Golem town.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Well as always, crossing a border is like arriving into another planet. This one being a seedier, more decrepit one. For starters we decided to stop in just after the border at a really dodgy Philippino run shanty market. We wandered around for a bit but got a little annoyed by being heckled by the shop owners as we were practically the only customers there. We could have bought knives, crossbows, knuckle dusters or air rifels, but we were a little more worried that Bigwig might be getting looted. So we bailed quickly.
We decided to see a maccas to see how they did it in E-Europe. But apart from the slackers drinking beer in the parking lot and the frighteningly ugly E-Europeans; Maccas wasn't that bad, but still no wifi.

Our first town to visit was Marianske Lazne, a town famous for its hot springs & baths. It looked like it had its hey day in the 1920s, as there were so many gorgeous splendid buildings, now in total disrepair. Massive ornate hotels one after the other, but every second one was almost a ruin. But really nice.
The whole country, in complete polar opposite to Germany; looked like it was in economic skids. With whole towns looking almost like refugee towns. When just over the border, Germans lived very comfortably. On the other hand, we suddenly weren’t the only old car on the road. Some of the trucks here look like they could be 30 years old!

We spent the night at a service station and then headed off again in the morning to get into Prague, which we read in our book is ill-advised to visit in July and August due to the crowds.
We didn’t feel however that it was crowed, compared to anything in Switzerland or Bavaria, this place was like butter. We even secured a fantastic parking spot for the day right outside the Prague castle gates! Then we began our quest into the famous haunted city of Praha.

The whole city is in fact a UNESCO protected site, and it is host to the largest un-tampered with (ala nazi’ed) architectural skyline. So there were some awesomely old and beautiful buildings, the like we have never seen anywhere in Europe.

We had a good look into the enormous gothic church in the castle which had a Mucha designed stained-glass window. Out across the river they have an old stone bridge that is lined with beautiful statues and monuments. So very stunning,
Principally, it was always on the cards to go and visit Prague to see the Alfonz Mucha museum because this was his home city. So we sussed out where to find it, and despite the fact that we got hopelessly lost in old town, we eventually got there and it was incredible. Considered the founder of Art Nouveau, and the best poster designer and graphic designer of his time. It was absolutely inspirational.

Although, we didn’t get harassed by ghosts, Prague is also know for lots of other creepy legends. Even the legend of the golem in the Jewish ghetto. Golems are rad, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Despite the fact that most all Eastern European people are ugly, the ones which are especially hideous will now be know as golems.
Jena says Joel is shallow, but he knows better.

Coming out of Prague was much more difficult than coming in, the fact that Mad Mary (our GPS) only has Western European maps; had Jena nose deep into a paper map! Just like old times in Ireland (although in Ireland, Mad Mary did work, we just didn’t know it). It took us ages to get out and Jena’s stitch headaches and Joel’s susceptibility to freaking out on the road, was not good. But above all a great day.
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