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A: Sunbay summer camp - beach

av Libor Fettr, 7.8 km bort

So called "beach" on the Landa pond near Vraz u Pisku. In the summer you can offten meat here sailors...

Sunbay summer camp - beach

B: Sunbay summer camp

av Libor Fettr, 8.0 km bort

Sunbay childer camp is for more then 40 years run by Czech Agricultural University Prague. It is loca...

Sunbay summer camp

C: Wedding of Julie and Stepan in Sunbay

av Libor Fettr, 8.0 km bort

It was called "Synthesis of Julium and Stepik" by the young pair. Nice synthesis :-) http://synteza.e...

Wedding of Julie and Stepan in Sunbay

D: Landa lake

av Miloslav Petrtýl, 8.0 km bort

Regular practising of hydrobiology with students on Landa lake. As you can see water sometimes reflec...

Landa lake

E: Svatba Ája & Viki

av Tomáš Klíma, 10.5 km bort

Svatba Ája & Viki

F: Makov - Animal Resque Station Storks incubating

av H.J.Weber, 11.6 km bort

The pano shows two handicapped storks during incubating.As I approched to make the pano, the female s...

Makov - Animal Resque Station Storks incubating

G: Makov - Animal Resque Station Fish Otter

av H.J.Weber, 11.6 km bort

Animal Rescue Center Makov was established in 1993 by the Czech Union for Nature Conservation. This C...

Makov - Animal Resque Station Fish Otter

H: Makov - Animal Resque Station

av H.J.Weber, 11.6 km bort

Animal Rescue Center Makov was established in 1993 by the Czech Union for Nature Conservation. This C...

Makov - Animal Resque Station

J: Yacht Club Radava

av Jakub Laštovička, 12.2 km bort

Yacht Club Radava

Yacht Club Radava

Det här panoramat togs i Czech Republic

Detta är en översikt av 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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