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Wallachian country

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Wallachian countryside is part of the Beskydy Mountains. There are many old folk buildings surrounded by beautiful countryside.

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A: Rozhledna Sůkenická

by Robert Mročka, 2.7 km away

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Rozhledna Sůkenická

B: Bílá - Gašky

by Robert Mročka, 6.4 km away

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Bílá - Gašky

C: Interiér kostela sv. Bedřicha na Bílé - pohled od varhan

by Robert Mročka, 6.6 km away

 Interiér dřevěného kostela sv. Bedřicha z r. 1875 na Bílé - pohled od varhan.

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D: Interiér kostela sv. Bedřicha na Bílé

by Robert Mročka, 6.6 km away

 Dřevěný kostel sv. Bedřicha z r. 1875 na Bílé

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E: Dřevěný kostel sv. Bedřicha na Bílé

by Robert Mročka, 6.6 km away

Dřevěný kostelíček sv. Bedřicha z r. 1875 na Bílé

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F: Bílá - lanovka Zbojník

by Robert Mročka, 6.9 km away

Dolní stanice lanové dráhy Zbojník na Bílé.

Bílá - lanovka Zbojník

G: Na Bílé u hotelu Pokrok

by Robert Mročka, 7.0 km away

Na Bílé u hotelu Pokrok.

Na Bílé u hotelu Pokrok

H: Bílá - výhled ze sjezdovky

by Robert Mročka, 7.1 km away

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Bílá - výhled ze sjezdovky

I: Restaurant Skokan in Knehyne

by Vlastislav Tauterman, 7.8 km away

Restaurant Skokan in Knehyne

Restaurant Skokan in Knehyne

J: Pomník Maryčky Magdonové

by Robert Mročka, 8.0 km away

Pomník Maryčky Magdonové ve Starých Hamrech. Nachází se pod hřbitovem, vedle kostela sv. Jindřicha po...

Pomník Maryčky Magdonové

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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