Like I have previously mentioned, I really do not mind being bombarded by postcards and Martin is yet again responsible for the bombardment this time. He sent me 6 postcards of Jablonec Nad Nisou, which is locally known as Jablonec, in the Czech Republic. It is the second largest municipality in the Liberec region and between 1938 and 1945, it was part of Sudetenland. The Germans, who call the town Gablonz, composed 86% of the population until 1938. The rest being Czechs and Jewish people. After German occupation, many of the anti-Nazi Germans, Jews and most of the Czechs escaped the town to move to other parts of the country. In 1949 most of the Germans were expelled, with only those that were part of the anti-Nazi struggle and Germans married to Czechs were allowed to stay. To this day a German minority of between 1000 and 2000 people remains. Meaning that between 2.5% and 5% of the town’s 40 000 inhabitants are German. Interesting to learn that Jablonec is the Gablonz I had heard so much about on WWII documentaries. Very interesting. Thank you Martin!
This bombardment of postcards of Liberec comes from Martin, from the Czech Republic. He was also previously responsible for a bombardment of postcards of Hradec Kralove. Of course, in this sense I am most appreciative of being bombarded. With a population of nearly 150 000 people, it is the 5th largest city in the Czech Republic. The city was first settled by German and Flemish migrants in 1348, who were then expelled after World War II. Liberec is, however, still the home of a German minority, as well as a Jewish and Greek minority today. I always mention how great it is to learn of places that one never knew about and Martin certainly has provided me with yet another great learning experience and a lot of photos to back that up with. Thank you Martin!
This great multi-view postcard comes from Martin, who has sent me the most postcards of anybody that I know. Martin is from the Czech Republic and this postcard shows the Jizera Mountains or as it’s called in Czech, Jizerské Hory. The mountains form a natural border between Poland and the Czech Republic. The highest peak in the range is Wysoka Kopa, which rises up to 1127 meters. Since the introduction of lignite power stations, tin mining, metallurgy and glass-making in the area, mother nature has taken a serious knock, with some types of plants being driven to near extinction on the range. It is, however, still an attractive area, which is very popular for winter sports. It really does look like a pretty place. Thank you Martin!
Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic
This beautiful postcard of the Charles Bridge in the capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, comes from Michaela. The Charles Bridge was constructed from 1357 until the start of the 15th century. Talk about patience. When one does, however, take into account that this bridge is 621 meters long and 10 meters wide, then it’s easy to understand why it took that long during those days. The bridge was originally named the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge, but was renamed to the Charles Bridge (the monarch who had it built) in 1870. Like all bridges in Europe, this beautiful piece of history also suffered damage during World War II but at least it was not destroyed like so many others. Thank you Michaela, it’s a truly stunning postcard!
I must say that I was rather (pleasantly) surprised when I found that Martin from the Czech Republic had sent me 7 postcards of his city of Hradec Králové. The city is located in the region of Bohemia and has an economy based mostly on electronics manufacturing and food-processing technology. The city is based on one of the oldest settlements in all of the Czech Republic and it’s name means Castle of the Queen. I’m always impressed by how few people generally live in a European city. Hradec Králové is no exception with a small population of approximately 93 500 people. Thanks for the overwhelming number of postcards Martin!
From Pavla in the Czech Republic I received this postcard. She merely wrote: “‘If you can dream it, you can do it’ – Walt Disney” but that does not solve this riddle for me. Is this bread? Are they rock buns? I have no idea what to call this, so I’m not going to make a fool of myself by trying to give you a short history of bread as I usually do, I’m just gonna ask if somebody knows if this is some special Czech bread or something? If you know what it is, please do leave me a comment.
The Czech Republic
Three great postcards from The Czech Republic. Vladimir sent these 3 postcards to me. From what I can see, this country sure does take pride in what it has. The dam on the top postcard really looks stunning! Vladimir tells me that he used to bathe in this dam and by that, I sure hope that he meant “swim”. The bottom postcard is of the town of Chrudim in Eastern Bohemia. The town was established in 1276, thus making it a culturally rich and quite historical place. Chrudim is home to only about 23 500 inhabitants, thus making it but a speck on a map. Lovely country indeed!
Budweis, Czech Republic
Pavel fro Budweis in the Czech Republic sent me this postcard. It was a bit torn from its travels but that is exactly the kind of character I enjoy in a postcard. On the picture is the Budweiser Budvar Brewery. Budvar is a state-owned company that was founded in 1785 and it is said to be a national treasure in the Czech Republic – It makes beer, of course it’s a treasure!