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Europe » Czech Republic » South Moravian Region » Brno July 1st 2013

M July 1 – So today I began another trip. I must admit that I was having misgivings about this one. I never stay home and just relax, which is something I’ve always been bad at but desperately need. It would be great to spend time at home like a normal person, but when the time comes, I never think that way. In my mind, six weeks off means six weeks of travel, which I’m starting to realize is not necessarily normal for most people. So I am missing time at home again. Have I finished packing so I can be relaxed with my last day? Oh no. I had to spend another 90 minutes or more frantically trying on clothes and trying to decide what to bring. No matter how many trips I take, I ... read more
Town hall

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 30th 2013

For four of the past five summers (2009-2011, 2013) I have spent six weeks in Prague teaching study abroad courses. The city is incredibly well-preserved and an architect's dream. If you go, take a few days to do the touristy activities and then begin exploring and enjoying the off-the-beaten path sites. I would recommend spending some time just getting lost wondering around the historic streets on both sides of the Vltava River. The most popular sites in Prague include the castle area, the Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square where there is always a steady swarm of tourists in the summer. Walking into Old Town Square for the first time is great and I still enjoy it each time I return. I would recommend paying the fee to take in the views from the top of ... read more
Beautiful sunset on Vltava and Prague Castle
Me at Cesky Raj
Prague Castle

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 29th 2013

Prague Czech Republic 27 to 28 May 2013 Wow! Prague, the capital of the ‘new’ Czech Republic is spectacular, full of contrasts, history, food, wine/beer, cheap shopping (but those who know me, I tried hard to be interested), with the Elbe River (which also flowed through Dresden) winding through the city, with many bridges. We did 11 hours of walking, with coffee, lunch and dinner stops sprinkled through the time. After a rocky history, the country is in good shape, great roads, great transport system In 1993, Czechoslovakia ceased to exist creating the new Czech Republic. In 2004 the country joined the EU but has retained its Czech Crown (about 22 Kc to $1 AUD). It is divided into 2 states, Bohemia & Moravia. The country is known for its silver (although after supplying ... read more
Amazing building for stage productions Prague (1)
Around Main Square Prague (2)
Around Main Square Prague (13)

Prague to Slovakia via Kutna Hora and Brno, 29 May 2013 Today we drove through showers of rain. On Kerrie’s advice we set our anti-divorce GPS to Kutna Hora which is east of Prague. Kerrie went and saw this amazing/weird/creepy Sedlec Ossuary (bone church). In this church there are the bones of 40,000 people of which 30,000 died from a plague. Someone arranged all the bones in an incredible way (see photos). We just walked around with our jaws dropped. There are some amazing things around the world to see and this has got to be one of them!! Thanks Kerrie. Kutna Hora is a town that grew as a result of silver mining. This mine supplied 1/3 of Europe’s silver and is now closed down. It was the 2nd most important city in ... read more
One of the many tunnels
In and around St Barbara Cathederal Kutna Hora Czech Republic (2)
In and around St Barbara Cathederal Kutna Hora Czech Republic (6)

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 26th 2013

First full day in Prague. We had to sleep a bit extra today until 7:30 PM. Breakfast here is not included in the daily rate. We will have to pay 12 Euros in addition per person here. After morning shower etc, we headed to the breakfast. If you compare this to the hotels we have been to in India, this spread is very average. THere is no hot item other than bioled eggs. There were varieties of pastries, bread, fruit and Yogurt. It would be difficult to skip lunch with this intake. We loaded up as much as we could. Person at the reception was able to give us a map and point us to the subway station where we could buy a tram ticket to the Prague Castle. This was our first attraction. THe castle ... read more


April 2, 2012. I went to visit a friend who lived in a village near Ostrava. (This was not a backpacking trip.) I learned a lot about European history during my stay with her. There had always been Germans and Czechs living in Bohemia and Moravia (and a whole bunch of other ethnic groups such as Pols, Hungarians, Jews, and various other Slavs) but I guess Czechs made up the majority. For example, when Charles University was founded in 1348 in Prague during the Golden Age of Czech history, the university was divided into Czech, Polish, Saxon, and Bavarian "nations." The house my friend lived in was originally German. When the Germans were expelled from Czechoslovakia after WWII, they were not given much time to move and they weren't allowed to take much with them, so ... read more
Jewish cemetery in Trebič

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague June 2nd 2013

April 5, 2012. The Prague Castle opens at 10am which is when I got there. However, a very large area in front of the castle was fenced off and there were policemen and security people everywhere. A military troop in their parade costume and a military band were lined up just inside the castle gates. Tons of spectators stood around the fences. I asked one of the security people what is happening and when can I go in the castle. He said that the Czech President is officially welcoming the President of Azerbaijan today and it will probably take about an hour. I waited and saw the official welcoming ceremony with military honours. It didn't take that long but the fence was kept there till 12 noon. People were able to go inside to visit the ... read more

It’s been cold and rainy for the last week. Ava and I both miss hanging out in the park and are hoping for a bit of sunshine soon. We did make it to Prague last weekend for a day. The main purpose of the visit was to locate the Pension David, which is the place we will stay next Sunday. Early Monday morning, we will begin our trip home! We’re both excited about spending 11 weeks on the farm before leaving for Nanchang, China the last week in August. I just sent my signed contract to a university there this morning, and am happy to say that one of my best friends (Lauryn) and her husband (Zac) will be joining us for this adventure. Lauryn will teach at the university as well and we’re hoping Zac ... read more
Close Up!
A pretty balcony in Prague
Cool building

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 1st 2013

Time to relect on our trip so far.....Scott and i have currently traveled through 22 countries in just under 5 months ( currently in Prague) and over a glass of wine we were reflecting on our trip todate and thought we should share some thoughts with our friends and family since many of you are starting to ask. So here we go 2 Favourite countries: laura: Holland and Guatamala. Even though it rained the entire time in holland i found the culture facinating and the bike life. LIfe was simple and most people were "high on life" as for Guatamala it is unlike any other country and the history of the mayan people is so rich in the surroundings around you whether your in the Ancient city of Antigua or the chilled lifestlye of Lake atalin. ... read more
favourite big city - New York
most rememberable - tikal sunset
the unexpected - mother nature.

Europe » Czech Republic May 20th 2013

Enjoyed a breakfast of muesli & croissant with double espresso; the hotel has a beautiful buffet each morning and the staff was very attentive. The breakfast room was such a pleasant room to enjoy I decide to delay my adventure for the day and spend some time on my blog. Head out about 11 a.m. and catch the metro, then the tram to the Petrin Funnicular. Public transport is cheap, paid just 310 Kz or the equilivant of $15 for 72 hours and includes, Metro (subway), trams, busses, even the Funnicular. The queue for the funnicular was short and I boarded in less than 15 minutes. Unlike the Dresden funnicular which only had one or two other riders this attraction was filled to capacity. Built in 1891 the cable car was originally operated by water, which ... read more
Lower Petrin Hill
Eiffel Tower Replica

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