Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Jablonec Nad Nisou - Summer and Winter

Jablonec nad Nisou is a beautiful town built in a valley under the Jizera Mountains [Jablonec = place with apple trees; nad Nisou = along the Nisou River]. It is built along the side of a large dam (the northern-most intra-urban dam in Europe for all you dam fanatics!) which gives the town a real sense of space.
The town has a huge sports culture, and I was constantly told during the recent Winter Olympics that this or that athlete comes from Jablonec! I was also recently told that Cross-country skiing is not very popular in the Czech because it is so physically demanding, and that only the people from around Jablonec enjoy it.

Jablonec n.N last summer (June 2009):

Jablonec n.N this Winter (March 2010):

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