Checking out the Czechs

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 14, 2007

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Saturday, September 2, 2006

Our Czech campsite was several miles outside Prague. We needed to catch a proper train from a very improper station. There was in fact no station, just two platforms and a graffiti covered sign. Anyhow a train stopped and we zoomed into the capital. Quite interesting on the way home when it was dark. The first challenge was to find the right graffiti covered sign and then we had to cross the tracks. We watched and it seemed the done thing just to step down and walk across. So we checked the line both ways and set off. Suddenly a high speed train appeared and gave us a loud blast. It wasn't too close but I can tell you we took care not to stumble over the tracks.

Unfortunately, the city centre was full of stag groups drinking beer and waiting for the "you can find everything you want here" night clubs to open. We did the beer bit but I couldn't convince Gill about the other!

We found the city to be full of beautiful buildings
and again full of history - some of it very recent. The history seemed pretty tragic. The Nazis had all but cleared out the Jews leaving a synagogue intact as a planned museum of a dead race. Then much more recently, a couple of students had set themselves alight in the main square to register their objection to the 1968 Russian suppression.

Finally in 1989, Czechoslovakia had been pretty slow to boot out the Russians when the Berlin wall fell in the so called velvet revolution.

We went to the museum of communism which is nicely sandwiched between a casino and McDonald's.

Charles bridge really was worth crossing particularly when we were there because we happened on an international dragon boat race event.
An interesting sport, lots of hard paddling and nobody knows who has won.

We have found that we can put pin entries only in the blog. So at last we are up to date with the countries but not at all up to date with the stories - lots to fill in when we get back next week.

The camper has clocked up 3000 miles which is about 12 times its recent annual mileage and the scary thing is that we are still 1500 miles from home. If we turn up the music we can't hear the squeaks and grating sounds that have developed but (touch wood) seem to be ignorable.

However we can load some photos at this internet cafe so here are a few - on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words

see you all soon
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