|Array of chairs – Doha Airport – Rare Vacancy ! – Image Courtesy – wikipedia|
The kind of investments that seemed to pouring in, it’d rather sooner than later, that Doha turns out to be an air-traffic hub. The ‘Wi-Fi’ on the airport was amazing, if not the wash-rooms.
The quaint desert charm outside complimented the flashy ‘Duty-Free’ shop inside.
|Qatar Airways Air crafts in the Hangar|
|Desert as viewed from the Doha Airport|
|Flashy Duty Free in the Doha Airport|
We were travelling from Mumbai in an early morning flight and with the time zone difference favoring us, we reached Doha rather instantly. Having been to Duty-Free shops before it was a known fact that at the end, these shops turn out to be…. expensive. Doha further substantiated our notion. Having rushed our way through in morning, the 2 hour odd break at the airport was refreshing. Few cups of coffee gulped the throat, and the sapped energy levels found much needed invigoration. With a vibrant and bustling airport…. the time was well spent. However this was prelude, to the larger story that lay ahead us, The road trip to Prague.
Further, it wasn’t about the choice between the two cities either, as Vienna was already on our travel list in the latter part of the trip. As our earlier trip to Italy was completely on rail-road, this time we wanted to explore the bus, by exploring the countryside, or rather vice-versa.
|Student Agency Bus – Delighted us with amenities|
(And yes, I never denied that the buses in and to Czech (and Germany) are far cost-effective than trains.)
That was the twist in the tale. We had to devise a Plan ‘B’. Then and There.
The price quoted for the same day train was 85 euros. So, we decided to take a bus from the airport to the city, as the train station and the bus hub to Czech, both were at convenient distance in the city. Again the more we saw of Vienna, the more we realized how beautiful it was! The sun came out , as a connoting anti-climax to the tale. The problem, though, was not sorted completely. The English language wasn’t that widely spoken around and our accent was neither helping us getting directions the boarding point for Czech bound buses.
At the same time, a bus heading to Brno (Czech city) arrived. We could happily spot some vacant seats, as we were told by the fellow waiting travelers that Brno was en-route to Prague.
Clean blue sky charmed us with the eclectic hue of orange of the setting sun. The flowers adorning the balcony of the village house welcomed us with divine brightness. The Highway was excellent, but the villages around even better. The chair under the shade of the odd tree in the farm would have given solace to a lot of tired souls, I thought. The carefully painted houses, and the meticulousness of the planning, even in villages was simply unbelievable. (This trip is a definite recommend.) Frame after frame, moment after moment, the landscape was exquisite.
|Flowers across the highway|
|Beautiful Flowers adore the travelers – Village across the Road Trip|
|The Orange Hue of the evening sun|
|Windmills – Symbiosis metamorphosing in nature|
|Relaxed chairs , farms and the lake – Manifestation of Peace|
We virtually blazed to Brno. The elderly man alighted with us, and voluntarily approached bus counter and conveyed us that there were exactly 2 seats available in a bus heading to Prague in next 2 minutes flat. Without any hesitation, I went to the counter, to encounter, yet another twist.
|Czech Krowns acceptance – Not a pleasant surprise|
[As a matter of fact, Euros are accepted very freely in Czech, in fact it’s kind of a parallel currency. The government establishments and few operators that insist only on Czech Krowns are kind of an exception.]
During: Sept, 2013