A change of currency

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
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Trip End Feb 28, 2007


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, October 23, 2006

MONDAY, 23rd October
 
I had the best breakfast. There was hot stuff and ham stuff, cheesy stuff and cold fruit stuff, cereals, coffee in large cups and lots of small bricks. The blasť breakfasters now take their reading material to breakfast. 24 hours in each others company, 7 days a week you don't have a lot more to talk about.
 
We found our way out of town very successfully...more so than when entering. We were headed north and just like in Salzburg our hotel was poised on the northern exit. We drove over the Danube and headed for the border. For the first time we had our passports checked. We were now in the Czech republic. We  stopped at the first petrol station we approached to find a toilet, have a hot drink and check our bearings. It was only then that we discovered that  we were no longer in Euro country. The Korun was the currency so I bought a map for 50czk with a 50 Euro note so that I could get some of that funny money. 100czk cost me 4 Euros. The second discovery of the morning was that food was cheap. Our coffees and cakes came to just over the equivalent of 2 Euros. As we were to discover later our meals were similarly cheap as were clothes and phones.  It was only petrol and hotels that were overpriced. We headed north towards Prague not really noticing much difference except that the homes were not as colourful as previously and the countryside was very flat with acres of cabbages and other agricultural land. But not an animal to be seen. This is vegetarian country for sure. No wonder the Czechs  are all slim and nurture some of the best athletes in the world.
 
We wiggled our way  across country at one point enjoying the rural outlook and the farming communities. We rejoined the highway south of the capital and roared into Prague along an excellent road...as good as any further south.
The Ibis hotel was easy to find. It was but a hundred metres off the main road into the centre and it had an underground car park into which we drove and parked once again in the Ibis reserved area. The room was identical to the Ibis in Vienna except for one chair...it was green instead of orange. It was equally as hot but this time we could open the window fully.
 
Leaving it open we went for a walk around the block to work up an appetite. It was a large block and on one of the busiest roads...the east west throughway but it was interesting though not in the city centre. The shop fronts were rather austere in the old Russian way as I recall from my journey there in the seventies. There were lots of eateries to choose from, many hotels and four sex shops with unoriginal names like Erotic City. Also, at least two casinos. So the Czechs have a choice. They can either gamble their wages away or throw it in the direction of a whore. Either way there is naught left for the family at home.
 
Having done a full circuit of these streets we settled on a well lit restaurant with brick walls, wooden tables and chairs and red tablecloths. It was well patronised and the menu looked interesting.
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