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Trosky

July 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Another castle, another opportunity for an epic bike ride in searing heat. This time to the famous twin castle of trosky. Built on top of two volcanic towers that forced their way up through the soft chalk before the chalk wore away, these symbols of the Bohemian Paradise are worth a visit.

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Jested

July 27, 2011 4 comments

The TV tower from late 60’s and early 70’s is a real landmark in these parts, partly through it’s striking architecture, and partly because it is built on the highest hill around. The cable car for the winter ski season takes you up past the ski jumps, where we watch someone completely mad do a jump on the dry ski slope and anyone who has fallen on a dry ski slope knows how much it hurts if you get it wrong.

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Steam train theatre

July 23, 2011 1 comment

Whilst picking my mum up from the train station, I noticed a small advert for the “First Steam Train Theatre through the Bohemian Paradise”. With very little more information to go on, we turned up the following Saturday at 9.00am and duly waited with about 50 people on the empty platform.

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Blowin in the wind

July 16, 2011 Leave a comment

We were all minding our own business in the garden when, literally touching distance above us, this massive hot air balloon passed overhead. Not having the camera to hand, I rushed up stairs, grabbed the camera and ran to the nearby dyke to get a view of the balloon as it passed by the sun.

 

 

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Kozakov – the hunt for stones and views

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

Inspired by our garnet collecting, we had heard that Kozakov Hill was the place for semi-precious stones. A trip was planned that took in the streams where semi-precious stones can be found, together with a hike to the tallest lookout tower in the area. This linked in with a return leg to the bikes (that had been dropped off in another valley) before a return to the van.

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Adam’s bed – the setting for ANTWORLD

July 12, 2011 Leave a comment

As part of the kids literacy work, they are embarking on an imaginary story. As any teacher will know better than we do, there is more to writing a story than writing a story. The setting, atmosphere, character need full consideration, usually a couple of days of acting and play imagination will be required before any paper is issued. This is followed by a couple more days of drawing and photographing and further imagination.

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Midnight Jacuzzi

July 10, 2011 Leave a comment


We went for the weekend to Zlenice to visit my Aunt and Uncle (the same Helena and Jozka that were gigging a couple of weeks ago.) Before we knew it, we were being treated to a midnight Jacuzzi on the terrace, under the stars with a glass of champagne. A most relaxing start to a busy weekend of cycling and canoeing on the nearby Sazava.

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