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Travel Blogs from Prague
... out to New Town with hopes of keeping jet lag at bay by staying on our feet in the sunshine.
It was about this time, while attempting to buy our metro passes, that we discovered we were trying to use Hungarian money in the Czech Republic. (We still don't know if we accidentally tipped the cab driver 100 Hungarian Forinths instead of 100 Czech Crowns. The latter is equivalent to 5 US dollars. The former is only 50 cents!) After an embarrassing exchange with the ticket ...
... comparison to Paris or London). It was only in 1989 a revolution ended the rule of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia (former name) and formed a democratic government. Our Czech tour guide said during that time you couldn't buy any anything that wasn't produced or made in Eastern Europe. Fruit and veges for example were only available a few times per year due to the weather and clothing such as jeans or brands like Coke and McDonalds were also not available. The ...
... surprising. Over and over I heard stories of scarcity and ideological repression. Of people dismissed from their jobs or blocked from advancement because they chose to speak. Of a bloated workforce that didn't work and a public service that didn't serve. Communism ended here 23 years ago, and people remember it like yesterday. And spit.
I also went to the Franz Kafka Museum. As a museum it reminded me of the Dalí Museum in Figueres, Spain, that Ruth and I visited ...
Flew out to Prague on 19th December. Dropped the car off at the airport,
caught the shuttle across to the terminal, checked our bags in, then
settled down for a four hour wait before our flight left. After watching
the horror stories you here about budget airlines (in this case
Easyjet) we weren't sure what to expect. Cancelled flight? Overbooked?
Lost bags? But all went well. Even the pickup driver was where he said
he would be. Met up ...
... a knock on their door in the early morning, never to be seen again.
The was a '17.11.89' marker re the 50th anniversary of student uprisings resulting in 9 deaths. The government at the time closed all the universities in what was then Czechoslovakia.
Our guide related the story when the first McDonald's opened there was a line of 6k to eat some American food. We walked through some Franciscan gardens, heading to Wenceslas Square, our ...