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Imagini apropiate de Czech Republic


A: 20121124 Panorama over Vrane nad Vltavou

de Jiri Syrovatko, la distanta de 680 metri

Panorama over Vrane nad Vltavou, with Vltava river down below. Dam with powerplant also visible. Made...

20121124 Panorama over Vrane nad Vltavou

B: 20121124 Quarry in Zbraslav (15km south of Prague)

de Jiri Syrovatko, la 2.3 km distanta

On my 34km training run I made this panorama of quarry in Zbraslav, on the way to Cukrak. Made with N...

20121124 Quarry in Zbraslav (15km south of Prague)

C: In the train with Vojta

de Jeffrey Martin, la 3.6 km distanta

On the way to the countryside

In the train with Vojta

D: In the train with Vojta

de Jeffrey Martin, la 3.6 km distanta

On the way to the countryside

In the train with Vojta

E: Archbishop arbor- Prague

de Jakub Laštovička, la 4.0 km distanta

Archbishop arbor- Prague

F: Zbraslav - the Chateau

de Jeffrey Martin, la 5.0 km distanta

Zbraslav - the Chateau

G: Zbraslav - the Rotunda

de Jeffrey Martin, la 5.3 km distanta

Zbraslav - the Rotunda

H: Stranded in the middle of the night in Davle

de Jeffrey Martin, la 5.4 km distanta

Dave came to visit from Wigan in England. It had been many years since we'd had a bender together. Ba...

Stranded in the middle of the night in Davle

I: Bicycle trip

de Maxim Starikov, la 5.5 km distanta

Bicycle trip

J: Old Stairs in Dobrichovice - 2

de Jeffrey Martin, la 6.1 km distanta

Old Stairs in Dobrichovice - 2

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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