We all packed up again, piled into the now familiar black bus, and hit the road for Prague. I was surprised to find that, once we got out of Vienna, we were largely traveling on secondary roads – well paved and all that, but not freeways. This gave us a better look at the countryside, and the countryside between Vienna and Prague is gorgeous. It’s some of the most beautiful, immaculately maintained farmland you could imagine, and almost all rural. The photo below is just across the Czech border. (As always now, clicking on a photo will take you to the full Smugmug gallery.)
Czechia (the new name for the Czech Republic) had more woodsy areas interspersed with the farms. But I kept wondering about the road, until someone reminded me that, until the Soviet Union fell, Czechoslovakia (as it was then) was behind the old Iron Curtain, so you can drive from Vienna to Bratislava on a highway (Slovakia was not Soviet), but to Prague, you take back roads because nobody’s built the highway.