Whist in Prague we took ourselves on an adventure. We got a bus to the old spa town of Karlova Vary which is about 200 kilometres west of Prague, near the German border. The trip took us through the countryside, which is intensively farmed, and through several small villages.
Karlova Vary itself was once a very magnificent spa town and has been wonderfully preserved, including the beautifully landscaped parks and gardens. Only occasionally you got a glimpse of a slightly faded splendour, but I think it just added to the character.