Leaving the Czech Republic was not easy
Sep 28, 2010
Oct 06, 2010
. Just a real pain to do. We kept looking at the map and trying to go every combination of ways we could find on the map to get to the street that would take us out of the city when we tried the last of our wrong ways and got the penalty and then after paying the police, they agreed to lead us out of the city. Funny thing was that they turned on their flashing lights and took us down one way streets the wrong way to get us where we were trying to go. Uh ... guess it's ok for them. When we finally got outside of the city on the road to Poland and had gone no more than roughly 15 miles, we were pulled over again and this time we were told that because we did not have the coupon to travel on that road, we would have to pay another penalty. There was no opportunity to pay at a toll booth when you got on the road because they don't do it that way there and we had no idea what we were getting pulled over for. Well, let's just say that we were a bit shellshocked from so much police intervention and in the way of not understanding a word of what the other was saying, the fine was paid and they decided to spend some more time searching our car for who knows what. Well, finding nothing we were on our way to the next gas station where they said you can purchase this mystery coupon. The next station was out of them. Ok. On to the next gas station where we were in luck that they had them and we peeled it off and stuck it on the inside of the car windshield and made it to Poland with our three penalties and $2,500 korunas behind us.
Oh goodness! Let me begin by saying that Prague is just a beautiful city. I loved all my experiences there that did not involve driving and the police. Pretty much, the streets were very confusing to navigate. Lots of one way streets and streets that you can drive on with the tram tracks and then all of a sudden, you can't drive on them. That's what did us in on two occasions. The police seem to be on to the tourists who don't know what they're doing because on the occasions of both of our tickets for those driving on the tram tracks when you should not, the police were camped out right there waiting. They said "oh, you can't drive on the street with the tram. You must pay a penalty." Strangely enough for the same mistake in two different locations in the city, the penalty prices were different. The officer ready to hand out our second penalty in Prague had no explanation for that. It was a let's make up a number and you pay us the cash scenario. This happened on the way into Prague trying to find our hotel and on the way out of Prague trying for an hour to get the heck out