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We set off up the trail. Our destination was four kilometers away, the largest natural sandstone arch in Europe. A huge group of school kids were ahead of us ... thank goodness they were ahead of us. In fact, we slowed so they would get far enough ahead that we could not hear them. When in the woods we prefer the sounds of nature to the sounds of 40 excited school children. I must say the kids were having a great time, and that is good. We had been told the trail is quite steep and difficult. Pleasantly surprised we did not find the trail particularly steep nor particularly difficult. We have hiked more difficult trails in the Shenandoah National Park and climbing through the slot canyons, Peek-a-boo and Spooky, in Utah was more difficult. We ... read more


Climbing on up the mountain we finally reached the top of the mountain where the largest natural bridge in Europe stands. Below and at one end of the bridge an old hotel still operates as a restaurant, but accepts no overnight guests. The employees have to hike in each day to their job. All supplies for the restaurant are brought up the mountain in a small cable car. The cable car is not large enough to carry any passengers. In fact, when I saw it in operation I think I would call it the cable bucket. The motor is tiny and the supplies come up a little at a time. The natural bridge is at least fifty to sixty feet high and I would guess at least one hundred feet across. No one is allowed to ... read more
The Natural Bridge and the restaurant.
Once a hotel, now a restaurant only.
The bridge and restaurant.


During our hike through the mountains we were pleased at the number of wild flowers we saw blooming. I wish I knew the names of all of them. But I needed and did not have a Central European Field Guide to Flowers. Some, like the Foxglove, I recognized, but there are so many that were unfamiliar to me. ... read more
Wild Foxglove
A Mountain Wildflower
A Mountain Wildflower


Do you remember in the blog on going to Dresden that I mentioned the beautiful mountainous country we passed through and I said, "Nancy and I have to learn more about this area. There must be some wonderful hiking in that area." Well ........ when we returned to IBTS we metioned the beauty we saw to several people. Each enouraged us to return and hike there. In fact PP said, "Take two days off. Go there and see the beauty." So, we did. But this trip will take several entries. We left Prague on Tudsday, going by bus from Prague to Decin, and then by local bus from Decin to Hrensko. Hrensko was our base for hiking. The town is right on the German/Czech border. It is a town with two streets, shaped like a "T". ... read more
A smiling egg
Breakfast
Hrensko

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 14th 2005

Hello Everyone! This is a rather long entry, so if you want the short version here it is: now in Prague, Vienna was great, but exhausting, my butt hurts from the hike we took, wine+tram= fun!, prague is cheap and we are having language issues (but this has been an ongoing problem). Amy and I are now in Prague, just coming from Vienna. Vienna was great! We got there two nights ago and went to an opera. We managed to get really cheap tickets, only 2.5 euro! Although it was standing room only but it sounded great. Since we stayed longer in Munich, we only had one full day in Vienna so we crammed a bunch of stuff into one day. In the morning, we did a tram tour out of a book that Amy had. ... read more
Vienna - the city of music, and one of my favorites!
got off the tram to see this in Vienna

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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 14th 2005

Oh! My feet! I went on a walking tour of the castle today. Pretty much a waste of time. Mr. Gottfried our guide who must have been as old as dirt was bad. His accent was so thick even I couldn't understand him much of the time, let alone the two women for Jersey. The information he was giving was bland and un-interesting and he couldn't understand any of our questions. I was bored. I stayed with it only because it included admission to the inside of the castle which I hadn't seen before and Golden Lane which I wanted to see again. The last time I was at the castle entrance to Golden Lane was free. Ah, how far the Czech have come in capitalizing on the tourists which seem to have overrun the city. ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 13th 2005

The best day of the year. If you don't believe this, just ask Nancy. Of course everyone in the world has this date on their calendar saying "Best Day"-- relax, have fun. This morning I asked a dear little boy named Brandon if he knew what day this was. He said, Saturday? I said, no it is Monday but it is my birthday too. He immediately asked, What kind of cake will you have? I told him Johanna got me a piece of Czech cake yesterday and that it was very good but I would not have a big cake. He then asked what I would do, I said I would work in the library. He looked strained. Then he said, Will you need a gift? It was obvious he was thinking about the need for ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 13th 2005

Nancy and I have been quite interested and delighted with the wildflowers here. We wish we could be here the rest of the summer to see those that bloom later in the summer. Occasionally there is more than just a flower in bloom. ... read more
Bumblebee One you are cleared for takeoff.

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 13th 2005

Sometimes it all comes together, the light is perfect, the sun is in the right position and the view just looks right. We were wandering arouind Prague, just seeing what we could see. It was getting late in the evening and we were walking on one of the bridges leading from New Town to the Little Quarter when I looked up river and thought, "That should make a nice picture." Everything looked right, the lighting, the position of the sun casting a beautiful glow over the river and the city. I like the picture. I hope you like it also. The onion domed structure on the left if called the Water Tower. In the distance, beyond the next bridge and on the hill are the twin spires of the Church of Peter and Paul. The trees ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 13th 2005

This morning just as I was getting out of the shower the phone rang in my hotel room. It was the front desk asking when I was wanting my taxi to come. The arrangement had been 8:30 and stated so. The front desk person said he would tell him to come back at that time. What? He forgot to pick me up at the airport and now he is an hour and a half early? Crazy man! So I made it to the airport, had a pleasent flight to Prague, my luggage arrived with me this time. I went to check in with the čsa tour desk to get my vouchers for the hotel and all and decided to be a problem asking if Bethany could ride with me. Somehow this very nice man fixed it ... read more




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