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Week in Prague – Part I

Czech Republic

After crossing the border from Germany into the Czech Republic I was surprised to see huge billboard ads on the side of the road. It reminded me of the States. In France, Germany and Switzerland I have never seen these type of billboards on the sides of the highways.

Czech Republic

Not only were there ads on the sides of the highway but above bridges crossing the highway. The Czech Republic has swung dramatically from communism into capitalism. The Czech are working hard to rebuild and clean up their country after the fall of the communism. They are doing a wonderful job considering the amount of work that has been done and needs to be completed still.

We arrived on Saturday in the village of my husband’s family located just outside of Prague around dinner time. We ate knedliky (Czech dumplings) with sauerkraut and roast pork at Vilay’s grandmother’s house. It was delicious. I will have to try to make it at home because it is a childhood favorite of my husband.

We met some of the family there that night and continued to meet more family the rest of the week. We ate a wonderful dinner at a different home each night we stayed in Prague. My husband’s cousin and his wife kindly allowed us to stay at their beautiful home for the entire week. We couldn’t have had more charming or kind hosts.

Sunday, we visited Prague for the day. We had a pass for the metro and bus system in Prague that was good for the time that we were there. My husband’s aunt bought it for us. The Czech family is generous beyond words. I was touched by all their generosity and by how close they are as a family. It was disappointing for me because I could not understand all their humorous stories and wit. I felt like I missed out on much fun because of not being able to understand the Czech language.

Below are my first views of Prague which is a beautiful city rich in history.

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As I stepped out of the metro I turned to see the National Museum which is the largest museum in the Czech Republic and is located in Wenceslas Square.

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Statue of Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, in Wenceslas Square which is named after him.

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Wenceslas Square.

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Wenceslas Square.

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Wenceslas Square.

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A street market off of Wenceslas Square in Prague.

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No matter which direction you look there is always something to see in Prague.

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Vilay was interested by the Sex Machines Museum which is said to be the first museum in the world devoted to “mechanical erotic appliances”. However, we could not be sexually enlightened due to the three small children we had at our feet. :)

Stay tuned for Part II…

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  • expatraveler August 6, 2008, 5:43 am

    I haven’t been back since 2002 and I think I’d enjoy visiting again so much. It’s a beautiful city but I know the prices have risen a lot since 2002. Thanks for bringing back those memories again!

  • sissi August 6, 2008, 3:23 pm

    May I say…disappointing?

    I was expecting something else, I don’t know, so far it looks like any european city, yes it is beautiful, I am just wondering why this city is so A.listed?

    Alsace 1- Prague 0

  • Pumpkin August 6, 2008, 9:23 pm

    I think it is the buildings and statues that cover the city. The historical city center is very well preserved.

    I do think Prague is beautiful but I think it is fair to say that it is NOT Paris which I have read it being compared to.

    We have traveled so much and seen so many cities that at first I was a little disappoited in Prague because I had a built up image in my head of what I thought it would be. However, after a few more days walking around Prague I got to discover and know Prague better and the charm of the city began to reveal itself.

    It is very crowded and I think that was what hide some of that charm in the first few days. ;)

    I would love to visit Prague at Christmas one year. I think it must be completely magical at that time of the year. However, Prague is EXPENSIVE. It is not the cheap get away that it was in the past. The prices are comparable to Switzerland which surprised me.

  • Pumpkin August 7, 2008, 12:12 pm

    Expatraveler,
    Your comment got stuck in my spam catcher…glad I found it!

    Prague is beautiful and I am sure we will go back again and again over the coming years. You are right that the prices have risen. Vilay was disappointed by that but I think that it is to be expected. You should see all the work they are doing and have done to the city and around it. The only problem is that the Czech make 60 percent of what Western Europeans make on average (my husband’s Czech cousin told us this)…so, I think it must be very hard for the average Czech especially if they are just starting out and the elderly.

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