Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
13Trip End Nov 13, 2006
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My last mail was a bit rushed due to extortionate rates at the email centre/Bagel restaurant so here I am to plug in a few details..
The walk through the vinyards wasn't just any old walk, we were walking along the fomer Iron curtain with the electric poles still there. Now it's an ideal cycle lane through the couunty. A vast improvement! There is nothing growing down the path due to heavy pesticide use. It's such recent history you can feel it in the air. The locals no dount even more so, as their memory of strict border restrcitions and death to those who try to venture over must be all too clear
The wine tasting was a bit hit and miss. It's more a white then red wine area, and I'm not big on whites. However they tasted clean and spicy on the whole. I got to try Straw wine and Ice wine. Both were desert wines and tasted roughly like syrup. The reds were interesting with medium flavors but not great lenght and punch. All exept one with was so exception I had to buy a bottle.
The walk in the coutry around the lake was around the world heritage village of Lednice near the Lichtenstein castle. It was very established parkland. I'm no expert but I'd say the Oak tree's were 200-300 years old as they were bigger in girth than any I've seen in NZ. I was simply in awe of the beauty all around. The other village we visted was Valtice, another world hertiage site. Both were very small and worlds away from the tourists and endless souvenier shops of Prague.
I've asked Clare what she wants me to mention as her highlights, and she said the little dogs! The jumping Chihuahua protecting Cesky Krumlov Catsle was pretty fearce I admit. It's fuuny, but these small European towns have an abudance of small European dogs. Rather an amusing site to see a manicured furball on a lead pulling it's owner along. She also want me to mention she walked up every hill up to every castle and down again, plus the carting the heavy backpack city to city without breaking a sweat. The tour leader had beads glistening through the makeup she put on each day. Not a good look apparently.
There was an upset tummy though on our early morning bus ride, and I had to hold the driver as Clare (how should I say)utilised one of the bus stop bins.
I don't know how I managed the 3 early starts on the trip of 7.10am, 5.30am and the last day at 5.40am so easily, as I'm not a morning person, but needs must. I'm getting habituated to a lack of sleep and am worried I may never be able to sleep in again! It's a relief to have the tour over in that way. Roll on England and a week to cathing up with old friends.