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  • Day53

    Prague - last day

    July 29, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅

    The train ride to Karlstejn was a good way to get more views of Prague as we crossed the River and then some outer suburbs before the scenery changed to beautiful green countryside. It was about a 30-40 minute walk to the main entry of the Karlstejn Castle, however, if you stop at all the stalls and souvenir shops along the way, it could stretch to about 1 hour. There are different tours you can do at the castle or you can just wander around the areas where you are allowed free entry. We did the "private and representative halls of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV" - a mouthful but it was a good tour.
    Tomorrow we fly to Frankfurt where we pick up a hire car for about a month as we tour through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia before heading to Milan to drop off the car and catch a train to Venice for 5 days.
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  • Day28

    Travelling to Olomouc

    July 20, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 79 °F

    And the journey continues...

    ...still a way to go until we arrive at the hotel but the end is in sight and we are we hopeful for an arrival somewhere around 17.30!

    Spirits on the whole are good, Mr Spinner won the latest game of Coach 1 staff scrabble so he's happy; Mr Roper has declared that he's had enough of sitting on a coach though! And it's all quiet on the Rick Astley/High School Musical front as well so Mr. K is definitely happy!!

    And as you can see from the attached pics, we have spent the day sampling the delights of German and Czech motorway service station food!
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  • Day28

    The Eagle Has Landed!

    July 20, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Well it took 29 hours but the tour party has finally arrived in Olomouc and checked into the Clarion Congress Hotel!

    We have decided not to walk into town after all, as our18.30 arrival hasn't left us much turnaround time before dinner, so the important things took priority, you know things like getting luggage to rooms, freshening up and unpacking in the case of the staff...

    ...In the case of nearly EVERY student on the trip it was "let's immediately find the Wi-Fi code because OMG it's been over 10 hours since I had a signal and I can't cope LOL and what am I gonna do about my 'Snapchat Streak' with my BFF back in Northampton ROFL!!!!😆😆😆😆"

    On the topic of rooms I have to admit to feeling a little bit guilty: all of the staff are actually in single rooms for this hotel which is lovely but whereas my colleagues opened their doors to their room and en-suite; on opening mine I stepped into the lobby, proceeded into the lounge and leisurely strolled back round to my bedroom and en-suite! In many ways it's more problematic as with SO much space and room it might be easier to lose things, so reluctantly I suppose I can take one for the team this time round!?!

    Dinner is in 5 minutes in the hotel restaurant and then I imagine the exhaustion will kick in; first concert day tomorrow, Kromeriz here we come!!!
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  • Day29

    Good Morning from Olomouc!

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Well we're all up, if not quite button bright and wide awake in every case!

    Feedback on beds and pillows seems to be very positive (who would have thought that teenagers would be so particular with their sleeping requirements?!) and on the whole everyone seems to have had a good night's sleep, and certainly happy to have been able to sleep lying down!

    We checked to make sure that we saw everyone at breakfast, so if you don't see your little cherub on the accompanying shots please rest assured that they made it down. Breakfast itself was fantastic. Loads of choice whether hot or cold: yoghurts, cereals, bread, pastries, bacon, eggs, sausages, sweetcorn & brussel sprouts (I kid you not!), cheese, cold meats...there really was something for everyone.

    Rehearsals now until 11.00 (must post photos of the rehearsal space!) and we'll get going to Kromeriz hopefully around 11.45.
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  • Day29

    On our way to Kromeriz

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 81 °F

    Off to our first concert of the tour and the beautiful town of Kromeriz. Rehearsals all went well this morning; the rehearsal spaces were awesome, although some of the artwork in the conference centre has caused a bit of amusement...it seems to be pictures of various people covered in mud?!

    Anyhow onwards and upwards...Read more

  • Day29

    Kromeriz 1

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 84 °F

    Arrived safely and equipment unloaded at the venue. It is very hot, so fruit cocktails and cake/ice cream are in order, although the range of teas and coffees on display in the cafe that the staff have visited is pretty impressive!

  • Day29

    Elusive Students

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    So whilst not guaranteeing that we can include photos of every student on tour we are trying our best, although some students are trying very hard to evade being captured on film! As can be seen by the six attachments attempting (and failing in five of them) to get Kymberley included in the group photos this afternoon; at one stage she even hid behind a pillar!! Got there in the end...Read more

  • Day29

    Arnold Quintet Chamber Performance

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 84 °F

    We had asked the tour organisers before the tour whether there were suitable venues for some of our chamber ensembles to perform prior to our concerts, both as a nice performing opportunity but also to plug our concerts.

    This afternoon the Arnold Quintet and the Segler String Quartet both played in the gardens of the Chateau in Kromeriz. It was a really lovely space to play in and there were plenty of people out and about in the gardens who stopped to listen and show an interest.

    Photos and a little snippet of the Arnold Quintet playing a polka by Denes Agay are attached...
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  • Day29

    Dinner Blog 1

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 73 °F

    Ok apologies in advance for these next two blogs but we had dinner in a restaurant which is often the best chance to take photos of everyone (as they are essentially a captive audience!) so it is just people at dining tables, hardly likely to win any photography awards!

    The photos are of all the tables (I don't think I missed any but 119 students, 13 staff, 2 couriers and 4 drivers need a lot!) and I also hope that I waited for anyone who had popped to the loo to get back...?!Read more

  • Day29

    Dinner Blog Addition

    July 21, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 72 °F

    Ok it turned out that I had missed Rachel and Amy, as they had managed to secure themselves one of the nice tables just for two! Last dinner table photo I promise; but also thought you'd love to see the food we were served which was delicious!

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