Czech..mate

Well one full day in the Czech Republic and it has exceeded my expectations.

As we came in to land in Prague the flight path was over the city.

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I decided to spend my first full day doing the touristy stuff and caught a train from Cekalovice into Prague…fortunately Saskia and Mirek helped me out with this note and some kronar…

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Worked a treat and I scored a return train ticket into central Prague.  Once there, I was blown away by the incredible architecture. The camera was going click, click, click and I will just show a few here. 84DC4FCB-6974-47EF-98CD-5616FCBFDDF4

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This style is very representive of the overall architecture.  Of course there are really old buildings too.D23AF76C-769B-4D60-9B11-B60C52C66F75

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There are museums galore, art, history, communism, Jewish…and then this….

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I walked down to the Jewish sector, which has an amazing history, if not somewhat shocking.

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There are over 100 000 Jews buried in layers in this small cemetery, adjacent to the old synagogue.

I crossed the river to head to Prague Castle.

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Looking towards Charles bridge

I climbed the old stairs to the castle finding yummy refreshments on the way.

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At the top there was solid security with metal detectors to enter the castle precinct.  An amazing complex, hard to get a decent photo as the buildings are large and I could not get the distance away.

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The interior of the cathedral was beautiful.

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I wandered over to the oldest vineyard in Czech Republic

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Had lunch at a restaurant just outside the castle precinct offering nice views over the next hill and park.

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In one of the castle squares it looked like a scene from MASH.

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Watched this chap reverse recycling.

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Noted well armed military…

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I walked through the park with the observation tower then back down the steep hill.

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I walked to the John Lennon wall complete with an incredibly good Lennon busker.

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Crossing the Charles bridge provided great views of the city and river.

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Wandered up to Wenceslaus Square, where the Russians made their big entrance into the city many years before.

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My quick walking tour came to an end after 22 km, as I needed I get back and get ready to ride! Tomas arrived and the three of us set off on predominantly country roads ending up in a lovely spa town Podebrady for a quick snack.

The water is naturally carbonated, and Tomas warned me  not to drink too much as it can go ‘right through you’.

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This is the spa water that you  can drink from

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Heading back home after a great 63 km Czech prelude.

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Tomorrow we head off to check out  large Czech castle, and then ride back.  Czech Republic has the highest density of castles of any country in the world.

i look forward to it…I am feeling somewhat tired still from jet lag, but too much to see and do!

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