Czech Republic--July 24-July 28, 2005
 

Prague

I arrived in Prague after a night train from Krakow. All the guide books warn about this train that it is a dangerous train to take because of thefts while you sleep. I was lucky to be able to get a compartment with 2 others that I met when I was in Warsaw, and in Krakow with me. We were able to lock the compartment and get a little sleep with no problems other than that. Prague is a nice city, but has become overrun with tourists. Now I know that I am a tourist as well, but it was almost unbearable. There were tour groups of people everywhere and got to be very crowded at all the sights. For anyone who doesn't know, Prague was one of the few big cities that did not get bombed in WWII so many of the prewar buildings are still intact and it makes for great scenery including a great town square....

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and some great old churches

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and the famous Charles Bridge

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Prague Castle

I also saw the Prague Castle and Cathedral. Over all Prague is a very pretty city. I sampled the local beer again and went out for a couple of nice dinners when I was there. But I was ready to leave after 3 nights and get to a place where there was a little more peace and quiet and not so many of those damned tourists!

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Brno, Czech Republic

I had heard about a city called Brno on the eastern part of the Czech Republic and decided to head there for a couple of days. It is actually the second largest city in Czech Republic, but not a lot of tourists visit. My plan was to visit the largest cave system in Czech and although I did not see the big one, I was able to visit a smaller of one in the cave system. If this was the smaller one I wonder what the big one looked like. I met a couple that were staying in my hostel that were also going to the caves and tagged along with them. The one we visited was called Katerinska (Katherine's) cave.

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Old Swimming Hole

We had plenty of time in the afternoon and heard about a swimming hole by the train station on the way back to Brno. It was so hot out and the water was refreshingly cold. All the locals were hanging out there and it was a great place to people watch. The weird thing was that it was right up against the train tracks. So if you looked to the left you saw a beautiful lake surrounded by rocks and trees.

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and if you looked to the right you saw the train tracks with trains going by frequently. There was not a lot of room right next to the lake so people were laying out on the pavement beside the tracks... pretty strange, but a beautiful day and a nice way to relax after it being so hectic in Prague.


Next stop... Hungary

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