Petras Place in Prague

Trip Start Mar 10, 2005
Trip End May 20, 2005

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Although I enjoyed Prague...a vibrant, very modern city with more of Western than Eastern European feel about it. The 4 nights that we spent there was more than enough and I was definitely looking forward to getting back on the bike and amongst the country roads + forests again. There is an amazing difference between the style of life 20km from the city as compared to the city centre. The people of Czech in the outerlying suburbs live a very simple, farmer style life...and seem to be much happier for it.
Prague lived up to its reputation as a beer drinkers heaven...we found one local bar selling 500ml beers for 17kc (aus$1 or 50c E), so of course we had to sample a couple of the local brews...2 thumbs up.
Our last night in Prague (April 14th) was spent at a fellow HospitalityClub members place. This was the first successful attempt of using connections through the internet for accomadation, turned out perfectly to. Petra was a 29 year old Polish girl, living and working in we found out she loved her green-tea, we spent the night chatting and sipping on what had to have been 10 cups of tea a piece. So after a good breakfast and a few trips to the toilet curtesy of the tea, Sam and I set off on our way out of Prague. Having learnt from our police-experience on the way into town, we had decided to take a train out of the city centre to a town called Turnov, about 70km NE of Prague. From there it was back on the bikes and heading in a NE direction towards Warsaw, Poland. Sam had a few Czech Koronas, moeny, left so it was into the supermarket to spend the remains...of course Sam being the Pop-corn-aholic that he is comes back with about 2kgs of popcorn and a few other less essential items, like water and fruit. After a couple of hours riding we entered into the Krkonossky National Park...beautiful evergreen forests with fresh water streams winding down through them, it was all up-hill for over 40 miles (70km) but was one of the most enjoyable riding sessions of the tour to date. At the top of the climb and admist the thick covering of snow was the Czech.Rep-Poland border...a quick check of our passports and a couple of stamps and it was time to change languages again, Polish it is. Poland welcomed us with open arms, and both Sam and I really enjoyed the first taste of this scenic country...with an added bonus, a downhill run of over 20 miles (35km). Awesome snow covered forests and streams running along side the smooth biker-friendly touring doesn't get much better than this...very very good times.
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