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Panoramische foto door Jeffrey Martin PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Genomen 13:05, 05/08/2007 - Views loading...

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We were on our way back from Mlekojedy... and Katka just couldn't resist stopping. Normally a rather ethical sort, she had no qualms about stepping into this field and cutting down a handful of these yellow critters. Well, I guess they won't really miss it, and now our flat is cheerful all over.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Czech Republic

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A: Sapho Koupelny

door Petr Prager, 2.0 hier vandaan

Sapho Koupelny

B: The Second Hand Courtyard

door Jeffrey Martin, 2.8 hier vandaan

A courtyard of forgotten memories. We took a morning trip over the border - of the city of Prague - t...

The Second Hand Courtyard

C: The birth of Benjamin Martin

door Jeffrey Martin, 6.2 hier vandaan

The birth of Benjamin Martin

D: Observatory in Dablice

door Martin Brunclík, 7.1 hier vandaan

Obsevatory at the hill on the city edge is open for public and you can also visit the park close to t...

Observatory in Dablice

E: Walking around Ctenice chateau - 3

door Jeffrey Martin, 7.5 hier vandaan

Ctěnice is a rather pretty little chateau with horse riding grounds on the outskirts of Prague. We to...

Walking around Ctenice chateau - 3

F: Walking around Ctenice chateau - 1

door Jeffrey Martin, 7.5 hier vandaan

Ctěnice is a rather pretty little chateau with horse riding grounds on the outskirts of Prague. We to...

Walking around Ctenice chateau - 1

G: Ládví

door Michal Kowalski, 7.6 hier vandaan

Ládví

H: Ďáblický háj

door Michal Kowalski, 7.9 hier vandaan

Ďáblický háj

I: Cricket ground

door Martin Brunclík, 8.0 hier vandaan

Perhaps the only field with sufficient area for playing cricket in the country. Built and maintained ...

Cricket ground

J: Rape field

door Lukas Pribyl, 8.1 hier vandaan

Rape field

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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