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Up early as we were off on the optional extra to "Cesky Krumlov in Czech Republic", (another country) the Jewel of Bohemia, a quaint town that is protected by UNESCO & must be restored to its former medieval glory.
Our guide Peter shared the following
- Linz township has a strong steel & plastic industry
- average farm in Austria is 25 ha & milks about 10 cows
- quite a number of Czech words have no vowels, he sad an interesting ...
... home in the afternoon in time for a siesta and the Tour de France on telly.
And now we're off home.
A glance at the featured map would lead anyone to think we were jet setters with nothing better to do with our time or money; but our zigzagging journey thru' Europe worked for us and we've thoroughly enjoyed our holiday.
Best of all we've been able to enjoy time with family and friends in the Netherlands, England, France and Croatia. That's the good ...
The moment we went over the border from Germany to the Czech Republic things looked different. Germany is booming along and is vibrant, colourful, neat and tidy and looks very prosperous! In comparison poor old Czech countryside had a sad, neglected, run down air. Most homes don't have frivolous thing like gardens or window pots, nearly all of them need a "lick of paint" I'd say there's no money for things like that. ...
... location in the movie as the original location is now owned by Harvard and they didn't want the tourist traffic so they gave it to some palace on the outskirts of town. We all traipsed out of the bus to get a photo and some of those keen travellers sang "I Am 16 Going on 17" Also in this location is the avenue of trees where Maria and the children rode bikes (from memory, that avenue was located beside the river in the movie, not the case in reality). We also ...
... 1500 and continued into the 1600-1700's.
It is privately owned with parts of the castle open to the public. We walked through the Gate Tower into a passageway that was no doubt built to protect the castle, into the Arcaded courtyard.
The castle has three levels, the top two with a verandah decorated by deer antlers - heaps of them , but tastefully exhibited.
We ventured into several rooms. The first was ...