22.08.2011 - 26.08.2011
After sneaking over the border into the Czech Republic, our first stop was Loket, a little fortress town with a river for a moat. After deciding that the river looked far too tame for white water rafting we spent a lazy afternoon/evening chilling out in a small camp by the river.
The main square at Loket
After an early morning stroll through Loket (too early, apparently – even the cafes weren't open at 10am) we headed to Prague and a campsite on an island in the middle of the Vltava River that was recommended to us by some Dutch travellers we had met in France. We were lucky to have found it because it was incredibly cheap (for a camp in a major European city) and even had its own ferry service into Old Town!
Looking up towards Old Town from the ferry
The Charles Bridge with the castle in the background
We had heard that Prague was ridiculously overcrowded with tourists so decided to try Lonely Planet's suggestion of forgetting the crowds by chilling out at the local bars sampling the fantastic pilsner and dumplings. Being far too hot for sightseeing, we made a beeline to the nearest shopping mall purely for comfort's sake (haven't done that since Dubai...) and then to a movie theatre where we found the last installment of Harry Potter in English...
Saint Wenceslas Square
The Powder Tower in the centre of Old Town
By the time we got out of the movie there was no more public transport to the island so we decided to catch our first taxi since Albania, with mixed results – after being driven through an abandoned ship yard, and Rob trying to tell the driver (who did not want to admit that he was lost) where to go, we eventually got back to the camp to have the always pleasant “discussion” as to the fare...
The view from our campsite...
The next day we checked (no pun intended) off the major Prague sites as we walked across the Charles Bridge to the spectacular Prasky Hrad (castle) before catching the metro train to Saint Wenceslas Square and walking back to the ferry.
Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge
The rooftops of Prague (the view from the castle)
The Cathedral in the castle had some pretty amazing stained glass windows
Pretty funky for a metro station...
The statue of Saint Wenceslas in front of the National Museum
Prague is a beautiful city and after three amazing nights we reluctantly headed for the Polish border. Our last night in the Czech Republic was spent at a forest campsite near a lake just north of Trutnov... Obviously a very popular spot with Czech holiday-makers, probably due to the aqua-zorbing on the lake!