Czech trip starts today
After 15 years and a long flight from Phoenix, I have returned to the Czech Republic for a two-week long road trip through Bohemia and the wine country of Moravia. The Czech Republic is one of my favorite countries in Europe, so I’m excited to explore some new areas, and, to see what (if anything) has changed since I was here last.
My girlfriend Terri was able to come with me on this trip, the first portion of which is a group press trip with some other journalists from around Europe. We arrived in the late afternoon and made our way to the Prague Castle, where we checked into the Lindner Hotel…our home for the next two nights. Set within the historic grounds of the Strahov Monastery, the Lindner is centrally located and within walking distance to many of the area’s famous sites. I was pleasantly surprised at just how quite the area is given its proximity within the Castle grounds. As a matter of fact, the hotel is flanked by Petřín Hill/Gardens (Petřínské sady), which is one of the largest urban green areas in the city and provides a buffer from nearby city activity. Given the grounds are within a former monastery, perhaps I should not have been so surprised by the serenity.
After getting settled, Terri and I took a walk to look for a casual place to dine. After our extensive day of travel, all we wanted to do was get something quick and get to bed. While we found a charming area near the hotel, the few restaurants present were either not appealing, or were closed for a private party. We veered in another direction and discovered a fantastic venue that fit the bill perfectly… Peklo Restaurant. This unique restaurant in the remarkable setting of a 12th-century grotto (sort of a cave or wine cellar) won us over with their delicious food, exceptional service and an environment that was so unique and romantic, that it was the perfect way to kick off our Czech adventures.
Stay tuned for my daily road diary updates, as well as more refined articles, photos and videos upon my return. I can’t wait to share our experience of this exceptional country with you all.