Almost to Poland

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
Trip End Sep 19, 2011

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Where I stayed
Penzion Vitanov

Flag of Czech Republic  , Pardubický Kraj,
Saturday, September 3, 2011

After stopping at a number of Pensions along the way we finally found one that wasn't full.  Once again, to my great surprise, my German came in handy.  We tried speaking with the owner in English and his immediate response was to ask if we spoke German.  German speakers clearly form a major portion of the Czech Republic's tourists.  I was able to make all our arrangements in German and we spent the night in the little town of Žamberk.

This area of the Czech Republic is beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive.  It was somewhat surprising that they lined the road with producing apple trees.  It wasn't as if they  were just the last trees of nearby apple orchards.  They were just lining the road with other agricultural products or pasture growing behind them.  Although major freeways are nice for getting you somewhere quickly I really like the little two-lane roads that wind through the countryside.  The picture in this entry, taken from the pension where we stayed, shows the road and the countryside typical for this area.

The next problem was dinner and the pension owner was able to give us directions to a restaurant that would still be open.  We found it and it was clearly intended only for locals.  Nobody spoke English (or German) and we ordered blindly off a Czech menu.  It was clearly a family affair with the father drinking beer with friends at the table next to us and the mother and kids preparing and serving the meal.  The girl who served me was able to respond "You're Velcome" to my "thank you" and "yes" when asked if she was studying English in school.

Tomorrow we head for Poland.
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Gene & Kathy on

So glad to have this waiting when we got home from church. I do enjoy browsing through your travel blogs. I just can't even begin to imagine the places you've seen and the experiences you've had.

Expecting you back in Riverside soon, and it will be so glad to see you.

Love & prayers, Gene & Kathy :o)

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