The Autobahn...and Schloss Wurzen

Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

So now we know what the the actual real German Autobahn's like. We had lines of 2 or 3 cars overtaking at a good 200 klicks, easy. Dave followed one at about 160 - 165 for a while, but, with no fairing, his head was about to tear off and bounce down the road behind him. Not a good look. You can crouch over the tankbag no worries but we weren't in enough of a hurry. He wishes he'd been on Di's bike though. Just for a couple of hours...

We were on the autobahn because our GPSs decided to take us on a tour of every single village in a 20 km radius of Prague, when we actually wanted to go to Germany. After going through some places so obscure even the Czech government doesn't know about them we had to reset the horrible gadgets to include the motorways and make some time up. Through some tunnels in CZ. Out the last one - we're in Germany. 130 speed limit for a few kays, then - the big "no limit" signs. Warp speed Mr Sulu.

There'a lot of pictures of our hotel in Wurzen on this page. Well, it's not everyday we get to stay in a genuine medieval castle. We were stoked. It has it's own Wikipedia page. You'll have to hit translate up the top. And it's beautiful. Inside the fabness continues. The dining room walls and shelves are lined with the stuffed carcases and hides of various animals like wild boars which we presume were hunted by past owners and residents. The breakfast room was laid out with enough serious German breakfast food for a small army. And it was excellent VFM. A lot cheaper than we had any right to expect and it included this vast selection for brekkie in the tarriff.

It was built between 1491 & 1497 and has had a pretty colourful history since. Anya the waitperson, who was very good to us with our non-existent German, dug us up some information in English, a lot better than the Wikipedia page. It's "interesting" history continued from 1945 through the existence of the DDR - the old East Germany. There's a photo of a plaque in German which gives that recent history. We don't have the time to labouriously transcribe it into Google for a translation but you can get the gist anyway. We keep on stumbling across fascinating places through no planning. This is why we think Europe's so brilliant. As if we're the first people to discover it... 

There's also a few pictures of the beautiful town of Wurzen for people to enjoy. Really lovely town. Almost no English spoken in this part of the world that we came across. Anya had to work hard to understand us which still means she can speak at least two languages to some degree and we can't. We still got by fine.

After this, we head for The Netherlands.
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Mum on

Thank you for the very comprehensive account of your CZ and environs impressions and experiences. Your heads must be buzzing for hours after getting off your bikes. Is there no chance of having a wind shield fitted to your bike, David? I suppose if there were you would have done it by noiw. We are loving reading the blog day by day and seeing the photos. I am just about to go on line to have my police check updated for the work I do with chuildren at Church. It seems ludicrous that a little of lady fo 75 who has been working with children all her adul life should need a police check! It;s another example of the minority of wrongdoers necessitating a blanket ruling for the whole of society. Anyway, it's a blessing that there is some means of checking. Tomorrow is Linda's birthday. You may like to send her a message. Love to you both. Mum and Dad.

d-ashworths on

Hi Mum I understand you're a bit affronted but its standard practice to have police checks when working with kids the whole world over. Plenty of disgraced priests and retired youth club leaders to prove that venerable age doesn't guarantee a spotless life. I agree with the police checks very much. I have to have them every three years myself. I know it can seem silly when you've always operated with the best motivations, but perhaps now kids will get proper protection for the first time. Glad you're liking the blog. Don't want a screen. I deliberately bought a bike without a screen but motorways are not its forte. We don't have them in Australia so it doesn't matter really. It's just something to write about really.

Bron we didn't go to Auschwitz. We fully intended to but in the end we just decided not to. We found the marketing of it a bit hard to understand. We had cabbies approaching us offerng deals on a personal guided tour, plus there's legit tour guides doing it and we were perhaps a bit naive thinking it might get treated differently from other "attractions". Our loss probably. Cheers Dave

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