Archive for the ‘Czech Republic’ Category

Český Krumlov: Old and Wet

August 19, 2011 - 10:57 pm No Comments

Another obscenely early departure, made even more obscene by my batshit crazy idea to get up at 4:30am to take pictures of Prague’s Charles Bridge at dawn. Tomi had bet me that I wouldn’t be able to take any photos of the bridge without any people on it, and he was right. There were some drunken tourists stumbling home, two couples making out, and a few sleeping/dead homeless people.

Old Town Bridge Tower at Dawn (more…)

A Day in Prague: Castles, Piss, Supermodels, and Peppermint Beer

August 18, 2011 - 11:31 pm No Comments

Another long, hot day. My feet are crying for mercy. I’ve got a sweet crisscross tan on the top of my feet, but Chaco sandals are not the shoes to wear for 12-hour urban hikes.

We started the day with a free, guided walking tour around central Prague. The city’s got an interesting mix of unique architecture, people, and Russian street names. Like the rest of central Europe, the Romans, and then the Germans, and then the Russians shaped the history and people of this country.

It’s easy to get lost – streets intersect almost randomly. If you’re hoping to get somewhere by walking in a straight line, you’re out of luck.

Matryoshka Dolls (more…)

To Prague

August 17, 2011 - 2:20 pm No Comments

Another very early morning. I hopped across the street to get a pretzel-bagel thing, and the lady working the stall taught me (JENK-oo-yeh), which means “thank you.” Then a brisk walk to the station to catch our train.

Train through the Polish Countryside (more…)