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    • Day1

      Tag 1

      August 19, 2021 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      Was ein ereignisreicher Tag!

      Nach einem guten Frühstück im Hotel ging es um 10 Uhr zum Altmarkt in Dresden. Hier haben wir unser Roadbook erhalten und ein paar Einweisungen bekommen. Zu unserer Überraschung kamen Freunde aus Mainz zum Start um uns nochmal viel Glück zu wünschen.

      Und dann ging es auch schon um 11:50 Uhr für uns über die Startlinie - das Abenteuer kann beginnen!

      Nachdem wir uns erstmal durch das englischsprachige Roadbook während der Fahrt lesen mussten, haben wir doch tatsächlich die Ausfahrt Richtung „Bohemien Paradise“ verpasst. Also Planänderung - wir nehmen die Route über Prag und versuchen uns neben der heutigen täglichen Challenge (Foto auf Sandstein mit tschechischem Bier und Utopenec) an der heutigen Detour Aufgabe: Foto von uns vor einer Franz Kafka Statur. Kurzum - wir haben’s geschafft und noch einen guten Espresso im jüdischen Viertel getrunken.

      Danach ging’s weiter Richtung Church of Bones - hier hat dann allerdings die Zeit nicht mehr so mitgespielt… also sind wir direkt Richtung Etappenziel Mähren gefahren.

      Jetzt ist es stockduster und wir haben endlich einen Schlafplatz gefunden 🙌🏼

      Zelt aufbauen - Absacker trinken - und Gute Nacht!

      Morgen gehts früh wieder raus!

      Liebe Grüße
      Euer Hopfenkommando
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      Schickes Outfit... [Kushanku]

      8/20/21Reply
       
    • Day29

      Entering the Tatra Mountains

      June 27, 2020 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      For today, we had planned a shorter trip. This gave us some time to have breakfast with Ondrej and share some bike touring experiences as well as information about our cultures. In general, we missed these conversations in the Czech Republic due to a language barrier. Our Czech is basically non-existent, so when people addressed in a friendly away (probably) asking about our trip, we had to admit we don't understand anything. Unfortunately, they usually didn't speak English or German either.
      Anyways, we hit the road after breakfast and started straight away with some climbing. The Eastern part of the Czech Republic is quite hilly and reminded us of the Bavarian lower Alps. The mountains are part of the Tatra region which belong to the Carpatian Mountains.
      The second part of the route followed a river. It was steady, but really easy climbing, so we arrived at our campsite before 3pm already. This gave us some time to do laundry, relax and have a last beer.
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    • Day28

      Traditional folklore evening

      June 26, 2020 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      The start of the day wasn't too good. It rained half of the night, so we didn't sleep to well. At 7:15am it stopped raining and we had a 1 hour window to get ready, pack up our stuff and have breakfast (standing). Then the rain started again. We decided to have a coffee to wait it out and left when it stopped again at 9.
      The first part of our ride was difficult as well, all headwinds and lots of puddles on the bike trails and roads. At some stage, we followed a smaller path. But the mud stuck to the tires, so they wouldn't roll anymore. We had to clean it up as much as possible and push the bikes to the next road.
      Luckily, things got better afterwards. The wind turned more to Southern direction which even pushed us a little. The bike path then led along a canal and was paved, so no more mud and only a few puddles now. We saw lots of people relaxing on houseboats on the canal. The region and scenery reminded us of the Netherlands.
      At about 5pm, we arrived in Zlin, our destination for the night. We still had some time before our warmshowers host expected us, so tried some icecream. The Czechs love icecream, you see small shops all around.
      When we arrived at Ondrej's, he gave us a warm welcome. At night, he was going to play a concert with his traditional Moravian folklore band and invited us to come and watch. We cooked up some pasta and then headed to the bar. The concert was really cool. The music was different, but we enjoyed it. They played mainly happy songs and the other people in the bar danced and sang along.
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      Traveler

      Wow! Looks fun.

      6/28/20Reply
      Traveler

      Great adventure!

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    • Day2

      Tausch gelungen !

      August 23, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      In Dresden mussten wir eine rote Büroklammer in etwas gelbes, schwereres tauschen. Dieses gelbe Badesalz haben wir soeben in Roznov gegen etwas blaues getauscht. Siehe Wasserflasche. In der Slowakei suchen wir nachher nach etwas Grünem zum Tauschen.... Wissta bescheid 😉Read more

      Hallo ihr beiden, cool, da hat unser Badesalz gute Dienste geleistet 😉 wir wünschen euch noch weiterhin viel Glück und Erfolg 😀

      8/23/19Reply
      Traveler

      Boah, so schwere Aufgaben

      8/23/19Reply
      Traveler

      Das sind mit Abstand die leichtesten. Hier wird einem so einiges abverlangt... Fotos kommen dann irgendwann

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    • Day30

      Luhacovice Concert 3

      July 22, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Following the CYO there was a quick stage reset and then CYCh along with soloists Brigith Benny and Millie O'Neil dazzled in Will Todd's Mass in Blue.

      The choir are also absolutely on the top of their game at the moment and their performance was always soulful, beautiful and sensitive when needed and suitably jazzy throughout; Brigith and Millie also did an awesome job! The accompanying band of Yannick Bhatt on bass, Amy Dolphin on sax, Sam Mainard on kit and Andy 'is there anything this guy can't do' Johnson on piano played fantastically too, it was an amazing performance all round of a fabulous choral work, and the standards that are being achieved by CYCh are a real credit to themselves and to Beth...we can't wait for their next performance!Read more

      Traveler

      Thank you so much - never knew what that tune was called :)

      7/23/18Reply
      Traveler

      Hi think what i have seen,and heard is wonderfull,welldone all of you.

      7/23/18Reply
       
    • Day84

      Ukraine - Slowakei nach Tschechien

      September 1, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Gestern haben wir uns in der Ukraine noch die ganz nette Grenzstadt Uschgorod mit Schloss und 2 km langer Flusspromenade mit Lindenalle angeschaut, sind dort essen gegangen und haben dort übernachtet. Am nächsten Morgen den 01.09 haben wir an der Grenze zur Slowakei 7 Std. gewartet weil die überpingeligen EU-Zollbeamtem jedes Auto zigmal auf den Kopf stellen, so wie auch schon an der Türkisch/Bulgarischen EU-Aussengrenze wo wir 10 Std warten mußten, kaum zu glauben und gegenüber den stundenlang wartenden Menschen mit kleinen Kindern, eine große Diskriminierung.
      Überhaupt fand ich die Slowaken schön etwas unfreundlich, (nicht nur den Zöllner) zumal uns Abends beim parken in einem Dorf ein alter Herr weggejagt hat obwohl wir auf der anderen Straßenseite gegenüber seinem Haus standen. So unfreundliche Leute haben wir bisher noch nie erlebt. Wenigstens die Landschaft hier im Tatra Gebirge ist schön wie im Schwarzwald.
      Wir schauen uns das hübsche UNESCO Bergdörfchen Vlcolinec an und fahren bei z.T stärken Regen, weiter über Trentschin in die Tschechei wo wir am Kloster Velehrad ca.75 km vor Brünn übernachten.
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    • Aug23

      Slowakei Richtung Ungarn

      August 23, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Nach einem kurzen Blick ins Roadbook wollen wir als erstes zum Chopok fahren. Partnertausch 🙈 lassen wir bleiben - Witze haben wir schon beim Frühstück erzählt. Sowohl Hans als auch ich haben den Chopok als Inbegriff höchsten Skiglücks in Erinnerung. Hans kam aus der hohen , wir aus der niederen Tatra . In jedem Falle war die Anreise recht aufopferungsreich , für mich damals nicht zuletzt auf Grund der verschiedenen regionalen Ausdünstungen in den überfüllten Bussen und Zügen. Zurück kam nur , wer professionell drängeln konnte. Meine sehr große Schwester Claudia hat mal 6 rohe Eier unbeschadet zurück nach Kraliky bekommen - eine echt herausragende Meisterleistung..
      Es geht vorbei an großen Strommasten, Maisfeldern und architektonisch wertvollen Industriebauten.
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    • Day30

      Luhacovice

      July 22, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      So I mentioned that only 60 second clips are permitted on Find Penguins (I believe colleagues are uploading longer clips and full performances on Facebook) and I have to apologise for the clip of the Force of Destiny as I think it basically stopped before the very final note?! As a submission for "most musically frustrating extract" I think it stands a chance - you'll all have to sing the last note yourselves!

      The weather has taken a bit of a turn today and as you'll see from the shots as we walked back to the theatre from the restaurant it has been raining; although it's still very warm. The meal was NOT meat and chips, although unbelievably there was some indignation with this fact from some quarters, and "where's my meat and fries" could be heard being whispered...well I never!!

      Instead it was good old spaghetti bolognese, which was very nice! Pudding was also the most sickly toffee profiterole that I've ever had, I managed about a quarter although Harry Nellis had no problems hoovering up my leftovers, and Sam A's..and Josh's...and Sam M's - it really was an impressive feat!

      I also mentioned the media interest and was delighted when asked if I could do an interview for the local TV station to be able to say "I've got a MUCH better idea!".

      Needless to say Richard and Beth were only too happy to help out!
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    • Day30

      Luhacovice Concert 2

      July 22, 2018 in Czech Republic ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

      The CYO kicked us off for concert two with a superb performance of Verdi's Force of Destiny overture. Then Andy Johnson, sensational musician that he is, amazed everyone again by showing just how soloistic a tuba can be when in the hands of someone so good! The Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto is fiendishly difficult in places (for soloist and orchestra!) but you wouldn't have thought it to listen, an extremely professional job. And to finish the orchestra gave us the wonderful music from the Cowboys by John Williams.

      The concert has sparked the interest of the local media who are here filiming and reporting, and there's another very appreciative audience of over 100 who have come out to support the students; another plus is the venue has air conditioning!

      An orchestra on top of its game now, goosebumps a-go-go (especially in the encore - Nimrod!) from a very proud sectional coach, well done Mr. Roper and the whole orchestra!
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      Traveler

      Wow, fabulous as ever! ♥️

      7/22/18Reply
      Traveler

      These musical snatches are gold dust for us adoring fans who can’t be there- thank you. And thank you to the musicians-keep being amazing!

      7/22/18Reply
      Traveler

      It's brilliant to be able to hear them. Great stuff ! Mark & Toni

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    • Day8

      Fahrtag Richtung Slowakei

      July 27 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Heute stand ein Fahrtag Richtung Slowakei auf dem Programm. Und es hat richtig Spaß gemacht 😃unser Navi führte uns als erstes zurück nach Polen auf kleinen kurvigen Nebenstraßen ging es durch die Berge. Die Straßen sind hier in sehr gutem Zustand, so daß es doppelt so viel Spaß macht hier lang zu cruisen. Am späten Nachmittag haben wir Olmütz in der Tschechei erreicht, hier haben wir uns erst mal bei Lidl mit Grundnahrungsmittel eingedeckt.
      Kurz vor der Slowakischen Grenze haben wir auf einem dieser kleinen gemütlichen Campingplätze unser Zelt aufgebaut und werden hier die Nacht verbringen.
      Morgen geht es dann weiter in die Hohe Tatra.
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    Zlínský kraj, Zlinsky kraj, Zlín

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