeněk Rosenthaler
Sedlcany, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk Square
Jeffrey Martin
Christmas Dinner in Chotoviny Chateau
Jeffrey Martin
Chotoviny Chateau - Salon
Ivan Tsyrkunovich
Старая водяная мельница
Lee Casalena
Golden Gate Bridge from Hendrik Point
Leif Nygaard Eilertsen
COP15 Climate Labyrinth 20091216
Ian Wright
Embarcadero, San Francisco
Jann Lipka
Kungsträdgården - ice-skating
Tibor Illes
National Theatre - box of honour
Willy Kaemena
Martin Broomfield
Paddy Fields Sulawesi
guizhou Guanxing Road
Guizhou Xingyi Road
David Outrata
Novohradske mountains - way
David Outrata
David Outrata
Velká Amerika
David Outrata
David Outrata
Chapel of Saint John on the Kremesnik hill
David Outrata
Railway Station Jesenny - at night
David Outrata
Bykovice pond
David Outrata
Cottages at the Czech-Moravian Highlands 2
David Outrata
Allley on the Kremesnik hill
David Outrata
Maly Blanik inside Chapel
David Outrata
David Outrata
Novohradské mountains - bridge
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.