Czech- Points

Trip Start May 12, 2006
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Trip End Jun 04, 2006


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Friday, May 19, 2006

Our biggest adventures so far were the day we left Prague.  First, there was getting the car out of the hotel courtyard parking area via the very narrow archway entrance. Our rental is an Opel Vectra wagon, which is a lot longer, and probably a bit wider than most European cars. It seemed to be no problem getting IN to the courtyard, but the angles getting out proved almost impossible. I had to have Byron and one other Czech fellow direct me, doing about a 49 point turn to gradually maneouver the darn thing out.    At one point, Byron told me afterwards, the clearance was less than half an inch on either side - thankfully, the rearview mirrors could be folded in to give us that extra few inches.   Somehow, we managed to get it out without a scratch. Whew!

The next adventure happened that same day as we were trying to find the town of Kutna Hora.  We thought that taking the secondary, small "highway" would be more scenic than the freeway.  It was indeed a lovely drive, but it turned out that the road was completely closed down once we got within about 10 kms from our destination with no prior warning.  There was no suggested detour - just a giant hole in the ground, a bunch of machinery, and some Czech construction workers who couldnīt figure out what we were asking.  To make things more challenging, the highway numbers usually did not seem to correspond to those on our map (a few years old ) or our GPS system (mainly covers Germany).  So, we had to go quite a ways back and take a few wrong turns before we finally found an alternate route.  Maybe if we had learned to read more Czech than hello, goodbye, and thank-you, we could have found an easier way. 

Once in Kutna Hora, we checked out the bizarre attractions whose guidebook descriptions lured us here, including an alchemy museum staffed by an eccentric mad-scientist-type curator, and an ossuary decorated with thousands of human bones. Check out the photos!   
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