The fairy tale land of the Choden

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Our walk led straight through the land of the Choden, but also through the territory where of 1948 until 1989 the IRON Curtain was located which was nearly inaccessible. A walk along the Douglas-fir at the edge of the wood to the view point with view of the Southwest of Bohemia. The Choden people have despite or thanks to their turbulent history kept their identity and their strong dialect too.
According to sources, the first historically documented settlement was in the 11th century by the Choden. They were Czechs who initially came to protect the frontier. The Bohemian dukes and German emperor gave them many privileges. For example, they had the right to come and go without permission, permission to hunt and fish, and freedom from compulsory labor, duties and requisitions. In return they were obliged to maintain the defenses of the castle, to occupy and defend it in the event of war and to lay out obstacles against invasion -- in frontier forests.

Photo taking during our hike in Výhledy - Czech nearby the former IRON curtain, border with German. Image inspired by the paintings of Bob Ross.

Onze wandeling voerde dwars door het land van de trotse en onafhankelijke Choden, maar ook door het gebied waar van 1948 tot 1989 het IJzeren Gordijn liep en daarmee vrijwel ontoegankelijk was. Een wandeling langs sparren en dennen en stijgt langs de bosrand naar het uitzichtpunt met zicht op een deel van de Zuidwest-Bohemen. Deze Choden hebben ondanks of dankzij hun turbulente geschiedenis hun identiteit weten te behouden, net als hun sterke dialect. Koppig bleven zich verzetten tegen de Duitse invloed en nog steeds is het land van Choden het oorspronkelijkste Tsjechisch gebied van heel Tsjechië. De Choden waren een Slavisch volk dat in de 11e eeuw binnengehaald werd om de toenmalige grens te bewaken en de handels routes tussen Praag en Duitsland vrij te houden in ruil voor privileges zoals vrije jacht.

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  1. egold. 68 months ago | reply

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  3. allr1 67 months ago | reply

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  4. asben7 67 months ago | reply

    A wonderful fairy tale in itself!

  5. Alex.Lamico 67 months ago | reply

    Is natural, is art, is color, is filling.

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  17. Marjon Bleeker 32 months ago | reply

    Mooi dit Ben!!
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