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Jun 10, 2018 - Mikulov to Brno - Second day on the road

Stage 2 - 83 Kms Today I discovered a very important piece of information that might go far in providing me with more equilibrium while travelling these strange roads in The Beast. I discovered that the route the GPS chooses to take is NOT the route that is on the maps all the riders are using (and that I had so naively thought I could simply follow), so the exercise in frustration has been me wondering why I was nowhere near where I thought I should be in comparison to the maps I have on my cell phone and on Piotr's route list. For...

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Jun 17, 2016 - Lednice Castle

June 17 Our last day in Brno :( Today we took another beautiful ride through the country to see the summer residence of the Liechtensteins. This Palace and grounds reminded me of The Palace of Versailles in France but on a smaller scale. So very opulent and preserved in pristine condition. The Liechtensteins used this only for the summer months as their permanent residence was not far away in Valtice. After our tour we had Weiner schnitzel at the Grand MOravian Hotel and then headed back to Brno to return the car. For dinner we walked...

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Jun 16, 2016 - Punkva Caves and Pernstein Castle

JUne 16 Today we picked up a rental car from the airport. Yay we have wheels! We took a tour out in the country and visited the Punkva Caves - one of 5 Caves in the MOravian Karst. Jim got to show off his knowledge of materials and geology. The first part of the tour was walking through the dry part of the caves and then you take a boat tour through the remainder. The caves are light up with spot lights and in particularly dramatic sections there is a sound system that plays beautiful music (eg. Ava Maria). We were not able to capture the...

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Jun 15, 2016 - Rainy day in Brno

June 15 It was a rainy day today so we decided to spend it underground. Went to view the underground tunnels and crypts under Brno where thousands of skeletons were discovered and a maze of tunnels that used to serve as cold food storage and various sundry other things (corporal punishment). The topographical map of Brno showed how the city was originally protected by an inner city wall or fortress with 5 gates. In the evening we went to the Italian opera - Tosca. Interestingly of all - it was Jim's idea!!! Thank God for us there was...

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Jun 14, 2016 - Strolling in Brno

JUne 14 Today we slept in and then went on a walking tour of Brno with Cindy, our private tour guide. Rob had to work :( We walked up a hill through a beautiful park to Spilberk Castle where we saw a free photo exhibit of war images from Afghanistan and Kosovo. Poked around the castle and saw some great views of the city and then went down to stroll through the streets of beautiful Brno where Cindy provided us with a great walking tour of the key sites - the old and new city halls, Petrov church, the market and other landmarks. Had a great...

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Jun 13, 2016 - Travel to Brno

June 13 Travelled by student bus from Vienna to Brno today. The bus was a luxury coach with free movie selection and cappuccinos for the small sum of $20 each! Much cheaper than the train, as Rob and Cindy had told us. The student bus is not actually a bus for students. It is called that apparently because as a service, they are continually learning. Cindy met us at the bus station and brought us back to their lovely apartment. Had dinner and then went for a big walk around the city. As they had mentioned, Brno was built by some of the...

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May 3, 2011 - More town squares

I hope everyone enjoyed the back-to-back long weekends. After the rest day at Plzen came Tabor, a 15th century city founded by the Hussite sect. This provides the link between the word Bohemian and the meaning 'non-conformist': the sect believed in communal ownership of everything. The old town consists of narrow winding cobbled lanes leading to a large square. I was becoming a bit jaded by all these beautiful old town squares but this was cured the following day. The next stop was Telc, a small town with a population of 6000, famous for...

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Reboot Tour 2011

Dec 9, 2010 - Brno - Dec 6-9

December 6, 2010 Elizabeth woke up this morning with a bad hangover and still feeling quite sick. After finally getting up and out we packed our bags and left our room. We were heading on today but at least the journey was to be a short one. We had a choice of trains but decided to get a later one so we could both recover a little and it would give us time to get some food. Given that I wasn’t sure how much Elizabeth would eat we decided to pick somewhere quick, easy and cheap – yep, McDonald’s! Thankfully she was able to eat most of her...

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Apr 3, 2007 - Prague to Brno

Up early to catch the metro across to the bus station. The bus left right on time at 9:00am and the trip should take 2 and a half hours. Unfortunately there was an accident on the highway just outside Prague and the traffic stood still for almost one hour. At least there was a TV on board and we watched a stange Czech movie about a book seller who convinced his family he was making extra money as a violin player but who actually was dressing up as a waiter and collecting the money from customers before doing a runner. After the movie there...

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Dec 6, 2006 - The Song of the Happy Ethnocentrist

Odd, odd, I could swear last time I checked it was June. And now my time in Europa this time round is running shy. My diss defense is in less than a week in Big Smoke, and still I think more about the new architecture going up outside Paris in La Defense than about la defense... denial is always a comfy spot, no? Brno is the 10th city in the past 21 days, a veritable Cook's tour of misplaced apostrophes, rolling countryside, tasty cheez comestibles and hotel rooms distinguished by the bathroom being left of the door, or right of the door....

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Jun 15, 2005 - Brno, Czech Republic

Arrived here via bus...found eventuallÿ the "hotel" listed in the LP as a HI hostel...it is a student dorm building...Mari now has the stomach stuff and Bon is getting much better. We went to movie, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", what fun!! Today(16th) we took public transport(train and bus) to Blansko and then to Morocha Ravine, Skalni Mlyn which is a series of limestone caves discovered quite long ago by Neanderthal people but recently (1909!) rediscovered and now protected for their natural and scientific value. Fossil remains of...

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May 14, 2005 - DAY 4: Blansko and the Moravian Karst

First thing Saturday morning we booked it to the train station (in Brno) to catch an early train to Blansko. We knew we had to move quick to get to the Moravian Karst as we knew the last bus up to Skalni Mlyn was at 11:30. We arrived at Blansko just after 10:00 am and had to get to the information centre to find a place to stay. We practically ran 2 km with our packs to get there! Thankfully the lady at the info centre was wonderful. She spoke great english and was able to phone the 2 places that were recommended in our book. Both were...

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