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17226Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia

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  • Tim Skvarenina
    Jun 7, 2007
      We stayed at the Tulip Inn in Prague. It was very nice and convenient to Old Town. The desk personnel spoke English and they could get you a cab at a reasonable rate. You can find it on Expedia.

      In Bratislava, we stayed at the Forum Hotel, which was a very nice hotel that has been converted to a Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, so it is rather pricey now. It was within walking distance of all the major sites, the staff spoke English, and they had a cab service available for a reasonable fee.

      Tim Skvarenina

      ----- Original Message ----
      From: Karen C <karens_roots@...>
      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, June 6, 2007 10:07:06 PM
      Subject: Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia

      Wow thanks Linda. A very honest look at the problems I could encounter. This can really help me get prepared. Especially the ATM/Credit Card thing. I may be writing you soon as the time approaches with more questions.

      Can you recommend any places to stay? Towns we could possibly stay in would be Prague, Bratislava, Kosice.

      Thanks again to everyone. You have really given me great help and information.


      ----- Original Message ----

      From: Linda Hartlaub <ljhartlaub@usa. com>

      To: Karens_roots@ yahoo.com

      Sent: Tuesday, June 5, 2007 10:40:49 PM

      Subject: Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia

      Hi Karen,

      I am a little late in checking my mail. But I thought I would let you know my experiences. What everyone said is the standard and usually works. Be sure to notify your credit card companies in wirting and by phone that you are going to be in Europe. However, even after I did that, my credit cards were classified as "hot" within 5 days of entering Europe. I was without money. ATMs ate my cards.I had about $300 cash (American), and that was not enough. In hindsight, I would have carried at least $500 and divied it up between purse, suitcases, carry ons, etc. I literally got stranded in Kosice (where about 2% of the population speaks English) and thankfully had a translator. However, even with him working with me, we wasted half a day at the bank trying to convince them that I was legitimate and not a thief. However, in Bratislava and Banska Bystrica I was on my own dealing with the bank officers. Not an easy task.

      Should you get stuck, I have since learned that you can funds wired to you through Western Union to Slovakia. There are offices for Western Union everywhere. You can find Western Union offices in the States at Safeway, Von's, and other groceries that are in their corporation.

      And as far as pickpockets, the only problems we had were with the Roma in Kosice. We guarded our purses and bags with our lives. And finally resorted to spouting out any Spanish words we could come up with, sounding demented if anyone understood Spanish. But the Roma figured we weren't understanding us and left us alone.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me. I'll tell you what I can.

      Linda Hartlaub

      ----- Original Message -----

      From: "helene cincebeaux"

      To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@ yahoogroups. com

      Subject: Re: [S-R] Traveling in Czech and Slovakia

      Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 19:14:54 -0700 (PDT)

      Hi Karen

      Usually no problem taking a rental across

      Czech-Slovak border just be sure to get the sticker if

      you want to use the super highway in Slovakia - can

      get at bigger gas stations or on border. But ask

      about taking the car across the border when you rent

      just to be sure.

      Found that if you rent from some firms in Austria they

      charge a big surcharge for going into former E.

      European countries.

      Don't know any American who had to buy or prove they

      had health insurance for a simple visit

      ATM's seem to work fine all the time.

      Where are you going in Slovakia? And when?


      --- Karen C <karens_roots@ yahoo.com> wrote:

      > Since so many of you have travelled to the Czech

      > Republic and Slovakia I was wondering if you could

      > answer a few questions?


      > Is there a problem with taking a rental car across

      > the border from Czech Rep. to Slovakia?


      > We're you required to buy the health travel

      > insurance?


      > We're you able to get money on the weekends in the

      > larger cities through ATMs?


      > You responses will be very welcomed.


      > Thanks in advance,


      > Karen





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