Crossing borders

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Wednesday, June 11, 2008

10/6-12/6

Bratislava is very small in comparison to its neighboring capitals Vienna and Budapest. It really isn't all that exciting and I wouldn't bother coming here. In spite of that we did have a nice wander and the weather was a perfect 30 degrees. We walked up to the castle which looks over the city, and found that it didn't look so good up close and the whole thing was being renovated. We decided to splurge a bit and have lunch in one of the touristy areas, but it was very tasty and we didn't have to eat tea that night so I suppose it all worked out. Before we left Bratislava the next day we went for a bit of a sun bake and a swim in the lake. Yes that's right, a swim! The water was nice and clear and cool, and we enjoyed it very much.

Today we were heading for Brno, Czech's second city and capital of the Moravia Region. To get here the quickest way was to drive through Austria and then into the Czech republic. We actually had our first border check, when going into Austria. We showed our passports and Dave said hello in slovakian, and the border guy replied something very gruffly. Turns out he was saying the that you are in Austraia now and that is not how you say hello! He then smiled and sent us on our way, all with out a stamp in our passport. We didn't arrive until 5pm and the clouds had come over so we visited the tourist office and went for a quick wander before heading for a camp ground. It was quiet a nice town but it didn't have anything special about it.

The camp site we stayed at was in the middle of nowhere on the road to Prague. We chose it basically because it had washing facilities and we really need to do a load. We got excited when they said they had internet, and then disappointed when our computer wouldn't connect! But the clothes got washed and we were treated to a good old thunder storm.

Dave had read about a little town called Kutna Hora which was not far from Prague, so we thought we would stop in on our way. It is a lovely medieval town with a great cathedral and lots of little ally ways and cobble stone streets. One of the main attractions of this town is the Bone chapel, which we thought we would have a little look at. It seems that the cemetery around this little chapel was taking up to much space back in the 15th century so the monks decided to exhume a hole heap of graves to make more space for the towns folk. The bones were then piled up around the chapel until one monk decided they would be better inside. He then thought it would be nice to make things out of the bones, of course....... Inside were 4 pyramids a chandelier and the schwarzenberg coat of arms. It was all a little weird and the place was very musty and I felt like I tasted the decaying bones of 40,000 people, so we left and got some fresh air.

We arrived in Prague and found a camp site just 4kms from town. Everything seems to be good, and we have set up the awning and tarp, hoping the weather will warm up for tomorrow. We are meeting Bel and Amy tomorrow which should a bit of fun.

Miles so far: 6102
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