Prague Travel Blog› entry 33 of 65 › view all entries
Eeeek!!! No other country on our bus trip so far has had border control, so it was an experience getting into the Czech Republic! We were told to take our sunnies and hats off, and look as respectable as we could, as the guards were coming on board our bus. They took all 36 of our passports (but not EU ones) and dissappeared - apparently this is normal and can take up to 3 hours for the documents to be returned. Not where I come from!!!! We were lucky and were on the road again after about 30 minutes.
We stopped at a Czech concentration (not extermination) camp before arriving in Prague which was very sobering.
Next day, we caught the Metro (underground train) into the city, which was a little tricky as all the station names were in Czech (of course) and no ticket sellers could speak English. But we managed of course, apart from the grumpy old Czech man who kicked Steph because he wanted her seat. Not the train ettiquette I'm used to in Melbourne!!!!
We did an organised walking tour of the city, and took in the 'Old Town', the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. The group stopped for a traditional Czech lunch - I had beef goulash with dumpling and was very happy with my choice. The dumplings were basically like Damper which was cool.
The shops here specialize in marrionettes and Bohemian crystal, but we both refrained... however I did do some more clothes shopping. I just cant help myself!!!!