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A: Salon sport club Hodonin

by Petr Valla, less than 10 meters away

Salon sport club Hodonin

B: Ristorante La Rivolta Hodonín

by Petr Valla, 250 meters away

Ristorante La Rivolta Hodonín

C: Pomnik TGM Hodonin

by Petr Valla, 360 meters away

Pomnik TGM Hodonin

D: Train TGM Hodonin 2010

by Petr Valla, 460 meters away

Train TGM Hodonin 2010

E: Train TGM Hodonín

by Petr Valla, 470 meters away

Train TGM Hodonín

F: Za Kostelem Hodonin zima 2010

by Petr Valla, 470 meters away

Za Kostelem Hodonin zima 2010

G: Fugen

by Petr Valla, 470 meters away

Fugen

H: Namesti Hodonin zima 2009

by Petr Valla, 500 meters away

Namesti Hodonin zima 2009

I: Vorderlanersbach

by Petr Valla, 540 meters away

Vorderlanersbach

J: ulice kasarenska hodonin

by Petr Valla, 600 meters away

ulice kasarenska hodonin

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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