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Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc April 19th 2014

We took a morning train to Olomouc, a university town. For some reason, the train carriages reminded me of the train in Harry Potter, which made me giddy with excitement (Yes, I still believe that one day, I shall receive my acceptance letter). When we reached Olomouc, we realised that barely anyone spoke English and we needed to get to the town centre (oh the joys of travelling). Luckily for us, a kind Samaritan with fluent English approached us and offered to bring us to our hostel. We stayed in the Poet's Corner, a nice cosy hostel just minutes away from the town centre. The owner gave us a brief overview of what we should see and eat. It was well into the afternoon and so we set off to St. Wenceslas' Cathedral, afraid that we ... read more
Prague Train Station
Scenery on the train
Scenery on the train

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region July 4th 2013

R July 4 – Our original plan for yesterday was to visit the Punkva cave, but my guide book said that this tour can sell out weeks in advance in the summer, and that we should call ahead. Luckily Yvonne had a friend who could do just that, and found out that it was sold out for yesterday but we could reserve tickets for today, so we did. We took an early train to Blankso and then found that there was no bus going to the caves at that time, so we looked for a taxi. There were no taxis nearby, so we went back to the train station to ask about it and luckily the man spoke English and called a cab for us. So nice. Once we arrived, we picked up our tickets and ... read more
Our walk to the cave
4m long stalagtite/stalagmite combo

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc July 2nd 2013

Tuesday July 2 – Today we woke up quite early for a day trip to a town called Olomouc (pronounced Olla-moats. Nothing in Czech sounds like it looks). We got a train there, which took two hours. We had a compartment to ourselves, which was really nice. A lot of talking and laughing ensued. Once there, we did some sightseeing which started with the city hall. It has an astronomical clock that has figured that move every hour, but instead of the normal clocks that have saints, this one had good communist workers. It wasn’t that exciting, but it was still interesting. It ended with a metal rooster crowing, which was the best part. Afterwards we grabbed some food at a vegetarian restaurant and continued to see the sights – more of the town, churches, etc. ... read more
Street view
Astronomical clock
Holy Trinity Column

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc September 5th 2012

For the drive to Olomouc, we decided to take the highways for the first part of the journey then turn off the highway and program the Garmin to take us over secondary roads. This meant we could see more of Poland and the Czech countryside. All was going to plan as we travelled through the small towns in Poland getting nearer to the border. We took a detour to look at a local site and we turned the Garmin off while we had a look at a local mansion house. When we returned to the car and tried to turn the Garmin on, nothing happened. Ohhh... heck! The back-of-beyond in Poland with no map! We decided to carry on until we found a town with wifi. We soon crossed the border into the Czech Republic where ... read more
Olomouc clocktower
Olomouc. One model with another
Olomouc streetscape

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc May 13th 2011

We left Tallinn by bus, after a quick detour to the airport when the taxi driver took us to the wrong place. The trip to Riga was smooth and comfortable – flat for kilometre after kilometre. Forests, farms and puddles where the spring melt had not yet dissipated. Riga was a great surprise, with a beautiful historic centre, lots of people and lots of drinking going on. Our digs were quite close in to town. Our bedroom was also quite close – to the trams that rumbled by all day and half the night. Fortunately the local supermarket sold Russian beer in 1litre cans. As well as the usual walk around town we took an hour or so to visit the Occupation Museum (along, it seemed, with a thousand kids). The poor Baltic States. First it ... read more
Space age flight to Warsaw
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Warsaw
St Marys church - Krakow


Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region July 27th 2009

I think today I may have been closer to my “breaking” point than I have in quite a while. It’s unfortunate that I’m getting fed up with and frustrated by so many little things now, but I guess that’s a sign that it’s about time for me to go home. I suppose a bit of explanation would be helpful. To start off with, there is a hideously irritating song that one of the Czech students has been playing incessantly for the past few days. It’s absolutely maddening to me and it was played rather loudly directly behind me this morning. I think I’m nearing the point that I don’t even care about it anymore, but really I’ve tried asking him to not play it, turn it down, play something different, anything, but to no avail. ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc June 2nd 2009

After a stop in Auschwitz, i digest all these powerfull emotion of being there and decide to head to Czek republik. My goal is to go to Praha but I know there is interesting things on the road. Finally as it start to be dark, I stop in a small village at 10km from Olomouc. There I try to figure a place to put my tent then I finally found a house in construction and decide it will be my place for the night. I wake up with the sun, it is quite harsh but at the same time I feel the power of the sun and it make me feel happy. I start to walk to Olomouc as i want to see the famous astronomical clock. Spending the day there is great, I am walking ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc February 15th 2009

I got on the bus from Brno and when it stopped in Olomouc, I didn't know where the heck I was. I went up to the infor counter where the lady didn't speak English and asked for Olomouc centrum which she understood :) yay! so with some funky hand gestures (hilarious really) I got the gist of it - go out, turn left, go under the underpass, go up and take tram #4. A little more asking around and I was on the tram in the right direction. The bus station isn't actually all that far from the old town, it's walking distance - probably about 15-20 mins. I got off at the right stop thanks to some maps on the tram and the fact that every town has a town square. I saw the clock ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc January 7th 2009

This past week has found me sampling a slice of Czech life. I arrived in Olomouc on Friday and I spent 5 great days there. The family I stayed with consisted of a sweet old grandfather, mother, father, girl 14, girl 17, baby and my friend Martina so it was a bit crowded. However, I grew to love them all very quicky and most of them except the mom and baby spoke English. Voila! I was able to communicate with the mom using my Italian. Close to their house was a cathedral which was so beautiful! Lining the outside were shops which sold among other things, fireworks! So, you could have had a little fun duirng mass. haha. While I was there, I had the opportunity to attend an outdoor film festival, all in Czech of ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc November 14th 2008

Wow, two nights in Prague went by real quick. Arriving into town from the airport (which only took 20 minutes from the baggage claim - super efficient) I was suddenly greeted by the beauty of that town. The energy and vibe was flowing out of all who were around, smiling faces and loud laughter. That town was built for good times. There are more pub/restaurants serving great czech beers than I could even count. The fun in Prague had to end though, today I ventured onto a train for a trip to Olomouc, supposedly the other historic capital in Czech Rep. More of a student town, with very few tourists, haven't even seen a postcard yet. Time though to find a place to put the sore feet up and have a meel. Quick touring tomorrow before ... read more

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