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Our Old House - The Veranda

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Life by the River

Life was nice here. The best days were the days when Prague was only an idea, something to think about while sitting on this veranda, sipping a coffee, and listening to the sound of the Sazava river.

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A: Our Old House - The Veranda

di Jeffrey Martin, meno di 10 metri di distanza

Life by the River Life was nice here. The best days were the days when Prague was only an idea, somet...

Our Old House - The Veranda

B: Our Old House - The Veranda

di Jeffrey Martin, meno di 10 metri di distanza

Life by the River Life was nice here. The best days were the days when Prague was only an idea, somet...

Our Old House - The Veranda

C: Our Old House - The Veranda

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Life by the River Life was nice here. The best days were the days when Prague was only an idea, somet...

Our Old House - The Veranda

D: The River Bank

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Another rainy day on the river...Just out here with me and my dog (that's him, twice...)

The River Bank

E: Our house getting flooded

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It doesn't happen to everyone...Wake up, make coffee, sit down, tighten your robe against the chill. ...

Our house getting flooded

F: Our house getting flooded

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It doesn't happen to everyone...Wake up, make coffee, sit down, tighten your robe against the chill. ...

Our house getting flooded

G: Henny by the River

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Henny Pagels is a half German, half Czechoslovak (yes we know there is no Czechoslovakia anymore) wri...

Henny by the River

H: The Bikini Bath starring the Swede, the Jew and the Poet

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The Wasp is Tom, a useless, lovable poet who does not work but rather relies on the pity, gullibility...

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I: House of Outlaws - 3

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J: Our old house in Kamenny Privoz 1

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Our old house in Kamenny Privoz 1

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Kamenny Privoz, 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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