Sunday, May 25, 2014

Central Europe 7th part: Solo Day-tour in Czech Republic

23-days Autumn Experience on my 1st Schengen Visa Escapade
October 25, 2013 

"I think it takes people to get to know you and the recognition comes over time." - Steffi Graf 

My 24th country to visit, 25th solo backpacking trip, 5th visa application for tourism on entire single page, and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure.

The Czech Republic or Czechia is a small landlocked country in Central Europe, situated south-east of Germany and bordering Austria to the south, Poland to the north and Slovakia to the south-east. After the First World War, the closely related Czechs and Slovaks of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire merged together to form the new nation of Czechoslovakia. On 1 January 1993, the country underwent a "velvet divorce" into its two national components, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

National Museum and St. Wenceslas Statue

Prague Main Train Station

Prague city trams

This another race against time, very short backpacking researched in somehow detailed manner has a compressed itinerary designed as follows: 

October 25 Friday:
Basic Words to Remember;
hello - Dobrý den;   thank you - Děkuji;   I love you - miluji tě;   goodbye - Na shledanou!
yes/no - ano/ne;   sorry - Promiňte;   please - prosím;   excuse me - S dovolením!
toilet - zachod;   train station - vlakové nádraží;   airport - letiště

timezone - +0100H UTC;   capital - Prague;   language - Czech
currency - Koruna (Crown) 1CZK = 2.3 PHP = 0.05 USD = 0.04 EUR

visa - Filipino's need to apply 1st before travel
how to apply tourist visa in Czech Republic ? (Schengen visa applied in France Embassy)

Vysehrad cemetery

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castle changing of palace guards

Interesting Facts about Czech Republic: 
1. Czech people are the world's heaviest consumers of beer.
2. According to the 2001 census, 59% of the Czechs are Agnostic, Atheist, or non-believer, 26.8% Roman Catholic and 2.5% Protestant. Only 19% said that they believed in God, meaning that about 11% of the self-declared Christians were only Christian in name (or by tradition).
3. The country is renowned for its numerous spa towns, especially along the border with Saxony (Germany)
4. The Czechs’ national passion is mushroom hunting. They are very serious about it and are quite competitive in finding these fungi.

Prague Train Station arrival at night (coming from Munich, Germany);
Overnight train travel from Munich to Prague was relaxing and interruption, a direct train though the departure time was as early as 0445H. Immigration security check was performed during on-cruise where Immigration Officers just checked my visa with no questions asked. No interruption means no delay on train departure/arrivals. I arrived exactly the same time as specified in e-ticket.

National Museum at night

Zizkov TV tower

Zizkov TV Tower

Anyways, I divided this wonderful journey into different set of posts to be more specific on its content;


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