Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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The first campsite we saw about 5 Km from Prague looked attractive enough on the river, close to transport and some shady trees, however the boom gate, security guard and German Shepherd Guard dog was a little disconcerting as we weren't sure if it was to keep the campers in or the undesirables out, but the note we got with our receipt said it all. "IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR OUR CLIENTS STAYING IN CAMPING KOTVA. Because in all countries of the European Union goes up the delinquency, we recommend - especially to all tourists staying OVERNIGHT in TENTS - to guard well all their belongings leaved inside. Thanks for Your comprehension."
The boys had heard that Czech Republic made the best beer in the world, so couldn't wait to try it and they weren't disappointed
We set up camp and went into Prague by tram for an orientation day. Once again we were not disappointed. The Square in the centre of town has some amazing buildings. Prague was not bombed during the Second World War so everything remains as it was originally built. It's all wonderful, a lovely old city. The statues are quite black and some of the buildings were scaffolded for cleanup of their fašades and I expect the statues will get the same treatment by and by.
We had an al fresco dinner by The Astronomical Clock, when and English couple warned us to check our bill. We did notice a Daiquiri on there which we hadn't ordered so asked the waiter to adjust the account. It's easy to take advantage of the tourists as they can't easily read the language, but we've learned to be careful. Our Guide Andy who took us for a 2 hour tour around Prague on Segway bikes (check the web) had an interesting experience with thieves when he first arrived in Prague. He had his bag over his shoulder waiting for a train and when he went to adjust the strap on his back, he only had the strap in his hand, the bag was cut off. It almost made him want to go back to the US, but he stuck it out and has lived and worked in Prague for 5 years now. He also pointed out a guy to Des saying "Look at that guy over there, he's just pinched that hand bag and is going though it".
Of course the positive things about Prague far outweigh the negative things and as in any big city you just have to be careful. One must also understand that Czechoslovakia has been under communist regime for many years and the Czechs are coming to terms with living in a free enterprise environment where honesty and trust is the foundation for good business.
The vehicles needed a good clean up from the event in the mud a couple of nights ago, so the boys got busy with soap and bucket. Unfortunately the trapdoor/ladder, which Des propped up with his home -made walking stick, fell down banging him on the forehead causing a laceration which bled and gave him a nasty bump. He was brave enough to finish washing the car, so I got out the ice blocks and Lou splashed some Dr. Johnny Walker onto it which soon helped him forget about the pain.