When Cecelia first showed me her plans for our European trip, I was excited about the route. Neither she nor I have ever really spent time in Eastern Europe and I was happy to see that we would be traveling thru this part of the world during the first half of our trip. I’ve always had a keen interest with this part of the world and a desire to visit it. That’s mostly due to the continual geopolitical changes in the region starting at the begining of the 20th century. Just look at a map of the region in 1910, 1920, 1940, 1950, 1990 and 2000 and you’ll see what I mean. Counties have been shaped, re-shaped and re-shaped again with most of those changes, until recently, being determined by outside forces. Prague, and the Czech Republic particularly interested me due to there attempted break from Soviet control in the late 1960’s. I can still remember watching the nightly news hearing the chant “Dubcek, Dubcek, Dubcek” as Czechoslovakia attempted to gain some degree of independence from Moscow. Sadly, they were unsuccessful.I was also interested in learning how the country and the attitudes of the people had changed since the downfall of communism in 1989.
Well, I didn’t get to explore that first hand on this trip. You see, Cecelia endured visiting 30 major league baseball parks in 56 days with me last Spring on my MLB Tour. It was payback in Prague. I believe I toured to 56 churches in 30 hours while in Prague. Oh well, there are always books. Plus, I can now genuflect and make the sign of the cross with the best of them.
On a more serious note, Prague is an absolutely gorgeous city with a lot of history. It fortunately was not heavily damaged during WWII so many of the buildings go back to the 15th and 16th century. Public transportation was fantastic and it was extremely easy to explore various parts of the city.