Touring Czechia during the first days after coming from the US to Europe.
Once I arrived, I balanced the jet lag and started a run of errands and sightseeing around the country. Here’s what I saw:
— Prague —
The Czech Republic's capital is full of famous landmarks. So, I went on a walk to visit some of them. I started near the castle, passing a complex of buildings from the 16th century.
Then I entered the castle.
I didn’t go inside, as there was an enormous line, and I didn’t want to wait – tourists from all over the planet everywhere. But one can’t be surprised when looking around.
From there, I walked down to the Vltava River, enjoying being a tourist myself.
I crossed the Vltava River by the Charles Bridge (construction ended in 1402).
After walking through historic streets...
...I got to the Astronomical Clock soon, one of the most iconic structures in Prague.
After the walk, I had to visit some offices and shops, and the best way to get around is by subway. It was exciting since public transportation back in the States is nearly non-existent.
It is convenient and fast.
If you think that driving on medieval streets would be better, it is not.
— Brno —
The country’s second-largest city. I stopped here just briefly.
— Pilsen —
I met two friends of mine, and we visited the New Theatre; there was an audiovisual installation “test pattern” by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda.
I haven’t been in Pilsen (the Czech one, not the one in KS), so I wanted to walk through its downtown. And it exceeded my expectations.
On their main square is the St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral – a Gothic temple established around 1200.
At 102 meters (335 feet), its tower is the highest church spire in the Czech Republic. And if you don’t mind a heap of stairs, it offers a great view from up there.
In the evening, I met another friend, a poet and an avid smokestacks climber. We had some beer, another commodity Pilsen is famous for. Happy times.
— Loucen —
A small town in the Central Bohemian Region with a baroque chateau, so I stopped by.
They have a nice park there.
— elsewhere —
— on the road —
To get around, I used mostly public transportation. And once again, I couldn't stop thinking how cool that is. During the years I stayed in the US, I did only one bus ride in Vegas and two rides on a ferry in NOLA. Since I arrived here, I used it too many times to remember.
But I had a few journeys by car too, and one section of the freeway reminded me of the Mid-West…