Prague and in to Krakow
I spent two nights in Prague - a beautiful city, but nothing looks as impressive in drizzle and overcast skies. Thanks go to Daniela for showing me some of the nightlife - its a fun city. I'm sure she would do the same for free drinks in future...and they are very cheap there ! Much cheaper and more fun than a guide. It might be better if you're not English as the only guy who ever dumped her was..... I don't think she liked him much anyway, but apparently no one is allowed to dump someone that beautiful.... she decides when ! So I'm safe there then... The next morning I finally found my way out of Prague and to Kutna Hora - not easy, as when they work on a road here they tend to just close it and leave you to find your own way there... Kutna Hora is famous for the church which is piled high with human bones. They used them for decoration, chandeliers, the works..... macabre, but worth a look.
By now I had decided to go to Krakow and Czech roads being what they are, I used the motorway via Brno to get to Poland - probably the right choice, as even some of their motorways are fairly poor.
As I entered Poland the sun was shining for the first time - but it didn't last long. The roads continued to deteriorate - one pothole caused my mirror to drop off in its 'accident breakaway' mode but no harm was done. A few more bikes started to appear - all local - and I had a CBR6/R6 escort towards the city centre. They weren't making much on me away from the lights but I couldn't match the wheelies and I conceded defeat when they got on to full on slalom races in traffic.
Krakow looks beautiful as you approach at night - castle in lights, impressive city square. I got in to a hotel just before it started pouring with rain again. Meal in a good restaurant on one of the best city squares in Europe - under 2 GBP. With 2 pints of beer, total bill 3.50.... impressive. I will stay here two nights and then head to Budapest through the Tatra mountains / Slovakia.
Posted by Kevin Payne at August 11, 2005 10:07 AM GMT