Blogs from Olomouc, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic, Europe


Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc March 31st 2017

The plane circled the modest airport at Brno, before making a descent. The descent was aborted in a controlled fashion and the voice from the cockpit announced that another aircraft had strayed on to the runway. If we were landing at Heathrow or somewhere similar, I doubt the story would have had such a relaxed ending! All is well that ends well, as they say. I scoured the runway perimeter for the offending light aircraft and spotted the likely candidate near the gliding club section. The minor delay could mean missing the 76 bus into the city centre and the lengthy hold ups at passport control left me to fret on the chances of making the connection. Is this retaliation kicking in for Brexit or have the locals been on a training course at Luton? The ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc December 19th 2016

We drove our car 3,300 km from Minsk, Belarus where we are teaching to see the cities, Christmas markets and quiet snow covered countryside of Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and eastern Germany. The majority of our 3 week tour was spent in friendly Czech Republic. Our first stop in Olomouc for three nights turned out to be our favorite city because of its lack of other tourists, awesome Christmas market, spiced wine, and beer spa. This quaint old town feels alive with locals filling the two main squares. We loved the sculptures around every corner.... read more
Olomouc - The best Christmas market in Czech Republic
Warming up
Beer spa at Svatovaclavsky Pivovar

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc August 15th 2014

Day 4, country 2! We have moved on to the Czech Republic! After arriving into Prague we dropped off bags at our hostel before heading into town! (Not before Louise managed to forget the pass code to her lock and we spent a good 20 minutes trying to remember it!). We literally had about 7 hours in Prague which is a real shame as it Is a really beautiful city! We wondered around the old town and towards Charles Bridge, stopping at a local restaurant ( I think we take it for granted that people are no longer allowed to smoke in British restaurants. ...!) This morning we began the Busabout Tour! There are about 43 on the tour but everyone is extremely friendly and talkative. The bus is made up of about 90% Ausys with ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Olomouc Region » Olomouc April 9th 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 » 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 22nd 2012

An diesem Tag bin ich von Kutna Hora nach Schloß Konopischt gefahren, wo ich an einer Führung teilgenommen habe. Danach bin ich in die Stadt Olmütz gefahren.... read more

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 » 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

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