Friday, May 26, 2006

Czech this out

I have wanted to go to Prague for quite a bit. I don't know why. I think I saw it on TV and just decided that I had to go for myself. Well, now I have and I wasn't disappointed. Prague is a wonderful city to visit. Full of beautiful architecture, impressive churches, bridges, narrow cobbled streets, little street cafes and bars, a wonderful castle, museums and plenty of history. There are loads of shops selling Czech goods such as crystal and wooden toys and puppets. In one such shop I was insanely happy to be reaquainted with a blast from the past when I found a toy Mole which was a Czech cartoon character that I adored as a small child.

The first evening I was there, I dumped my stuff at the hotel as I couldn't wait to get out and see the place. Every corner turned was a new discovery and I just wandered around taking everything in until it clouded over suddenly and I got caught in a big electric storm and torrential rain. I wasn't bothered though. I was in an exciting foreign city and the storm just added to the adventure. I spent the next three days walking miles looking around and taking it all in. The view from the castle across the red roofs of the city is amazing and I also went on a lovely boat trip down the Vltava river which runs through the city. All I can say, is the pictures don't do it justice. Go and see it for yourself but avoid the weekends - as I was leaving I saw several stag parties lurching through the airport about to be let loose on Prague so it was the right time to get back on the plane.


Jillian said...

Beautiful photo! My husband got caught in a torrential downpour while touring Quebec City. Unbeknownst to him, he'd left the camcorder on, inside its case. So I was able to listen to all the muffled sounds of my husband moving around the city in the rain!

Wendy directed me here.

Shephard said...

I loved the photos of Czech. We are thinking about a trip like this. Was nice to see beautiful photos!


Shephard said...

I had a question I forgot to ask....
Was it hard being in a country that isn't a latin-based language?
I wondered if that makes traveling there more difficult. The beauty would be worth it regardless.

Bob-kat said...

Funnily enough the language wasn't a problem as nearly everyone spoke good English! My few attempts to speak Czech often ended in mirth and/or confusion so I gave up trying to pronounce long strings of consonants in the end! Very ahrd to get your tongue around! I stuck with please, thank you, hello and goodbye in Czech though as I like to make an effort.

Carmi said...

This picture should be framed. It's utterly stunning!

Digging into your archives following a visit to Michele's. Hope that's OK!