It has been quite a few years, but I was fortunate to be able to travel to Prague, in the Czech Republic soon after its split from Communist rule. Formerly known as Czechoslovakia, the country was under the thumb of the USSR for many years, ending in 1992 after the fall of communist Russia. Within short order Democracy hit the Czech Republic like a fever, and when I was there business was booming.

I am sure things are quite different now. I did catch a Samantha Brown travel show about Prague recently, and it looks as vibrant and interesting as I remembered. The food there alone was worth a trip, not to mention the Prague Castle, Charles bridge and the surprisingly rich history.

Has anyone been to Prague this year (2006)? Is it now expensive? Has the culture shifted even further into a Euro-western style (where it was headed)?

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