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May 20, 2016 - Day 2 with Tom

Tom took Jim & myself to the town of Litomysli where we visited the home of a famous Czech composer & musician, Bedrich Smetana. He composed his first waltz at age 6, became deaf at age 50 and continued to compose industriously until his death in 1884 at age 60. He was the son of a brewer which sounds like a much more interesting career to me. Within a short walking distance was a castle (Nadrodni Kulturni Pamatka Zamek V Litomysli) which is on the UNESCO list. It was first mentioned in Czech Chronicles in 981. A new castle was built...

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May 19, 2016 - Day 1 with Tom

Jim & I are staying in the flat above Bohumil & Jindra's flat. Bohumil is a relative of Jim's on his mother's side. Jindra served us a nice breakfast. Then we hit the road with Tom for a full day of sight-seeing. First we visited a huge cave with stalagmites, stalactites, large calcium "falls" and so much more. We were even on a small boat for a while going through the cave. I might send out pictures after returning home. That took about 2 hours. Then we stopped for a delicious Czech lunch. Following that, we drove to a lookout to see a...

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May 18, 2016 - Travel Day

Making this quick. Wifi access will be hit & miss here in Czech Republic. Travel day went well. Flight from Chisinau to Munich, then flight to Prague. We said good-bye to DD in Munich as she was flying back to Phoenix. Rental car in Prague is a Peugeot. I set the GPS for Zdar nad Sazavou & we made it with no problem. Relatives were surprised that we arrived at 7:00 pm. After dinner & a bit of visiting with Tom, Jindra, & Bohumil, it was time for bed.

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May 17, 2016 - Chisinau Afternoon

The morning was spent in our usual low-key way: get up whenever, coffee for most of us, exercise bicycle for Jim. We went downtown for lunch via a cab. (Several days ago, we could not get a cab at this time of day.). We ate at The Smokehouse which was our lunch spot last Thursday. They were out of 2 of their 8 beers. Does that indicate a lot of drinking among the folks here! Vlad, one of the owners, suggested that we visit Dendrarium Park. It's like a.botanical garden.which we did. It was quite an after-lunch walk to get there. Some plants...

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May 16, 2016 - Good R & R Day

After being quite the tourists over the weekend, we decided that it was time to take it easy. I did several loads of laundry early this morning which the maid would have done, but she speaks no English, & I am quite particular about my laundry...cold water, gentle action, hang to dry. Jerry, Jim, & I walked to a local market for some junk food...potato chips & Snickers. We had lunch here at the ambassador's residence because the frig was stocked with lunch items. After a lazy afternoon of reading, watching a little tv, & napping, Jim & I...

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May 15, 2016 - To Odesa, Ukraine

On the road at 8:30 am. The drive to Odesa is 3.5 hours with a considerable stop at the border to check passports. It was NOT a smooth ride. Not only are the paved roads bumpy, but they rocked the van from side to side as well. For this day trip, there were 5 of us: Jim & Jerry Pettit plus the three of us. Andre, the driver for the ambassador, handled those chores yesterday & today. We arrived in Odesa at lunchtime, so that's the first item we took care of. Jim Pettit had been here with friends last year, so he knew a good spot for lunch....

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May 14, 2016 - Multiple Events

We are heading out early tomorrow, so I must make today's entry before I go to bed tonight. (It's just past noon Colorado time.) Jim & Jerry Pettit, DD, Jim, & I were picked up by the ambassador's driver at 10 am. In an hour's crazy drive, we were at Vila Etnica where we saw limestone caves at a distance. We drove up a narrow road with some sharp drop-offs to visit Butuceni, an old Moldovan church. Jim, the ambassador, told us that we had to be very quiet as we went down to a dark area where it was cool enough to see our breath! Jim said...

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May 13, 2016 - Weather & Winery

Today's forecast was correct - 100% chance of rain! Most of it occurred between noon and 5:00, and we didn't need to be outside much. Peter, the house manager at the ambassador's residence, prepared a delicious lunch of salmon, rice, and roasted red peppers. He called a driver to take us to the largest winery in the world, Milestii Mici. (The rate for the driver was 300 lei per hour which is about $15. He stayed with us for our outing...about 3 hours.) The entrance to the winery was 400 lei/person which is about $20. Not bad for what we...

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May 12, 2016 - Walking in Chisinau

We had a relaxing morning just hanging out at the ambassador's residence. The weather forecast looked great, so we ventured out for the entire afternoon & evening. No cab was available late this morning, so Peter, the house manager, said that he would drive us downtown. Peter speaks pretty good English so we gained a lot of information along the way. Oh, street construction. It could occur anywhere at any time with no advance warning. All of a sudden, lanes reduce to one & cars squeeze to fit into narrowed spaces. So glad that we aren't...

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May 11, 2016 - From Munich to Moldova

Up at 4:30 am & at the Munich airport at 6:15. We drove through quite a few patches of dense fog. Scary! Our flight took off on time & was uneventful. Waiting for us in Chisinau, Moldova was our friend, Jerry Pettit. After an exciting taxi ride from the airport to the ambassador's residence, we settled in & rested a bit. (Taxi driver drove fast, braked hard, & followed too closely at those speeds.) The residence was a hotel, so each bedroom has its own full bath. The hardwood floors and tiles are beautifully polished. Nice place for our...

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May 10, 2016 - Relaxing day

We had considered taking the train to Munich for a day of sight-seeing, but the very high chance of rain caused us to change our minds & stay in Wolfratshausen. The day involved walking, strolling through shops, eating & drinking. Our last happy hour & last supper with Rich were kind of sad, but we will see him again in the States in early June. We talked about the favorite things we did & what foods we enjoyed. For me, I thought the rafting trip was interesting, unusual, & involved a ton of work. My favorite beverage was their tasty dark...

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May 10, 2016 - Day 2

Day 2 and 3:Wow, day 2 and 3 already. The bike just arrived and we are ready to get out of Munich. Great place but its time for us to move on. We are looking forward to some new adventures. We have been to the historical Haufbrauhaus now twice. Guess it was a lot of fun the 1st time to go back. We spend the day getting the bike ready for the next several weeks of travel and now ready to move on. Experiences of the day(s): *Bike ride through Munich's Central Park. It was a sight to see! Naked people laying around enjoying the sun! We loved...

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