Knowing Me, Knowing You, Pra-Ha

Trip Start Aug 22, 2005
Trip End Oct 31, 2005

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The city of a thousand spires is a truly wonderful place.

Prague is ridiculously hyped up, but it is worth it. Even the start of our trip, which saw us arrive in torrential rain, have to get a bus and a subway to the right part of town and then negotiate our way to the offices of Prague Hotels didnt deter us. Nor did the fact that once we had struggled to find the right building, it was closed and a doorman handed us a sealed bag containing a key. I must admit, we got a little irked when we went into "our" apartment and found 6 bags on the floor and the place in a right state as somebody was already staying there. So, back out into the rain and we waited until somebody came to sort out our problem. An hour later, just before midnight, we were into our home for the next 3 days, an apartment with a terrace and views of Prague Castle and the Old Town square from the back and the outskirts to the front. We were somewhere between Baroque and a hard place.

Fortunately the rain died down and so we were able to get around to seeing parts of Prague we missed on our last visit more than 5 years ago and also to see the best bits again... walking over Charles Bridge, looking at the fairytale towers of Tyn Cathedral, basically just walking around and going aaaahhhhhhh at the lovely buildings. Riko, one of our best friends in China, recommended a trip to Vysehrad, and it was well worth the walk, with a beautful church and cemetery, containing Antonin Dvorak, and a respite from the hordes of tourists milling around in the Old Town.

We also squeezed in a day trip to cheery Terezin. The city is a sleepy town about an hour north of the capital but has a grim history as the town has a large camp that was used by the Gestapo in World War 2 to house evil criminals such as Jews and those that wouldnt give up their homes to the occupiers from the North. The town itself was turned into a Ghetto for Jews and labelled as a retirement village. Not only could they retire there, but tens of thousands were also given free one-way train travel to the East of the German Empire, espcially Auschwitz and Belsen.

On that high note we set off south to have a few days rest and relaxation.....
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