Brno

23 04 2009
Cathedral in Brno

Cathedral in Brno

We got to Brno late in the day from our late bus from Telč.  We had a hard time finding a place to stay that night and ended up in a $100 hotel. Yikes, that is way above our budget.  Fortunately we found a cheaper place the next day.  Brno is a fairly large city  in Moravia, the eastern part of the Czech Republic, with many old buildings.  Unlike Prague, the older buildings are mixed in with some newer and more modern buildings, but they all fit together well visually. They also have a similar system for the public transit as in Prague, with above-ground trams providing easy access for travelers on foot, like us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Telč

23 04 2009
Telč town square

Telč town square

We returned to the town of České Budějovice to catch a bus further east to the historic town of Telč.  České Budějovice is famous as the town with the original Budvar brewery, and then they eventually got into a legal battle with the American brand of Budweiser over the name that ended in some kind of legal settlement.  Unfortunately, the beer tastes similar to the American Budweiser. Read the rest of this entry »





Český Krumlov

22 04 2009
Ceskz Krumlov

Český Krumlov

Next on our tour of the Czech Republic was the UNESCO town of Český Krumlov.  Although we had wanted to camp, the campground was closed (we know this because we walked the 3 km to stay there with our fully loaded packs, only to arrive at the deserted and boarded-up campground ) and we dragged ourselves back into the upscale village to find a place to stay.  Lodging here can be expensive, but we stayed at a real nice hobbit-like hostel, that was cozy, comfortable and full of nice, polite people (a nice change from many of the smoke filled places we have otherwise been to). Read the rest of this entry »





Karštejn castle

19 04 2009
Karštejn Castle

Karštejn Castle

We took a short day trip from Prague out to Karštejn Castle, near the town of Beroun.    The castle is on a forested hillside near a small village.  We took the train to a nearby station and then walked through the countryside, across a river, and up to the castle.  We took a tour and learned a fair amount about the Bohemian king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who was the most important resident of the castle.   It was built in three phases, which reflect Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles from the different time periods when the various phases were completed.  Read the rest of this entry »





Prague city planning

16 04 2009
Awesome multi-modal transit

Awesome multi-modal transit

In addition to beautiful architecture, Prague also has a great integrated public transportation system.  Users can purchase tickets for the amount of time they plan to use the system in increments of 30 minutes, 75 minutes, one day or long-term passes for residents.   This provides access to the underground subway and the above-ground trams.  There are no turnstiles, instead, users are expected to get their passes stamped upon entry to the subway or onto the bus after purchasing tickets at conveniently located vending machines.  This increases the efficiency of the system and eliminates lines at turnstile bottlenecks and ensures that tram drivers do not need to check tickets.   Plus, the ticket prices are very reasonable. Read the rest of this entry »





Prague Spring

15 04 2009
Springtime in Prague

Springtime in Prague

Prague is a real architectural and historic treat, and the spring here is nice.  Now that we are back up in the northern hemisphere for spring, we see tulips blooming and the trees are putting on fresh leaves all over the city.  Prague Castle is prominently located up on a slighlty tall hill, looking down on the city and the river. Charles Bridge leads to the castle and connects with the main old town square, which has the famous astronomical clock.  All throughout the city there are awesome buildings with great detail work  and architectural styles. Read the rest of this entry »





Off to Prague

13 04 2009

We ate our last steak dinner, walked around Buenos Aires, had some ice cream, and now we’re moving on to Prague… Read the rest of this entry »