Travel Memories: Praha, Czech Republic
I recently took a long train trip…a good 6 hours one way. It brought back memories of Summer 2008 when I was studying in Kraków, Poland. On our weekend off (4th of July) I headed to Praha (Prague) in the Czech Republic to visit my friend who was also studying. I had a great time in Praha (though some of the people are downright shady, unpleasant & standoffish to folks with melanin) + the train ride there was memorable…travelling through Europe by train was something I’d only ever read about and savoured in the pockets of my imagination. Actually doing it was really fun…if you have the opportunity to travel through Europe and explore I highly recommend it!!
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Dworzec Glowny - the train station in Kraków. Ready to begin my 8 hour journey to Prague.
Praha here I come! With stops in the south of Poland and a few towns in the Czech Republic.
All aboard! It looks kinda communist...reminds me of a Lada for some reason: well-used, made strong, and just plain practical. But it was a clean and really cool ride to Praha.
Had to try the dining car...couldn't find a pic of what I ate but I think it was breakfast food: eggs, juice, toast. Tasty. And I had a lovely view of a hottie also travelling by train :)
OK for 8 hours it wasn't the most comfortable trip but nothing gets in the way of me sleeping! Plus it was raining, and I was able to curl which called for reading and sleep. So read & sleep I did.
Praha - It is a beautiful city. My first glimpse as the train rolled into the city.
The Polish countryside is lush and beautiful...but once we crossed into Czech it was noticeable. There's something fresher about the Poland that I saw...CZ is just so Eastern Europe and tired/weary looking.
The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj is a medieval astronomical clock in Praha's Old Town Square. It dates back to 1410.
One of Praha's many churches. Gothic architecture is all over the place. This church was massive and undergoing renovations; was impossible to capture it all in one shot...
...massive but so beautiful. They're strictly tourist attractions and reminders of the past, though, not places of worship.
Praha. Beautiful Praha - we climbed up to see the city from the hill. It really is quite beautiful. SO amazing to see a place I'd only seen flash by on a movie screen.
Walking around the city - and walk I did. This is Charles Sqaure or bridge. An undoubtedly magnificent city. if only the people were as magnificent! (Long story.)
Crossing the bridge...it was so crowded. CZ has no problem with attracting tourists.
Listen I was a travelling student...McDonald's is everywhere & it cheap + quick! And it was hard to communicate 'no onions.' Funny, with all the walking I did that summer, gained no weight; I lost some though + got toned.
Partying in Praha at Radost. The absinthe made me do it...and yes, I was feeling the DANCEHALL being played. Ja is worldwide, make no mistake.
Weekend done! Time to head back to Krakow...I travelled back overnight so got a sleeping bunk. It was really comfortable and it was great to sleep to the rhythm of the train. Couldn't help but think about "Murder on the Orient Express" though :)
This sign for the emergency exit cracks me up *shakes head* run, not walk for yo life!!
The End. Goodnight.