Pilot Guides Czech Rep and Southern Poland

Pilot Guides Czech Rep and Southern Poland

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[Music] [Applause] [Music] from the Czech Republic to southern Poland I'll be looking for traces of history folklore and my own personal roots but it's a new old-world here in
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the heart of Central Europe and I'm expecting a few surprises along the way [Music] the Czech Republic and the neighboring regions of southern Poland are located right in the center of the European context I start my journey in Prague the capital of the Czech Republic then wind
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through the Czech region of Bohemia before heading east by train over the Polish border to Czestochowa in southern Poland I visit the historic city of Krakow and nearby Auschwitz and end my journey in zakopane and the folkloric tatra mountains [Music] [Music] the obvious starting point for any traveler coming to Central Europe is
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Prague Prague was previously considered the most undiscovered of the great capital cities of Europe well apparently the secret is out since the fall of communism in 1989 frog has become one of Europe's hottest tourist destinations Prague is famous for its rich cultural history architecture and its cafe the
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public transportation network in Prague is one of the few sound communist era legacies and the tram is a great way to get around and crisscross the city you get a great view if you can figure out how to buy a ticket then you're halfway there I've been practicing this okay uhm pro scene your dune leasetech not passkey peddled that means one ticket to the castle please this is that castle symbol of power since the ninth century
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and the most famous landmark in Prague you see it on all the postcards the castles been home to many regimes from medieval oil tea through the the Habsburg send the Nazi occupation in the communists and since the 1989 revolution the government is still here but now it seems like it belongs to the people [Music] it might look as though this changing of the guard ceremony is as old as the
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castle but actually they only started doing this in 1989 [Music] when the iron curtain fell Ford's of students and starving artist types from the West descended on frog seeking artistic inspiration and cheap fear the globe sprang up as their unofficial headquarters and is still a great place for a stranger in town okay got my check survival kit Facebook absolutely
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necessary here Kafka's the castle and the english-language newspaper the Prague post hi so how many Americans are there in fact you know embassy says they're about 15,000 residents 15,000 residents yeah but I think at this time of year during the summer months it probably doubles about 30,000 yeah are there transient why just so many Americans come here I mean I know they say this is the Paris of the east and all that it means that they come here
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for inspiration right yeah there were a lot of new opportunities here after the Revolution that's a 1989 also it was very cheap was it great so are the brownies and cookies homemade they're fresh okay hello everybody I'm no late to read something for you somewhere in central bohemian two brothers who've been keeping the globe spinning all evening pull the squeaky grill gate close behind them later in the painters Street Music Box plum brandy is nursed or shot accompanied by mixed fruit juice or not musicians and playwrights bakers and
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actors tumble stumble out of Sandy Ida reverie with heads full of ideas for the day to come [Applause] [Music] st. John of something or others must touch it it was looking for it yeah people touch it I think I think well I think it's for good luck in 1347 tight-lipped father john of nepomuk was thrown from this bridge for not revealing the Queen's confessions legend has it if you touch st. john of
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nepomuk it brings you good luck a little skeptical though I think there's a better way to meet a living breathing check and that's beer [Music] checks drink more beer per person than any other European nation so naturally beer halls are a big part of the social life there are literally hundreds of these beer halls or even eetzi in Prague alone [Music]
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if you get away from the tourist bars you can get a pint of beer for as little as 25 cents and if you get hungry don't miss a taste of classic Czech pub finding a place to stay in Prague isn't easy especially in the summer and leftover communist style hostels are sometimes a bit scary this is Unitas Pensione with the past passport please well believe it or not this whole building used to be a convent and then
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in 1949 when the communist regime took over this became one of the secret police headquarters and political prisoners were interrogated here I find all this paper page just a bit disturbing clearly a cover-up [Music] a couple of chuck guys who invited me to go to a rave in northern Bohemia tourists hardly ever go to northern
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Bohemia and a rave in the Czech Republic definitely have to check this out the rave is taking place just outside to please say in the north after that I'll be stopping at the ancient spa town of Karlov Avari before heading down to the medieval town Cesky Krumlov [Music] so we're traveling in a Skoda which is
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the Czech car this rolls up the window the vomiter is broken but we can feel how fast or slow we need to go because we're in touch with the road here freaky man keep us company [Music] so do you guys really feel the end of communism under the community the only possibility to meet other
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people was at a celebration of Thursday of a Russian president and it was all and and if Cody no and Joseph if three people wanted to meet so police came really quickly [Music]
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okay that's what's that [Music] [Music] raise attract lots of young checks and
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Germans and a weekend rave only costs $4 [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music]
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what do people do with gnomes they just put it in the front lawn and it's like a guardian up there like the guardian of the garden but is it like a Czech things I've seen them all over you know when we're driving along those for insurance it's for tourists German German tourists [Music] yep some people come to the Czech Republic by mass garnets crystal
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[Music] [Music] thanks a lot take good care huh okay [Music] perfect balance to a check Tecna rave has got to be right here in Karlovy Vary otherwise known as carlsbad for the last 500 years nobility royalty and commoners
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like me have been coming to this spa town to take the waters whatever that is I'm about to find out [Music] two million visitors take the waters at karlova vari every year and some of its more famous guests have included Sigmund Freud Karl Marx and fatal okay anybody can sample the 12 natural springs for free each fountain is a different mineral content different temperature and it's taken quite seriously doctors prescribed different
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fountains for different ailments wonder what a doctor would prescribe for having too much of a good time it's to about this ringing in my ears [Music] I'm heading to South Bohemia now to cesky krumlov and a trip on the Vltava River [Music] [Music] first I need a place to stay it's a real authentic tower no elevators
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it's very pretty and make sense in a medieval Tower in a medieval town have those cesky krumlov is one of the most picturesque medieval towns in central europe and as a unesco world heritage site and for student you know force to do you think I think it's a good thing because not expensive like the campaign it costs us 100 100 crowns so that's five
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Canadian dollar so it's no they ask are you stupid oh it's less expensive to student ask you don't I really have to prove it or where do you say it George is not expensive lodgings on its fixer but you have to like goulash and dumplings a lot [Music] Chesky buddha veto is my next stop in lovely bohemia now i could take a bus which will take about a half hour or I could rent a canoe which will take five hours so obviously I'm gonna rent the canoe
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[Music] excuse me do you know about this boats for rent okay Oh watts laughs nice to meet you I'm Justine and tokens go just just for me yeah I'm going too no no chechi just king food dude do you want a bag yes yeah are
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we gonna get are we gonna go and though is it gonna go [Music] the canoe trip cost less than $8 [Music] [Music] the Vaught lava river flows north all the way to Prague
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[Music] I'm taking the train east across the border and into Poland my destination is Czestochowa the site of Poland's holiest Catholic shrine [Music] [Music]
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here in Poland in spite of being officially atheist for over 40 years of communist rule 90% of the population are devoted Catholics these people are renting pilgrimage to Poland's most important icon the Black Madonna for the past six centuries people have come from all over Poland to pay homage to the Black Madonna lives in an monastery called jasna gora year round and yet nagura is considered one of the world's most important places of pilgrimage and
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that's where we were headed the black madonna looms large in the national imagination as the miracle-working protector of the Polish people she has been slashed laid siege to and declared illegal by various invading enemies but she has prevailed as a symbol of Polish resistance and national identity [Music] have been traveling for over two weeks over 300 miles to get to jasna gora now
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that's devotion [Applause] young people like to travel young people like to meet new friends new people that's why I think young people young girls young boys like to come do they like to produce Polish people are very emotional and I think that other family
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relations in Poland are very very strong and she's our mother so we just go to her s to our mother and we tell her everything [Music] she is actually a relatively small painting of the Virgin Mary on a wooden panel hung in the same spot since 1384 [Music] her origins are mysterious
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but her healing powers are well attested to by the grateful offerings of the cure that blind her sacred Chapel if suddenly you are hit with the impulse to say make a donation perhaps Colin's holiest shrine provides the automatic cash
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machine amazing [Music] [Music] hundreds of thousands attend this pilgrimage every year and when the Pope makes a rare visit more than a million people turn up [Music]
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[Music] on to Krakow then West to the Auschwitz concentration camp Museum and South to zakopane in the Tucker Mountains [Music] huland is 3/4 the size of France and has a population of 38 million we're staying just in our local house with our our family this lady stopped us on the street and asked us we were looking for accommodation and variant
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and looked and I saw the house and so that's good it's not it's not our youth Fox though it's not with lots of other travelers that's the local people and we're getting to see her look what house yeah it's really central and the whole house sheets of the tram goes by but it's good [Music] Krakoff is poland's ancient royal capital and today it's home to many of
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the nation's writers and artists until the end of world war ii Krakoff is one of the great jewish centers of europe and it was the only major city in poland that got through the war essentially undamaged so it's beautiful and like Prague it's considered to be one of the architectural gems of Central Europe and a great way to see it is on a bike with 800,000 people crack off is the third largest city in Poland [Music] [Music]
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every hour on the hour a trumpeter emerges from the top of that tower to play his trumpet hundreds and hundreds of years ago he played the trumpet to warn the town's folk of danger these days he does it simply for tradition [Music] the reason that ended so abruptly is cuz back in the 13th century while the trumpeter was blowing his horn he got shot in the throat with an arrow in the
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middle of his song and they've been playing it that way ever since guarantee when you come to Poland you are going to need a dumpling and the best place to try it is a milk pharmacist is where
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they're cheap they're real communist leftover these milk bars these to be all over Poland state subsidized restaurants and they were called milk for us because they used to be only dairy but now you can get whatever you want in your dumplings if you can read the menu [Music] generally speaking anywhere you go in Central Europe meat and more meat is the number one element in every meat [Music] okay which one are mine but all of these
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are mine but I [Music] believe it or not all this for two dollars really yummy their tastes like very substantial raviolis [Music] ouch pine better known by its German
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name outfits is only about an hour outside of Krakow I've never visited a concentration camp before somehow being on the train feels like part of the experience since after all it was on the trains cutting through much of the same landscape that millions were sent to the camps feels a little odd this isn't a special train to Auschwitz it's a commuter train people going to work and ash with spur Canal
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just another stop on the line like many Jewish Americans I have polish roots and the Auschwitz concentration camp was the place where many of my relatives died during World War [Music] what remains of the concentration camp is a museum and George shamans felt is one of the regular tour guides here as
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you know we'll see two places so we will start start I'd say chronologically where the history of how it started and then after a short break we'll go and see the so called how it's fire or miracle now ashes to so let us start once [Music] when people come to visit what happens to them what have you seen I know I have an uncle who finally came back to
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Auschwitz and he had a heart attack and he died here what kinds of reactions do you get from the visitors it's the whole range I would say from total indifference to people or breaking in tears and most often on the average just people are shocked that's true some of them cry especially when seeing the baby clothes or the suitcases with the birth dates who comes here are they
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mostly survivors or what kinds of no they're not so many survivors just I would say people from all over the world 100 countries mostly Germans Americans seven tons of the human hair were found by the Soviets and was sold as the raw material two pounds of this cost half a right smack it was a real bargain and what was made with the hair we can see here in the showcase wasn't hair loss as
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a fabric it is a very good one resistant and so on the only problem is that well it was made from humans otherwise very good for mattresses are you worried about Auschwitz the coming or sort of tourist attraction mmm yeah I am a bit especially as far as organized tours are concerned because individuals coming here they choose to come here and
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they have their own reasons and in the case of those organized tours you know it's something packed between Salt Mine village kind and cracker and then just the whole veranda not how it's just no just on that's what is on the schedule just the place you should see like you see when you're in Paris the Eiffel Tower so [Music]
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before the war was munition storehouse for the Polish army up to 42 in was only a morgue and in 42 gas chamber the first one very primitive one only 500 people could be murdered at a time in 43 bacana was ready so they stopped donating and gassing here and everything when their bill Kuna was really something that was an industrial level [Music] [Music]
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well with fresh flowers here as you can see memory is alive but always this question arises have we learned anything from Auschwitz well but if it's important to come here so it is I believe it is at least two reasons for that you know as somebody said that to forget is to repeat and the second even more
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important I think is not trying to understand this is to come down if you say I'm not a Jew I'm not interested in it then you're making a big mistake because things like colic I'll start in a very innocent way just somebody writes a book and then little by little we have where we are now ouch [Music]
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time to leave a city and head for the mountains [Music] six [Music] let's just throw caution to the wind okay [Music] what happened flat tire flat tire left-side change 15 minutes
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15 minutes polish time [Music] actually the timing couldn't have been more perfect [Music] [Music]
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Zach Epona is known as the winter capital of Poland it's located in the foothills of the Tatra mountains and you can stay in a camping Chalet here for less than $20 a night [Music] it's warm and dry in here there are people camping up there this is a step up from a Ted and I deserve it
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what is there to do in Zakopane really wonderful thing up in the mountains if you're anywhere in the mountains there are shepherds huts and you could buy fresh milk and fresh goat cheese and sheep cheese and it's really cheap and its really really good too so it's a real authentic taste of Poland yeah the
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smoke cleared you then one yeah Oh stupid junk we a do you a professional robot John create junk really [Music] tastes like goat milk yogurt definitely can't drink a whole cup of this that mug
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it's fantastic so little holes hey can i buy the cup could PJ the cup [Music] there's a lovely smoke flavor they're really nice and some sourdough whole wheat sourdough bread with walnuts some Tomatoes we're on Jane qui a club I know you don't owe me ten yet [Music] [Music] the Tatra Spolin most famous mountain
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range bridge the borders between Poland Slovakia and the Czech Republic there's good hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter [Music] that's where I'm going to the top of that mountain [Music] the mountain people of the Tatras are called the potholes and they live in the
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hills and valleys around zach opponent [Music] going on there's the bride there's the groom the potholes were originally shepherds and mountain guides today tourism is their main business and they're well respected for keeping their traditions alive [Music] the tradition is the people of the town
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erect this barrier and as the wedding position goes through the people in the way they have to pay the toll [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Music] hospitality seems to be one of the main
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traditions and after sampling the vodka and dancing with a local boy I was made to feel right at home [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music]
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[Applause] [Music] to be honest I came to the Czech Republic and Poland expecting to find grim bleak Eastern Bloc countries instead it's like someone plugged in an amplifier and turned up the volume capitalism is playing loud while Western tourists are looking for landmarks of the past Czechs and poles have moved on they're enjoying automatic cash machines fast-food and economic freedom but if
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you venture off the beaten tracks even just a little you'll find a wonderful authentic culture [Music]

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