4 Countries in 48 Hours
Trip Start May 24, 2012
16Trip End Jun 14, 2012
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I left May 24th late at night from Dulles flying to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. The flight was full but reasonably comfortable. Turkish Airlines actually still serves food on its flights, and they even had the little screens you can watch whatever movie you want on them. After an 11 hour flight, we touched down in Istanbul, and then I had about a 3 hour layover before my plane to Vienna.
The airport in Vienna is the most efficient I have ever seen. I had cleared customs and picked up my bag within 15 minutes of exiting the plane. I took the suburban rail into the city and then switched to the underground subway to get to my hotel. After getting off of the train and wandering around for about 15 minutes to get my bearings, I found my hotel and checked in
This morning I woke up and tried to find an ATM to get some Euros. Asking at the front desk, I was told, "go left a little bit, look diagonally, there will be a little white house with a clock. There is an ATM there." Great! It only took me an hour searching to find it...sigh. With Euros in my pocket, I went back to the hotel to grab some breakfast before some sight seeing.
I took the morning in Vienna to walk around the area near my hostel. There is a really famous flea market there, which to me looked like a bunch of people selling junk on the street. Walking further I found two lovely parks and took some pictures of some interesting churches and buildings. The architecture in Vienna is very grand.
Soon it was time to catch my shuttle to Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov is a little Czech near the Austrian border, but it is not easy to get to by train. There are several companies that run tourist shuttles to help transport travelers. At 12:15 my shuttle arrived and me and two other girls who said they were from London, but were speaking what I think was Chinese, were off. 3.5 hours later, we arrived in Cesky Krumlov, where the driver overcharged me for the shuttle- his exchange rate was a little different than that of the international currency market it seems
Spent the evening wandering around town and grabbing dinner. The town is like something out of a fairy tale. It was like stepping into a Disney movie, with the cobblestone streets, little village houses, and a stream running through town.I ate dinner at a converted medieval house and had a traditional Bohemian feast with ham, chicken, potato cake, millet, cabbage, peas, and some other things, washed down by a Czech beer- hey, it was cheaper than soda.
I saw a flier in town that said it was museum night, so after a rest, I went to the municipal museum. They had free admission to the museum, free snacks, and a guitar duo playing music. The museum told the story of Cesky Krumlov from stone age to now. It was interesting but not something I would have ordinarily visited.
So at the end of day 2, and I am tired. Going to get a good night sleep and get ready for Prague tomorrow.
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