July 18, 2008 GMT
Prague, Slovakia to Ukraine

Ooops,sorry - forgot to put into the last blog that we had visited the home of gliding at Wasserkruppe, Germany. Colin wanted to visit it as he has done some gliding in the past. (it's his hobby - that's why i forgot! )

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Friday 11 july we had a day off in Prague and did all the normal touristy 'bits'.Took a bus trip around the city and saw the cathedral,walked over the Charles bridge and saw the astronomical clock.It is a lovely city with imposing arcitechture of all periods and cobbled streets.

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It was hot- 35 degrees and the streets were being disinfected by a water bowser.
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It's not cheap now . A beer and iced tea was 5.56 !!! and the garage at the hotel cost 20 Euro per night !- but worth it for piece of mind.Smoking allowed in restauants and you must only cross the road at the crossing areas.

Sat 12 july and we were off to Olomouc, the third largest city in the Czech Rep.A short day of 170 miles, as we called into see the Bedlac Ossiary ( when we eventually found it ! We were on the parralel road and Colin nearly gave up-but we found it in the end !) 40,000 skeletons were piled up outside the chapel and were bleached and made into shapes, including a coat of arms and a chandelier.It sounds very morbid but was'nt eerie at all and had been tastefully done. It all dates back to the 1400's and the time of the plague.

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It steadily got hotter and then the heavens opened and we were sweating in the wet gear!All the shops seem to be closed in the afternoon and the 'ladies of the night' are waiting o the roads or at garages.The roads are quiet and we passed arable crops--with the inevitable sunflowers!We were glad to see the hotel and cool off.Beer and iced tea here is much cheaper -1.67. Very imposing buildings again, cobbled streets ---- and another astronomical clock.

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Sun 13 july - mega hot again- 25 degrees when we left and up to 35 mid afternoon.We are back to the 'wet head' syndrome at every stop! Very little traffic on the roads and what there was, colin thought was sunday morning drivers! Passed in to Slovakia at 11 am.and changed money at the garage exchange area.More fertile fields and small villages with houses on the side of the road- Some are painted in bright colours.Mountains in the distance.

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Arrived in Spiss which is a stunning setting. The huge castle overlooks the village and can be seen for miles.The pension was a gem --- with a swimming pool! Really cheap at 28.57 per night, Full meal and all drinks was 10.40. Petrol is 1.28 per litre .

we found a new use for the bike ----- a washing line ! Colin reckoned it was infradig for a BMW !
Sorry these photos will have to go on next blog as i can't get it to accept them now!---- computer literate I am not !

Total mileage:1734. More to come----

Posted by Dee Masters at July 18, 2008 09:04 AM GMT
 

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