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Liberec - Mistrovsky Vrch Stairs at night

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One of many alleys connecting the upper and lower Liberec city centre shot on a foggy winter night.

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A: Liberec - Na Schudkach Street at Night

di Tomas Kysela, 90 metri di distanza

Liberec - Na Schudkach Street at Night

B: Liberec - Spring Evening Stroll - Kostelni Street

di Tomas Kysela, 90 metri di distanza

Kostelni street is one of those seemingly forgotten places in the very centre of the city. On one sid...

Liberec - Spring Evening Stroll - Kostelni Street

C: Liberec - hradby

di Tomas Kysela, 100 metri di distanza

A more desolate part of the Liberec city centre, just about a hundred meters away from the city hall,...

Liberec - hradby

D: Liberec - Tovaryssky Vrsek Pub 1

di Tomas Kysela, 110 metri di distanza

View of a cellar pub in the centre of Liberec called Tovaryšský Vršek, or simply "U Zipa" after its o...

Liberec - Tovaryssky Vrsek Pub 1

E: Liberec - Tovaryssky Vrsek Pub 2

di Tomas Kysela, 110 metri di distanza

View of a cellar pub in the centre of Liberec called Tovaryšský Vršek, or simply "U Zipa" after its o...

Liberec - Tovaryssky Vrsek Pub 2

F: Liberec - Dr. E. Benes Square with a Christmas Tree

di Tomas Kysela, 190 metri di distanza

Liberec - Dr. E. Benes Square with a Christmas Tree

G: Liberec - Kitten Statues by the City Hall

di Tomas Kysela, 220 metri di distanza

Panorama taken in the middle of the cat statues by the sculptor Martina Niubo. The statues are meant ...

Liberec - Kitten Statues by the City Hall

H: Liberec - Saint Cross Church Garden Night

di Tomas Kysela, 250 metri di distanza

Panorama taken in the St. Cross church garden in almost complete darkness. The St. Cross church is th...

Liberec - Saint Cross Church Garden Night

I: Liberec - Night Cobbles

di Tomas Kysela, 290 metri di distanza

Liberec - Night Cobbles

J: Liberec - Park By The Saint Cross Church

di Tomas Kysela, 310 metri di distanza

Liberec - Park By The Saint Cross Church

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Czech Republic

Questa è una vista generale di 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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