Since my surgery, I’ve pretty much been grounded: limited walking, no running, no flights. However, there were a few trips that I went on beforehand that I haven’t written about yet, so enjoy 🙂
N and I went on a long trip in August while he had some time off, and we did it in an N kind of fashion. I usually like to do a little research before I go anywhere, and I almost always book my lodging ahead of time because as a woman traveling in a foreign place, I at least want to know where I will be sleeping. N is way more chill and enjoys having the flexibility of staying longer in a place that he likes. I tried his method of traveling this time, and it was pretty cool. We did see a lot of places I knew nothing about, however, it does require decent internet access to look things up or book lodging on the fly (as we had difficulty with while driving through the land without cell towers, otherwise known as Slovakia).
Day 1 & 2 – Prague
We got to our Praha 8 AirBnb late in the afternoon, visited the very educational Museum of Communism, took a nice stroll through the Old Town Square, and had a nice hearty dinner. Prague is a gorgeous and lively city, separated into districts with the beautiful old town in Praha 1. It’s very busy, filled with tourists and families during the day and party goers at night. Our AirBnb was in a much quieter, more residential district that had several hipster restaurants and cafes. We went to Můj šálek kávy for breakfast both mornings we were there. Don’t ask me to pronounce it; I spent nearly the whole trip trying to get “thank you” (Děkuji) down… During the day, we walked across the Charles Bridge (Karlův most), up to the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad), and then to the modern art Museum Kampa.
Day 3 – Bohemian Switzerland
We rented a car from Prague in the morning and drove 2 hours north to the České Švýcarsko National Park in Bohemian Switzerland for a short hike. The forest is full of boulders, like Fontainebleau in France or Mullerthal in Luxembourg, and the occasional large rock formation jutting out above the trees. There’s an iconic formation, Pravčická brána, the largest sandstone arch in Europe. We hiked to the touristy spot, but holy crap the spot smells like sewage due to the inn located there, and the guy running the ticket booth was so rude and the least helpful person ever. My recommendation is to view the arch from the hiking trail and don’t bother going up to it.