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Imagini apropiate de Czech Republic

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A: KIN

de Tomas Dolansky, la distanta de 130 metri

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B: Kaple Smrtelne uzkosti Pane/x

de Jan Vrsinsky, la distanta de 470 metri

Kaple Smrtelne uzkosti Pane/x

C: U Cerne veze

de Jan Vrsinsky, la distanta de 530 metri

U Cerne veze

E: Cerna Vez

de Jan Vrsinsky, la distanta de 540 metri

Cerna Vez

F: Namesti Premysla Otakara II., Ceske Budejovice, main square

de Zdeněk Rosenthaler, la distanta de 560 metri

Namesti Premysla Otakara II., Ceske Budejovice, main square

G: namesti Premysla Otakara II.

de Jan Vrsinsky, la distanta de 580 metri

namesti Premysla Otakara II.

H: České Budějovice Náměstí

de Petr Prager, la distanta de 590 metri

České Budějovice Náměstí

I: České Budějovice - Budweis, main square

de Atila Bezdan, la distanta de 630 metri

Study tour to waterways in Bohemia and Saxony, april 2011.

České Budějovice - Budweis, main square

J: Namesti Premysla Otakara II., Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, main square with town hall

de Zdeněk Rosenthaler, la distanta de 660 metri

Namesti Premysla Otakara II., Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, main square with town hall

Namesti Premysla Otakara II., Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, main square with town hall

Aceasta panorama a fost facuta in Czech Republic

Aceasta este un ansamblu a 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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