Poking Around in Prague!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 29, 2006

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

So we have left France We are arrived in Prague to have the taxi driver say " Mister, excuse me mister, Prague very beautiful city, you 100% sure must see the castle." With that kind of pressure we had no choice but to visit the castle. He was right the castle was a huge sprawling expanse with a hall big enough to have jousting tournaments in and the mandatory cathedral. Of course I had to lug Collette up the narrow winding stone stair case past sweating tourists to the bell tower where we had an expansive view of the red tile roofs of Prague. Downtown Prague was equally majestic with huge squares, each one with a ominous fountain topped with a scene out of some unknown war (at least to me) and some man in a heavy coat leading his comrades to what I assume is a quick and gory death. I assume the accompaning horses are equally doomed. Many of the building had statues carved into the exterior and one point or another and at the junction of many of the wide boulevards a stone Gothic tower would be standing watch. Through all of this trolley cars would be zipping through carrying tourists and weiner eating locals. It made San Francisco look like a tract home. I guess that is an unfair comparision but there I said it. The only downside was that Prague is full of tourists and every fifth person on the street was holding out a map and testing their spousal relationships and communication skills.

Traveling with Collette is a little more than we reckoned with. Imagine trapping a wild raccoon, train it to watch cartoons for 45 minutes at a stretch and then pay thousands of dollars to trek it around the world with you. Welcome to our world. However she does has her moments as when she was overwhelmed with hyperactive joy when we boarded the night train to go from Ceske Krumlov (Czech Republic) to Crackho (Poland) and she realized that she was going to get her own bunk on a train. She kept telling to me to get in my bunk above her. Once I had done this I would look at her below me and she would cackle and giggle with kicking feet. Once completed she would then say" Come down Dada, Dadda get out of your bunk" Repeat.

PS If this log has brought any amusement to you worker drones in sector G. Please send us an -email or post a comment. Come on. A thanks goes out to the less lazy people who sent us messages (not javier).

2 Did you know in 1866 the Prussians and Austrians had a particularly nasty spat? Who would've known.
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dcrothers on

First things first!
How's the beer?

lagartica on

beer and crack
Yes, that was main concern also - how is the beer - but then I read on, and now I want to know more about the E. European Crack-hos. Anxiously awaitimg your comment.

PS - yesterday Orion saw is first rattlesnake!

mvaroglu on

Beer and Surf in Central Europe
I'm confused, Blaine is known for surf and central europe is known for beer and I see neither in the trip so far. Also why Poland, how good can the wave be in the Baltic.

mailovaas on

So you guys made it to Prague! If you feel lost or need some help feel free to call my sister she lives there, +42 0608 322 070. I was in Prague in July, yep, waaay too many tourists - American ones!!! Down from the castle you spend $10 for a cuppa coffee, ripoff! The beer´s good though, and off the beaten track it´s waaay cheap. Nastrovje! (eehh, that was Russian...) Flaki!

jkiesel on

What is up with all this land hugging?

jkiesel on

What is up with all this land hugging?

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