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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan March 3rd 2010

Hi Friends and Family, It was time to check out the other parts of Milano by going to the castles. This castle has a very long mediaeval history which one can see by the very reason of fortresses giving one the impression of knights and damsels in distress. It was frequented by many Japanese tourists and lots of American students who felt so in-the-moment that they just had to play a few strings for our entertainment. It was pretty good though and I threw in a few coins myself! Ladies and Gentlemen, it was hot! hot!! hot!!! It was so hot that we decided to go to ne of the biggest parks in the city and chill out with the locals whom you can see were having a fine time in all. In the evening, we ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Lombardy » Milan February 23rd 2010

Hi Friends and Family, As promised I'm back! I'm going to fill in my blog as best I can but unfortunately, the dates are going to be a bit lopsided. In short, inaccurately dated! Ah well! Oh yes, as I was saying - Milano. Easter 2009 was a brilliant time for us all. the weather was fabulous in Berlin and we had a lovely time with some family friends and their kids hunting for Easter eggs and drinking beer and sausages in Volkspark ( a very huge famous page in East Berlin ) with an equally famous restaurant and lake ( "Schoenbrunn" ) if any one is intererested. After family celebrations, Frank and I decided to have some "me" time and booked a flight to Milan via an on-line site called "Edreams" which proved to be ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic February 23rd 2010

Good Morning Everyone! This is the last insert of our skiing week in 2009! I know, I know!! Anyway, I've put a few new people on my Email list for blog updates. If you would prefer NOT to be on my list please let me know ASAP so that I can take you off as I want to keep my friends LOL! For those of you interested, I'll be sending the Italian update, Poland and Manchester in the very nearest future....! So back to the Czech Republic and if you want to read the rest of the trip you can of course, help yourselves. Here we go... Its 06:00. Time to get up! I packed up the suitcase and the backpack and still found time to take a bath and wash my hair. All before 07:30. ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin January 19th 2010

Hi everyone! Wow! 2009 was a really nice year for travelling. Problem was. I didn't add them to my blog LOL but I will, I promise. In 2009 we went to Italy, Poland and England and so the details and pictures will follow as soon as I can possibly put them in. Plans for 2010: The United States (Yeah!), the Isle of Wight, Wales and England. Flights have been booked and diposits have been paid. We're on our way. See you soonest. xxx ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic February 7th 2009

Hi Friends and Family, Today, we're going to go for long walks and take photos. We decided to take the laptop with us so that we could later go to the hotel rather than going back to the pension. I had thought about walking to the train station and finding out just where it was as everybody was quite elusive! There was talk that it was 5 kms away. 5kms. Pah! After all, we had walked further than 5kms before. We even once walked 12 kms!! It was on the coastline in Poland. We had taken off our shoes and it was a bit windy but we had our lunch and “refreshments” with us so hardly felt the pull. I also had a clap-down buggy in one hand and “The Small Young Gentleman” in the other. ... read more
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Today is our last skiing day. Oh no! “The Small Young Gentleman” had been a little naughty this morning by screaming in the house ( although there were other guests and a family living there ), walking on the stairway with his ski-boots on and subsequently, fell and ended up sliding down the stairs with only the hallway table to break his fall. Luckily, the plants didn't fall on him or anything else for that matter and even luckier, he wasn't hurt. His punishment. No children's TV and no playing on the laptop this evening. And so the glum and pouting face. As I said previously, today is our last day of skiing and what a beautiful day it is. The sun was shining and the snow was sparkling. Yep! definitely, the day to end the ... read more
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Today, we didn't have any appointments. We were finished with lessons and so we could take our time 'cos carrying two sets of skies and poles in ski boots can be very exhausting! We decided to take the 10:00 ski-bus and also use the time to take a few more photos of the scenery and also the other skiers. Roky is a place that now relies heavily on tourism and as such most of the houses were either pensions like our own, ( private homes rented out ), apartment hotels or chalets and most things were written in Czech and German with a sprinkling of English here and there. Its rare to hear English voices. They're all in France or Italy me thinks! It was a little misty today and it pretty early became difficult to ... read more
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The afternoon before, I had had a chat with Peter as to payment and what would be needed in terms of lessons. The end result was an extra private lesson for “TSYG” and 4,700kc ( €188 ) from me for absolutely everything i.e. the cost of 2 half day private lessons for 3 people and 1 half day lesson for 2 people, the ski sets for 5 days and the helmets and goggles thrown in. Fabulous isn't it! A couple of months ago, a German governor caused a skiing accident in Austria in which himself and a lady had serious injuries. None of them were wearing a helmet and the lady, a mother of three, died a few days later. The minister himself has still not recovered and now has amnesia. Since then, everyone has been ... read more
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Roky is a haunt for Czechs and East Germans so most people spoke both languages. We spoke German too but for extra security. I wanted an English-speaker thus we were partnered with George, a young 20-something Czech. We were a very mini-group of three. Veronika ( a 6 year old Czech ), “The Small Young Gentleman” ( another 6 year old ) and me ( a complete adult ) and we were going to have private lessons on Horni Domky!!! Horni Domky spreads out over the southern slopes of Lysá hora at an elevation of 630 to 1,315 above-sea-level. By way of comparison with others, it is one of the best ski locations in the Czech Republic in terms of its position, exemplary ski slopes and facilities. It is mainly popular for its large diversity and ... read more
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I woke up at 5:00 and packed the last few bits. We planned to leave the house at 06:30 'cos I wanted to buy the Sunday papers! We managed to get out the door and 15 minutes later we were on our way. Bus M27, the underground train to the Zoo station and a change to the U2 to the IICC station. We were going by bus! Bus I tell ya!! To Rokytnice nad Jizerou in the Czech Republic!!! Roky is a favourite place of mine for seriously cheap skiing, most of the time guaranteed snow and under €1,00 per 0,5 litre beers! It is also one of the places of the Giant Mountains that was already settled in the 16th century. The municipality was founded around the year 1574. It was named after the Huťský ... read more
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