Tour 6050 \ 0924 Day 1

Trip Start Aug 06, 2007
Trip End Oct 07, 2007

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hi all.

Early wake call of 6.30am and breakfast at 7am. Best breakfast since leaving home and i cannot remember when we have had better. An extraordinary wide range of dishes and cereals. We ate all that we could and took an apple for later in the day.

At 7.30am we met the group on our tour and this was made up of  33 Americans, Brits, Australians  and 2 New Zealanders´s. There are about 11 men plus the driver whose name is Gero (an Italian). The guide is a woman called Tunda from Hungary. The ages are between 40 - 70 with about 7Americans being in their early to late 20's. Looks a  good group.

On going outside the temperature was about 12 degrees and it was raining solidly.

The bus was better than our last bus as it had greater seat room and we were fortunate to get the front passengers seat for the first day of the journey.   

We left Munich ad drove along the Autobahn for about 1.5 hours before going onto regional country roads to get Nurnberg ( English translation Nuremberg).

Here we stopped for 2 hours and it was fortunate that the rain had stopped or was down to a very light drizzle for some of the time. It was cold however and we were lucky we were dressed appropriately as some were not and got so cold they could not venture out.

We quickly went through the market and change some money into Czech Crowns and we brought a sausage in a roll to warm up. Then it was up a very steep hill to the Imperial  Castle of Nuremberg which was an impressive sight over looking the town.

Nuremberg has about 500,000 people. The castle was impressive close up and really cool to walk around with its red wooden frame work along the outside of the houses inside the castle. We walked through the museum and its armoury. Then we climbed the castle tower to its highest point and Jackie got leg burn on the way up and couldn't move up the spiral staircase for some minutes. She came right after a few minutes. It was a great view and photos were taken. The rain had stopped by now.

Then we came down the 111 stairs and went to the Castle Well where their was a local guide giving an interesting talk about the castle´s history and the wells importance during the times of a siege. It turned out the local inhabitants at that time chiseled through 15 meters of solid rock and then down another 35 meters of a type sandstone until they came to a water trail which gave the castle about 600 litres of water a day. I know it does sound much but at that time it was adequate and what saved the castle many times since its construction 1200 years AD. German Emperors were the main occupants of the castle but none ever stayed here or lasted very long.

We were shown where the WW 2 trials and hangings were carried out but with time being restricted, we went to the Castle as that looked more interesting to us. We did see many other important buildings however, as most of the city was destroyed through allied bombing, most of the buildings were reasonably modern.

At 11.30am we were driven towards Prague to another and had one more break en route at McDonald´s. On arrival at Prague we went straight to our hotel called the "Elizza" and settled in for two nights. This hotel is on the outskirts of Prague and was very comfortable. We had a lovely tea and then went for a walk to the local supermarket for some supplies of drink. It took us about 45 minutes but it was a lovely evening after the earlier rain.

Talking about supplies - It is best to buy supplies from the local supermarkets as it is about 4-5 times as cheap as getting things from the Hotels or Restaurants.

Once back at the Unit we had a beer and watched TV. Went to bed about 11pm.   
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