Archive for June, 2011

Bohemian Paradise

June 27, 2011 8 comments

We are staying just outside the Czech National Park of Cesky Raj, translated as Bohemian Paradise. More pictures and less words for this one.

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Krumlov Graphite Mine

June 27, 2011 4 comments

We thought a little educational trip down the mine may entail something along the lines of “pay the money, walk in, see a nice cavern, hear a bit about the history, walk out, gift shop, sorted”. Nothing could be further from the truth apart from “pay the money” and the gift shop.

As we paid, we were asked to assemble in a genuine 1960’s communist prefab, then given full overalls, miners hats and torches and wellies.

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Cesky Krumlov – the Five Petal Rose Festival

June 20, 2011 15 comments

With the opportunity to spend a few days in the beautiful UNESCO town to Cesky Krumlov, we all head across the Czech Republic, from blazing sunshine into pouring rain. We have come for the famous Five-petalled rose festival, a 3 day extravaganza of Renaissance costumes, historic music, knights jousting and lots of pig knuckles cooked on fires downed with flagons of local beer. The festival name comes from the Rožmberk crest of a 5 petal red rose, which is celebrated on the weekend of summer solstice.

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Across Europe – autobahn:not what it says on the tin.

June 17, 2011 3 comments

With two stops, one near Koblenz and the other near Regensburg, we hopped across Europe. Kallmenz, our second stop near Regensburg and a two nighter, was very picture postcard – ruined castle on the hill, cobbled streets and an old bridge over the river. We stayed in an uber-clean and friendly pension and took the owners advice of a bike ride along the river. With a few outings for a bit of drawing practice and some night photos, we liked the place. Read more…

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Belgium – you may want to go to Holland, Sir!

June 17, 2011 Leave a comment

We stayed in a campsite that used to be a Spanish fort made of sand, the Fort of Bedmar, on the outskirts of the town of De Klinge. If any film director is looking for a completely empty town to film a post apocalyptic 1950’s style film, De Klinge is the perfect place. No need to even remove the residents, they don’t go out of their houses and the place is deserted!
The campsite owner summed it up, “if you want anything decent to see or eat, go to Holland”.

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No beer in Beer – The Devon Hors d’ouvres

June 12, 2011 4 comments

We stayed our first week in the seaside town of Seaton. A slightly jarring mix of quaint old and grotty new, applicable in equal amounts to architecture and clientele. The slightly crusty element does have advantages though, one being Byrne Jones, a cross between a museum of Victorian grooming products (one suspects they still crush the local stones for toothpaste) and an ultra-modern photo reprographic laboratory. Our one successful purchase though

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Seaton in Devon

June 12, 2011 1 comment

The last 6 days were hell. Some days from 4am until midnight, we NEVER realised how much was involved in getting ready to travel whilst getting the house in some order. The poor van had it tough, in the end the packing just failed us and we added tons of non-essentials, to the point where the van was on the stops and the tyres were grinding on the wheelarches around the corners. (on arrival, we realised that the edges of the tyres are now sliced into the rubber.)
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