Sighişoara

2 05 2009
Orthodox church

Orthodox church

We took another day trip from our comfortable base in Braşov up north to the town of Sighişoara.  It was a three hour train ride through more of the rolling hills of the Romanian countryside.  We often saw horse-drawn wagons, old-fashioned domed mounds of grass (kept in fields or near barns) and many small farms as we passed by in the train. Sighişoara is another historical Saxon village similar to Braşov in that the original medieval core of the city is surrounded by walls and bastion towers associated with the various trade guilds, but this village is perched up on a hillside with great views of the surrounding river valley and forested hillsides.   Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





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 »