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.
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.
Statue of Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia, in Wenceslas Square which is named after him.
A street market off of Wenceslas Square in Prague.
No matter which direction you look there is always something to see in Prague.
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…