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Central Bohemia

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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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  • Day14

    Lovely Prague

    September 12, 2017 in Czech Republic

    After spending one and a half day of sightseeing in Prague, we are both really impressed how gorgeous this city is - especially all the alleys with their old buildings and cobbled stone streets. Some of the sights we visited were the old town, the jewish quarter, the historic Charles bridge, and the Prague Castle with the St. Vitus Cathredal.
    Leaving this beautiful city behind us we continued cycling South - cresting again one mountain after another (yes, this part of Czechia is quite hilly).
    Right now we're at Matt's home in Sedlčany who is already our third Warmshowers host (we fell in love with the hospitality of the Warmshowers hosts!). Matt is British and teaches English at a local school. This morning we're visiting one of his classes to talk with his Czech students about our trip and everything that might interest them about us and Germany. Looking really forward to this experience! :)
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  • Day51

    Prague -day trip

    July 27, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Today we went on a tour to Kutná Hora 70km from Prague), a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site which gained its wealth thanks to its prosperous silver mines and became the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. It has hundreds of medieval and Baroque buildings including the former central royal mint, the interior of The Cathedral of St Barbara and the nearby Ossuary which is famous for its elaborate (bizarre) decorations made of more than 40,000 human bones! The outside of The Cathedral of St Barbara is even more outstanding than the inside with its Gothic architecture. Hopefully the photo will capture it. Although this is the second time Alan and I have seen the "Church of bones"/Ossuary/the Church of All Saints, I am still not sure what I think of it! It's one of those experiences where you can't quite come to terms with what it is but would not want to miss out on seeing it for yourself! Included in the tour was a 3-course traditional Czech lunch in an old Bohemian tavern. Czechs do like their cabbage! I DO like their apple strudel 😉Read more

  • Day40

    Kutna Hora

    July 27, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Day bus trip to Kutna Hora, a town 70 km outside Prague. First stop was Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Church)- qualifies as the creepiest place I've ever visited ( surpasses even the bone catacombs we visited under Paris). Then on to Kutna Hora- UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Originally a silver mine and where the coins where made centuries ago. Also has the beautiful st Barbara Church. She is the saint for silver mining. Back to Prague in the late afternoon for a cruise on the river.Read more

  • Day38

    More of them bones

    January 21, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Up again this morning, went down for breakfast. This morning they had frankfurt soup with sausage, I presume it was leftovers from the day before. We enjoyed a bit of vegemite and toast.
    Today we went on a tour to Kutná Hora which was an hour drive from Prague. We were a little disappointed with the previous two tours so we decided to try a new company. We were lucky as there were only 9 of us on the tour. The main reason to go out to Kutná Hora was to see the bone church that we had heard so much about. It is a church and inside it is decorated with bones. It was a very strange feeling being in there knowing that there were 60,000 skeletons used in the church. The ironic thing is people travelled from all over Europe to die and be buried in this cemetery as it was thought to be holy grounds and they have ended up as a tourist attraction. After the church we visited other things around the town. Talking to the guide they don't usually get snow and it is the coldest winter they have had in 5 years. Today it wasn't as cold. She said yesterday was -14 so no wonder we felt it. We had lunch at local pub, the kids had a chicken schnitzel that was as big as the dinner plate. I had beef cheeks and Dave had potato and mushroom soup & creamy beef. Tatiana tells us that they don't eat many vegetables and they eat what we had for lunch for lunch and tea. A bit more of a walk around town before heading back to Prague. It was a lovely day with a lovely group of people, a good way to finish. We saw the sun setting on the way home.
    When we got back we walked along the river as it was such a nice evening. We had planned to go out for tea as it was our last night but as we had such a late lunch none of us felt like eating. Tonight we have the daunting task of packing everything into our bags.

    Photos 1, 2, 3 - Sedlec Ossuary (bone church)
    Photo 4 - My lunch, it doesn't look that good, but it was yummy.
    Photo 5 & 6 - Charles Bridge at night
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  • Day30

    Kein guter Start in den Tag

    June 4 in Czech Republic

    Heute war fürchterlich.

    Nach einer guten Nacht im Zelt und kurzem Zuschauen beim Ruderwettbewerb wollten wir nur beim nächsten Supermarkt Frühstück erwerben...Leider kamen wir nie dort an.

    Der Weg dahin wurde immer steiler, immer waldiger und nach ca. 40 Min durch den Wald hochschieben befanden wir uns völlig nassgeschwitzt und genervt in einer Sackgasse. Wir beschlossen den Berg wieder herunter und zurück zu fahren, um dann an der Moldau weiter - dann eben ohne Frühstück.

    Nach einer weiteren Eisenbahnbrückenüberquerung gab es endlich einen Supermarkt und ein verdientes Frühstück an der Moldau.

    Dafür gab es heute eine Pension mit Blick auf die Moldau, um erstmal 4 Stunden zu schlafen! Es war wohl dringend notwendig :D

    Der restliche Tag war entspannt.

    Learning of the day: Immer das Terrain beachten. Nur wenige Meter vom Fluss kann es zu enormen Höhenunterschieden kommen. Bergetappen besser nach dem Frühstück planen. ;) (wi)
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  • Day30

    4 Wochen Rückblick

    June 4 in Czech Republic

    Rückblick in Zahlen des ersten Monats:

    29 Tage Reise
    davon
    27 Tag Radfahren
    2 Tage Pause
    Gefahrene km: 1.786km
    Durschnitts km pro Radtag: 66,1
    Max km/h: 70,6
    Min km/h: 6,0
    Camping Nächte: 10
    Warmshowers: 7
    Pensionen/Hotel: 12
    Pannen: 0
    Rad upgrades: 3 (wi)
    Fliegen verschluckt: 4 (jo)
    Fliegen im Auge: 3 (jo), 15 (wi)
    Wilde Tiere <20m:
    Fuchs: 3
    Storch: 20
    Hase: 3
    Blindschleiche: 10
    Reh: 2
    Wi, jo

  • Day27

    Der 1. Gang mein neuer Freund!

    June 1 in Czech Republic

    Der erste Tag mit Regen.
    Wir hatten uns extra ein Wecker gestellt, um früh los zu kommen, doch das ⛺ war noch nicht von der ☀ getrocknet. So kamen wir wie sonst auch los.
    Ein Ort weiter fingen die ersten Berge an. Mit 8 km/h ging es im 1.Gang bergauf.
    Kurz nach der Mittagspause war eine kleine schwarze Wolke über uns, die nach einer kurzen Ankündigung dann das Wasser aus Eimern herab ließ. Wir, zum Glück gerade vor einer Bushaltestelle, retteten uns ins trockene. Dreimal haben wir, nachdem der Regen nachließ, uns aufs Fahrrad geschwungen, um nach 200m (und erneutem Wolkenbruch) wieder den Rückzug in die dieselbe Bushaltestelle anzutreten.

    Highlight des Tages:
    Auf dem Weg zur Nahrungssuche landeten wir abends zufällig in einem schicken, versteckten, in Fels gehauen Restaurant, welches früher dem Kloster als Versteck und Bierlagerort diente. Jp
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  • Day5

    Dem Bones, Dem Bones...The Bone Chapel

    January 18, 2017 in Czech Republic

    Tuesday we traveled to Kuńta Hora to visit the Kostnice Seldec, also known as the Bone Church. It is said that the abbott of the Seldec monastery brought back soil from Palestine to this chapel in the 13th century. He then sprinkled the Holy Land soil all around the cemetery of this little church, making it the most sought after burial ground for all of Central Europe's aristocracy. After the Thirty Years War, they ran out of room to bury ppl so they exhumed those who had been buried there the longest and began piling them in the church to make room for the newly dead. They estimate there are about 40,000 different people's bones used in the church today.

    In about 1840, the family that owned the land at the time, the Schwarzenburgs, hired a woodcarver named F. Rink to create sculptures out of the bones to decorate the chapel and remind us all of the impermanence of life and that death is inescapable. Real cheery, isn't it?

    This is one of the 12 World Heritage ENESCO sites in the Czech Republic and it was fascinating to see and experience first hand. The chapel is still a part of the Roman Catholic Church, although I do not believe they hold Mass or any other church ceremony there anymore.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Středočeský kraj, Stredocesky kraj, Central Bohemia, إقليم بوهيميا الوسطى, Orta Çexiya diyarı, Сярэднячэшскі край, Средночешки край, Rannvro Kreiz Bohemia, Srednjočeški kraj, Bohèmia Central, Вăта Чех ен, Centralbøhmen, Bohemya Merkezi, Mezbohemia regiono, Región de Bohemia Central, Kesk-Tšehhi maakond, Erdialdeko Bohemia, منطقه بوهمی مرکزی, Keski-Böömin lääni, Bohême-Centrale, Bohemia Central, Središnja Češka, Közép-csehországi kerület, Daerah Bohemia Tengah, Boemia centrale, 中央ボヘミア州, ცენტრალური ბოჰემიის მხარე, 중앙보헤미아 주, Vidurio Čekijos kraštas, Centrālčehijas apgabals, Средночешки крај, Wilayah Bohemia Tengah, Midden-Bohemen, Sentralböhmen, Boèmia Centrala, Kalibudtang Bohemian Labuad, Kraj środkowoczeski, Boêmia Central, Regiunea Boemia Centrală, Среднечешский край, Stredočeský kraj, Средњочешки крај, Mellersta Böhmen, Центральночеський край, مرکزی بوہیمیائی علاقہ, Čechy Trung, Butnga nga Bohemia, 中波希米亚州

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