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Prague – The assault of the Tour Groups

By William Bakker | 04.22.07 | Comment?

Remember when people said “Go to Prague before it get’s too commercial and run over by tourists”? Well, change that to “Don’t go to Prague, it’s run over by tourists”. Prague is big and beautiful, but not big enough for the volume of tourists that go through the “top sights”. It’s only April, I can’t imagine what happends when it’s summer.

We’re still having fun, it’s just a bit tough sometimes go move through hundreds of people following flags, raised books, antenna’s with stuffed animals, cloaths, ribbons, fake flowers and more. The tour guides are miked up and have a little speaker hanging on their stomach. It’s a zoo of different languages, all screaming through each other. Every store is converted into a souvenir shop with tacky tourist souvenirs.

We’re starting to make fun of the whole situation. And we’re using our “Venice Strategy”. Visit a main sight we want to see and venture off into the little streets to get some space and authenticity. So we ended up in a beer hall where everybody was smoking (guarentees us that no North American tourist will visit there) and there was a whole procedure about how to order beer, all done through the placemant of beer coasters (that eliminated all other tourists). And the price of a beer was 10 percent of what it costs on “old town square”.

Prague is beautiful, but if you’re planning a visit to Eastern Europe, also consider some of the other destinations a little less touristy so you can get a feel for the local culture.

And pictures will follow, I forgot my adaptor.

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