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Cesky Krumlov - Czech Republic

A jewel near the Austrian border

-15 °C

A long bus trip from Prague lead us to the castle Cesky Krumlov, an ancient castle in very good condition surrounded by a moat. We walked around the paremeter inspecting all the interesting architecture and diversity. Many quaint shops dotted the streets and snow made this magnificient sight.

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We trekked to the top of the castle even though it was closed for the winter and found a snow covered city below. We also saw historic wall murals, courtyards and the entrance to the vast, seasonsal garden above the castle grounds. During seasonal months, the castle crypt, interior, stables and gardens are open. We hope to return when the sun shines, perhaps during summer.

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Prague - Breathtaking

The wondeful old world chalm of Prague

sunny -15 °C

My friends had told me Praha was an absolute wonderland, but seeing is believing; simply the most picturesque place I have seen to date. We arrived from the airport by bus and train and could not believe how amazing our hotel was; we had found it on a last minute site 4 days ago. After unpacking we set out on a brief exploration of the local area in search of food. We found a quaint underground restraunt with excellent food. The next morning (early) it was a quick walk to the castle on the hill 'Hradcany Castle'. Stopping on the way up for a photo over the city.

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Lots of walking today; there was too much to see to use public transport at this stage. The Charles Bridge gives endless photo opportunities and I am sure we crossed it at least 20 times during our stay. The sunset clouds the cities waterways in a cool winter mist making for yet another photo opprotunity.
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Souvenir shopping is an experience when we were looking for some glasses for a friend's birthday back home. So many choices, we walk all over the city looking for something unique and fitting. We found what we liked and after some persuasive talking we managed to get the salesman to mix and match two sets to make the one we wanted. The pairs of glasses were the same color but we wanted a his & hers (blue and pink) set, so he liked our idea and made the switch.

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On one of our walking adventures near the observatory I managed to loose my footing on the icy ground and crashed, landing on my shoulder and the camera slaming into my ribs. I suffered for the next few days, but Liara put up with me as I did have a collection of bruises, nothing broken though. On one of our many walks we decided to head to the tower on the hill for dinner. On the way we came across a restraunt refered as 'Hell' 'Peklo in czech' it was in an underground wine cellar and so called because the gardens above were so heavenly. The atmosphere and meals were simply amazing. A unique restaurant in the 12th-century wine cellar of the cloister of Premonstratesian order http://www.peklo.com

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This country has so much to offer. The charles bridge is an icon but only one of the many treasure to explore. I have not walked this much for ages. By day or night there is a truely unique atmosphere to be found. I need to spend a lot more time here, but when?

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Visiting Friends in England

Headed to hook to visit friends and explored london

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I travelled from Halifax via New York (again) to London whilst Liara came from Halifax via St Johns. We met up at Heathrow and continued on to Hook where Liara's friends live. I nice quiet area, very pieceful for night walks. The next day we did the touristy thing and headed in to London to see Big Ben, Tower of London and Westminster on foot. Then boarded a hop on hop off sights bus. Since Liara is a semi-vegetarian I thought it was fitting to juxtapose her with a Beefeater.

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Winchester Cathedral has its origins in the 7th century, when a Christian Church was first built on this sitein Hampshire http://www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/. We explored Hampshire and the surrounding area with our firend form Hook before returning for another evening stroll near their home.

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Not far from where they live is a lovely creekside path with ducks swimming and children playing in the nearby park. It made for a very pleasent end to lovely day touring. On the way home along the creek we spotted and interesting Cottage. Couldn't resist this photo opportunity, it reminded so much of the cottages I had seen in books.

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