Prague Journals

A round trip in Eastern Europe

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A July 2012 trip to Prague by marif

The Olza River - Cieszyn Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Krakow is my second home and I often use it as a convenient base to reach other cities in Eastern Europe. Without any planned itinerary whatsoever, destiny took me from Krakow to Prague and back, experiencing on the way a good mix of traditional culture, outdoor activities and sightseeing.

An open letter to my beloved city

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The Malostranska side of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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With reluctance, I left Olomouc behind on a train trip to Prague. Two hours later, I was experiencing through the train’s window the panoramic hillside groves that enwrap the city, Prague being an urban settlement nestled deep down within a lush valley. In a matter of minutes, the train moved into Prague’s main train station located within walking distance of Vaclavske Namesti, the city’s popular boulevard and its humble answer to the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. Prague’s train station known as Hlavni Nadrazi is a gigantic place spread over two floors, each crammed with information points, ticket-sales offices, restaurants and fast-food outlets. Overcrowded with passengers and traveller...Read More

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Hotel | "In the shade of the Cathedral"

Pension U Domu Photo, Olomouc, Czech Republic
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The tram from the bus station on Ul Kosmonautu to the Old Town quarter plied along an extensive section of the ring road before it reached the Namesti Narodnich Hrdinu stop just outside the west edge of the city centre. From here, I walked east on Ul 8 Kvetna and its arrangement of side streets in an attempt to locate a hotel of my choice. I hit upon no less than four places of accommodation: a huge apartment block with rooms to let known as ‘Marie Apartments’, a small charming guesthouse called ‘Poet’s Corner’, a big characterless hostel appropriately known as ‘Hostel Olomouc’ and a four-star gem called ‘Holy Trinity Hotel’ housed within a huge historic mansion on an atmospheric spot in the Old Town....Read More

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Renaissance buildings on Horni Namesti - Olomouc Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Without any planned itinerary, I went to Ostrava’s bus station early to enquire about buses that travel west to any interesting destination in the Czech Republic, in a bid to get closer to Prague. Ostrava’s bus station on Ul Vitkovicka is a huge affair equipped with all necessary facilities that include information points and electronic departure boards. When I arrived, the station was almost deserted except for a handful of people queuing behind a ticket-dispensing machine. I approached the information office with an air of indecision and hesitation, not knowing if the officer in attendance could converse in English."I am on a trip in your country. Which big city west of here offers enough sigh...Read More
The Michal Coal Mine museum - Ostrava Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Cesky Tesin’s bus station on the extreme edge of Ul Hlavni, a ten-minute walk away from the Polish - Czech border has neither an information point nor a ticket office. Bus timetables to a good number of destinations in the Czech Republic are however conveniently posted on display boards near the bus stands. Additional signage makes the timetable difficult to decipher considering that the decoding footnotes are written in Czech only. A footnote sign one finds on almost all timetables consists of two crossed hammers, an indication that the bus operates on working days only. Checking the departure time carefully, having the ability to interpret the additional footnotes and arriving at the station early a...Read More

A city that deserves better exposure

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The Olza River - Cieszyn Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Out on the street in front of the arrival terminal at Krakow Balice Airport, I spotted the Balice / Lotnisko shuttle bus parked on the bus stand ready to take passengers to the train stop a short distance away. Less than five minutes later, I was already on the train on my way to the city centre. Krakow’s main railway station, the airport train’s final destination is conveniently connected via underground corridors to the city’s main bus station. Having been here dozens of times, I could easily make my way from one to the other without getting lost in the intriguing passageways. But beware… one can easily get lost the first time one is here, probably heading mistakenly to the interlinked Galeria Krako...Read More