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  • Day50

    Last day in Brno

    October 23, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    I found an Apple Store in town today as well as a huge shopping centre. Bad news is my phone won't hold much data let alone upload to cloud so I have to email myself my pictures to my laptop and then delete them from my iphone to make space. Pain in the ass. When I return to Sk I will buy a camera. Ntl I have managed to make some space to take a few shots today. Visited the gothic church of St. Peter & Paul, Green Market square and Freedom Square. Check out the cock clock as it is known here. Rings everyday at 11 but should be at noon and no one can figure out what time it is. It was erected (literally) in 2010 and the representation is when the swedes invaded in 1645. Every new year it's wrapped in plastic to protect it from fireworks so it looks like a giant condom. Only in Europe! Amazing.Read more

  • Day48

    Brno-Czech Republic

    October 21, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Well here I am again in another amazing city. I am the only one in my six bed hostel (keeping my fingers crossed) and it is an apartment decorated for a queen. I may actually sleep all night. Brno from what I walked so far this afternoon has lots of culture, history and is the Moravian region. It's gorgeous! I will be here for the next 3 days snooping around and then will decide where to go.Read more

  • Day49

    Brno today

    October 22, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    What a beautiful sunny day today with a crisp note in the air. Walked the city today but all the churches seemed to be closed. There are 4 churches within .5km of each other here. There are also underground tunnels (labyrinths) which I am too chicken to explore by myself. Apparently the dearly departed who had the plague years ago were exhumed and strange things lurk there. Got a roommate, Yuchin from Taiwan bunking with me tonight and she works for Amazon in Bratislava. Will meet up with her when I go back. We had dinner together at a local beer tavern that was super busy and the beer and food was outstanding. Two beers, gulash with steamed dumplings and gravy and hot peppers with tip $10. No fotos because since I uploaded to iCloud I have no storage in my phone. Really ticked off. Will be purchasing a camera tomorrow if I can find a shop so I can take some pictures. It's a must as the sites here are incredible. Highly recommend Brno as a destination to see.Read more

  • Day91


    July 7, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Its nickname is "Moravian Manchester". It is the second largest city in Czech Republic and it was dead the day we arrived.. I don't know if someone warned them we were coming but hopefully it was due to it being a Czech public holiday. This first day was largely taken up on the search for a chocolate crepe. They seem to like crepes here in Czech and as I do not share the obsession with Nutella with the rest of Europe, I dragged Stuart around the streets until we found actual chocolate.

    On the second day we did our first "free" walking tour here. Where you basically tip what you feel like. Definitely helped to add interest to the city and we learnt quite a lot about it and Czech humour. We saw a statue of two people fornicating on the side of a church, a huge horse that when you stand under it and look up it looks like a giant penis and their modernist astronomical clock which is shaped like a bullet but people think that it looks - again - like a giant...

    In Brno they ring the noon day bell at 11am and have done since 1645. The weary Swedish were close to conquering the city but agreed that if they had not done so by 12pm then they would leave and not return.. the sneaky Moravian Mancunians therefore decided to ring the bell at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul an hour early at which point the Swedes promptly left and the city was saved.

    On the tour we met a lovely Finnish girl called Hanna, who was in Brno for a Bachelorette party. We ended up having lunch together and visiting a crypt under the Capuchin Monastry with Hanna. We also enjoyed a free Birdseye view of the city which we had learnt about on the tour.

    In the evening we headed to the coolest bar called Super Panda Circus. It is found behind a curtained doorway and you must ring the doorbell to be let in. You are then met by a doorman who explains how the bar works, shows you to a seat and brings a display of random items on sticks. You choose your drink by instinct (but you can see how much you are paying and the alcohol content!!).

    The drinks themselves were like works of art. Mine came accompanied by a lime and coriander ice lolly.. Hanna's had a marshmallow and an ice block branded with the bar's logo.. Stuart's came accompanied with a dish of enoki mushrooms.. All of this in a completely non-pretentious atmosphere. The bartenders were really friendly and the doorman didn't bat an eyelid at us in trainers and rainmacs. To top it all off the prices were half of what you'd pay at home. I would say this place is reason enough to stop over in Brno, and I don't even like cocktails!
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  • Day45

    2 days in Brno - Czech Rep

    August 27, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Rode south to Brno, Czech Rep's 2nd largest city and amother great place to visit. I missed the Czech Motogp by 4 days, not such a bad thing as I wouldn't have been able to afford to stay. The hotel told me the price was over 4 x as much last week!!!!.

    Lots of places in walking distance within the city - the usual cathedrals, museums etc. To be honest it can almost become overload.. my highlight was the local fire fighters had a huge display closing down part of the city. Then a fireworks display later that night. There were a couple of really nice roads on the way down.

    My inability to order a drinkable chai latte has meant I've been drinking hot chocolate, but even this isn't as easy as it sounds (although "chocolate" seems to be one of those multi-lingual words common to most languages, a bit like pizza and spagetti, also among my favourite of words). Anyway I've had some hot and misses even with hot chocolate. There's a pic of one I ordered here in Brno. It was literally a cup of hot very very melted chocolate and a smaller cup brimming with whipped cream. Not sure what to do, I slowly mixed the cream into the chocolate. know was great👍

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  • Day4

    Prague's Astronomical Clock

    January 17, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 28 °F

    A fascinating structure is Prague's Astronomical Clock-the Pride of Praha, a pure work of genius. It is made of all mechanical fixtures but one. It shows the seasons, the 24 hr and the 12 hr time measure, what zodiac the earth is in at the moment, and the phases of the moon (the one piece that gets hand-turned every night). It was originally installed back in the 1400s and legend says was commissioned by the city officials. The master clock maker amazed everyone and Prague was very proud of their clock. The city officials were SO happy with the clock and it's maker they threw him a big party with lots of wine and beer. Well into the party, the clock maker was quite wasted, which the city officials intended so they could cut out the clock maker's eyes and cut off his tongue. You see, while they were very pleased with the clock, they were also very afraid of some other city acquiring such a cool clock. In medieval times, instead of having civilised conversation and a contract with a non compete clause, people lose body parts.

    The legend goes on to say the clock maker got his revenge, however. Soon after his eyes and tongue were removed, he timed a well placed jump into the clock tower gears, ending his own life and the working of the clock for many, many years until someone smart enough could come around and rebuild it.

    That's not exactly what happened but it's a great story told as we walked the cobblestone streets. It is beautiful and on the hour, apostles come out and do a little jig, rooster crowing and everything. It is only one of three astrological clocks still in existence and the oldest one still working.
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  • Day1

    Auf einen Sprung nach Brünn

    February 11, 2017 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Ich finde ja jede große Reise sollte auf einem Bahnhof beginnen. Am besten auf einem großen, altehrwürdigen, imperialen ... oder zumindest einem coolen architektonischen Gustostückerl ... oder Du denkst Dir: Wir könnten beim Zurückfahren noch schnell beim Tesco einkaufen und fährst mit dem Auto. Und zwar nach Brünn.

    Die Anreise in die zweitgrößte Stadt Tschechiens ging flux vonstatten und schon waren wir da - wir und der Hunger. Ein Glück dass unsere Nachbarn keine Freunde des Hungers sind und schon rettete uns das gemütliche Restaurant Kolkovna mit Mährischen Spatzen (Schweinsbraten), Gulasch und Bier vor dem ansonsten sicheren Tode. Yummy.

    Gut gestärkt schlenderten wir dann durch die Stadt und schließlich zur UNESCO Villa Tugendhat. Dort wurden wir mit den freundlichen Worten "all tours are sold out for months" begrüßt. "But you could visit the garden". Na gut, dann halt der Garten. Eh nett.

    Nach der kalten Wanderung war die abendliche Sauna im Hotel genau das Richtige. Herrlich. Sehr schönes Haus im übrigen: Barceló Brno Palace - kann ich wärmstens empfehlen, falls es wen von Euch hier in die Gegend verschlagen sollte.
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  • Day5


    July 13, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Baťa's functionalist town. Blocks and blocks of flats and factories, hotel Moskva, and also good vegan lunch, hip cafe, small cozy town, with a big university, mix of prewar, communist and contemporary styles.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Brno, Brünn, برنو, Горад Брно, Бърно, Брно, Μπρνο, ברנו, Բռնո, BRQ, ブルノ, ბრნო, 브르노, Bruna, ब्रनो, Брно ош, เบอร์โน, ברין, 布爾諾

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