|Me on a walk back down from the castle in Prague|
I have been to the Czech Republic twice - on both occasions I have entered the country via train - the first was a long trip from Amsterdam via Berlin through the german countryside into CZ - it was amazing to see the landscape change, roll past small villages and post-soviet towns. The second time I had come up from Croatia through Hungary and Slovakia - another amazing and inspiring trip and I couldn't imagine any other way of seeing the country.
|Coming into the Czech Republic via Germany - amazing scenery|
The first time I was travelling with some Czech friends who I had met while working in Amsterdam and where returning home - it was great to have an insider look to the city and I spent a few weeks there, picking up some basic words, enjoying riding the fairly new metro as well as the trams all over the city.
Its one of those kind of places I love because it's not perfect - I saw the good and bad side of the city and enjoyed window shopping in the tourist parts, bars in the old town, learning about history in the Jewish Quarter, enjoying picnics in the parks on the outskirts.
I found the language so interesting and loved the stark contrast between some of the dilapidated ex-soviet buildings to the colourful and youthful nightlife. It was great being somewhere in Europe that was fairly cheap (although this is changing) and it was great to have locals as friends as it meant I could avoid the crowds of stag and hen do's and really get a feel for the place.
|Having my first real Budweiser in a local eatery in Prague|
It's a part of the world I find fascinating, I love the culture and really want to travel more around that area, hopefully very soon. After I left Prague the first time was on a local bus to Bratislava in Slovakia - another city I fell in love with and will share with you very soon.
I have linked this post up with Travel Tuesday on Bonnie Rose Blog