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Troubadours in Tabor town square, Czech Republic

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The lovely town of Tabor with its famous old square, about one and a half hour south of Prague.

Tábor is a town of 37 thousand people, but it feels much smaller because its historical center is very condensed and can easily be covered in just a few hours. The town is a nice stop if you are traveling in Southern Bohemia or are passing by and have a few hours to spare.

Tábor has an eventful past, linked to the religious Hussite wars of the 15th century. It was founded as a bastion by Jan Žižka, army leader of the Hussites, in 1420. Reminders of these turbulent times can be found in street names, monuments, the ever-present symbol of the chalice, and in the Hussite Museum that is housed inside the Town Hall.

Tábor's Old Town is very pretty and it is a pleasure to stroll along its narrow cobblestone streets rimmed with colorful residential houses that are decorated with a mixture of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and other elements. We recommend starting at the picturesque Jan Žižka Square where you can visit the Information Center, and then choosing any of the streets that lead from the square in all directions.

see: http://www.myczechrepublic.com/tabor/

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This panorama was taken in Tabor, 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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