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Liberec - Spring Evening Park Behind Liebieg's Villa

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Spring dusk in a small park just behind Liebieg's villa. Theodor von Liebieg was one of most successful businessmen of his time and this one was his probably nicest villa.

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A: Liberec - Mirror Park Winter Night

door Tomas Kysela, 80 hier vandaan

This huge mirror standing in the middle of a small park near Liberec city center is in fact a memoria...

Liberec - Mirror Park Winter Night

B: Liberec - Gutenbergova Park Winter Night

door Tomas Kysela, 430 hier vandaan

Quiet winter night in one of many green places in Liberec centre. To the east behind the trees you ca...

Liberec - Gutenbergova Park Winter Night

C: Deserted Print Factory 3 - The Chair Room

door Tomas Kysela, 520 hier vandaan

Panorama of an almost empty room of an abandoned printing plant. The once huge factory is scheduled t...

Deserted Print Factory 3 - The Chair Room

D: Liberec - Textilana Factory Ruins 2nd Floor

door Tomas Kysela, 530 hier vandaan

Panorama from inside the second floor of the last remaining building of once big textile factory. Lib...

Liberec - Textilana Factory Ruins 2nd Floor

E: Deserted Print Factory 2 - The Closet Room

door Tomas Kysela, 550 hier vandaan

Panorama of a brilliant installation made by the artist SAON in a desolate room of an abandoned print...

Deserted Print Factory 2 - The Closet Room

F: Liberec - Spring Evening Stroll - Felberova Street

door Tomas Kysela, 560 hier vandaan

A spring evening in the Liberec city centre. You can see the red Liberec Castle, the Ceska Sporitelna...

Liberec - Spring Evening Stroll - Felberova Street

G: Liberec Dam Spring Evening

door Tomas Kysela, 570 hier vandaan

Liberec dam is very close to the city centre so it usually is full of people trying to relax. You can...

Liberec Dam Spring Evening

H: Deserted Print Factory 5 - The Yard

door Tomas Kysela, 580 hier vandaan

Deserted Print Factory 5 - The Yard

I: Deserted Print Factory 4 - The Tiles

door Tomas Kysela, 590 hier vandaan

Deserted Print Factory 4 - The Tiles

J: Deserted Print Factory 1 - The Glass Room

door Tomas Kysela, 590 hier vandaan

Panorama of a top floor room of an abandoned printing plant. The once huge factory is scheduled to be...

Deserted Print Factory 1 - The Glass Room

Dit panorama is genomen in Czech Republic

Dit is een overzicht van 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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