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Czech Republic part 1 of 4: Pilsen

MisterF

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Pilsen is home to the world's fist pilsner beer, Pilsner Urquell. Skoda was founded in
the city as well. I spent a day in the city, did the museum and brewery tour, spent some
time in the city centre, and visited an uncle that I'd never met.

The entrance to the brewery. This arch is etched on the Pilsner Urquell bottle.
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My great great grandfather, one of the founders
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A map of the underground caverns
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On the the city. Corner turrets are common on buildings all over the city.
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One of the biggest synagogues in Europe with the Skoda factory in the
background. Skoda is kind of like Hyundai in South Korea - a major industrial
company that happens to make cars.
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City Hall
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Commieblocks!
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Pano from the top of the spire. The square is huge, but half of it was closed
for construction. Apparently they're building a fountain.
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The tallest church spire the Czech Republic
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A middle class suburban street. Every house is fenced in, with a gate and
intercom. It was the same in the suburbs every city I visited, including
Prague.
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Similar pictures of Rokycany, the town where we stayed, about ten minutes
outside Pilsen. Everything's clad in stucco, brick is rare. Houses are built out of concrete. When a house has
a garage it's usually right on the lot line.
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Concrete sidewalks don't exist in the Czech Republic. They're either stone or
asphalt. Sometimes you'll see street trees and boulevards, sometimes not.
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Rokycany's main square
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Coming soon:
Part 2: Karstejn Castle and the spa town of Teplice
Parts 3 and 4: Prague
 

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lol no I don't any special discounts. That was a a long time ago and there were lots of founders - basically all the city's brewers got together to form the brewery. There were something like 200 of them.
 

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Great photos! Thanks. Places like the Czech Republic and Hungary have a funny feeling to them, I've found, one that comes with knowing that if not for 45-odd years of artificial separation these places would probably be considered to be as much or more the 'real' Europe as, say, Paris. But having been behind the Iron Curtain makes them feel strangely marginal, even today.

Re: the fenced-off suburban houses: might be a Warsaw Pact thing. You see the same thing on some houses in the posher suburbs in ex-East Berlin.
 

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Excellent photos! The former brewmaster from Pilsen is now the head brewmaster for Toronto's very own Steamwhistle Pilsner - the beer is quite similar in taste and is apparenrly brewed using the same Czech techniques.

That Skoda plant looks scary, as does the hill covered in grey socialist apartment blocks!

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