Checking out the Czechs

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
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Trip End Feb 14, 2007


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Saturday, September 2, 2006

Our Czech campsite was several miles outside Prague. We needed to catch a proper train from a very improper station. There was in fact no station, just two platforms and a graffiti covered sign. Anyhow a train stopped and we zoomed into the capital. Quite interesting on the way home when it was dark. The first challenge was to find the right graffiti covered sign and then we had to cross the tracks. We watched and it seemed the done thing just to step down and walk across. So we checked the line both ways and set off. Suddenly a high speed train appeared and gave us a loud blast. It wasn't too close but I can tell you we took care not to stumble over the tracks.

Unfortunately, the city centre was full of stag groups drinking beer and waiting for the "you can find everything you want here" night clubs to open. We did the beer bit but I couldn't convince Gill about the other!

We found the city to be full of beautiful buildings
and again full of history - some of it very recent. The history seemed pretty tragic. The Nazis had all but cleared out the Jews leaving a synagogue intact as a planned museum of a dead race. Then much more recently, a couple of students had set themselves alight in the main square to register their objection to the 1968 Russian suppression.

Finally in 1989, Czechoslovakia had been pretty slow to boot out the Russians when the Berlin wall fell in the so called velvet revolution.

We went to the museum of communism which is nicely sandwiched between a casino and McDonald's.


Charles bridge really was worth crossing particularly when we were there because we happened on an international dragon boat race event.
An interesting sport, lots of hard paddling and nobody knows who has won.

We have found that we can put pin entries only in the blog. So at last we are up to date with the countries but not at all up to date with the stories - lots to fill in when we get back next week.

The camper has clocked up 3000 miles which is about 12 times its recent annual mileage and the scary thing is that we are still 1500 miles from home. If we turn up the music we can't hear the squeaks and grating sounds that have developed but (touch wood) seem to be ignorable.

However we can load some photos at this internet cafe so here are a few - on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words

see you all soon
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Hi fron the sutties
We haven't fallen off the world but have had a really busy summer, not been home much at all. We are staying put now as money and holiday have run out and work must be done. I had an inset day on Friday and will start back in the classroom on Wed, still 2 days a week. Got some supply booked in as well. Moe went back to driving this week as well.

Work starts in the family bathroom on Monday, all the stuff is in the garage but I don't think I can find the loo roll holder - perhaps we didn't order this vital piece!! The work is meant to take 2 weeks and then we will have a large walk in shower and a black and white theme! We still have to decorate the en suite but will wait until all the work is done - too much dust!

We have been out and about all summer. I went up north to see the aunts as soon as I finished school. Sue was also there so that was nice, they are as well as can be expected at their advanced ages. I went up by train and all was well. Then I had a few days at home before we all left for the family holiday in France. Too many things to tell you about here - most of the time it was great but Moe and I did have sense of humour failures once! The houses were fantastic and were set in large grounds with gardens to string hammocks up, swings and bars for the children, a badminton court, a petanque area, green spaces and a very much used swimming pool. It wasn't very big but we all had such fun in it. The children spent hours in it what ever the weather! The water was quite chilly but Moe and I braved it every morning for a quiet swim. When they weren't in the pool the children were chasing crickets, lizards and other types of wildlife in the gardens and in the lane. They all had a great time - we think. Tina was a struggle at times but we got on well with shaun and Jane - more when I see you.
We travelled on the overnight ferry from Pompey and back from Caen, thenkfully both crossings were calm!

We were due to take the caravan to Devon after staying with Mike and Bethanne for a few days but on the Sunday when we returned the weather was so foul that we were on the internet to try and find a cancellation somewhere. This we did and 6 days later saw us travelling back to France by train to Avignon then a car hire at the station and a 30 minute drive to a town house in the Provencal village of Menerbes. It was delightful and gave us a chance to chill and recover from the 2 weeks - enjoyable but tiring! We even fitted in a few days to Devon in between which was fun. We ate out quite a few times and read books and went around locally to the neighbouring villages all set atop the hills. It is the most beautiful area. The weather was hot and sunny. When we were away with the family we had about 10 days of good weather and the rest was a little unsettled, but we only had one dinner inside!
Travelling by train was excellent and very relaxing, we wouldn't drive to the south of France again.

From our trip here we headed up to Sue's for a bit of a do the next day, return on Bank hol and had our New Zealand friend stay for a couple of nights. Busy!!

You seem to be having a great time, not sure about the gas though!! Any more near disasters!! Sailing looked great if you like that sort of thing which you obviously do and to me looks like hell of earth!! Do you like Prague - isn't it just lovely? Where else have you been? How did you get there? Where are you going next? When are you coming back? When do you go again?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope that you are both well, you cetainly look it, take care and hope to see you soon on your return.

Lots of Love Gill and Moe xxxx

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