01/02.01.2016 – NEW YEAR & RETURNING HOME …

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WE JUMPED UP FROM OUR BEDS AT DAWN – AT ABOUT 12 PM! ?

OUTSIDE THE WINDOW BEAUTIFUL WEATHER – TIME TO GET SOME FRESH AIR, STRETCH, HAVE SOME TEA AND SOMETHING TO EAT…

WE WALKED AROUND THE NEARBY CITY SQUARE, ALONG OLD CITY WALLS AND AFTER ABOUT 45 MINUTES WE REACHED THE CASTLE ON THE RIVER SIDE; THERE ARE ACTUALLY TWO RIVERS, BECAUSE THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE VLTAVA RUNS INTO LABA

THIS TIME WE HAD ENOUGH TIME TO VISIT THE CHATEAU FULL OF WINE CELLARS AND THE FAMOUS BAKERY. BOTH ARE VERY INTERESTING, CAKES AND TORTES IN THE BAKERY LOOKED FANTASTIC AND ARE WORTH A TRY.

WE HAVE HAPPILY SET DOWN FOR A CUP OF TEA BECAUSE THE PLACE WAS NOT TOO CROWDED – IT IS USUALLY VERY FULL BECAUSE EACH GERMAN TOURISTS GROUP STAYING IN PRAGUE HAS THE CASTLE VISIT ON THEIR SCHEDULE.

WE STOPPED BY “NOCNI BAR DIRA” ON OUR WAY BACK TO THE INN TO WARM OURSELVES UP A BIT, HOWEVER TO OUR SURPRISE THE DOORS WERE SHUT, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE A FEW PEOPLE INSIDE. AND WE WERE TOLD THE DAY BEFORE THAT THE BAR WOULD BE OPENED…

WE KNOCKED AND AN OLDER LADY ANSWERED THE DOOR AND TOLD US THERE WAS A PRIVATE FUNCTION AND THE PLACE WAS CLOSED. WE LOOKED MOST LIKELY DUMFOUNDED SO SHE ASSUMED THAT WE DID NOT UNDERSTAND HER. SHE FOUND SOMEONE TO TALK TO US IN ENGLISH. WE EXPLAINED THAT WE UNDERSTAND, BUT WE WERE TOLD THAT THE BAR WOULD BE OPENED AND THE DRINKS WILL BE GEATTABLE. HOWEVER NO PROBLEM, WE ARE DISAPPEARING … ?

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30.12.2015 – MELNIK – CZECH RAVELLO

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THIS TIME WE ARE GOING TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR IN PRAGUE! BY SOME MIRACLE WE HAVE MANAGED TO GRAB TICKETS FOR THE „NEW YEAR EVE IN OPERA” (SILVESTR V OPEŘE) IN PRAGUE. THE PROGRAMME FITS 100% IN OUR REQUIREMENTS – IT INCLUDES AN OPERETTA DIE FLEDERMAUS BY JOHANN STRAUSS; FOOD AND DRINKS – “ALL INCLUSIVE”; OFFICIAL WELCOME OF NEW YEAR WITH A GLASS OF CHAMPAGNE, MIX AND MINGLE WITH ACTORS AND SINGERS AND DANCING ON THE STAGE ACCOMPAGNED BY A SWING ORCHESTRA.

WE HAD TO BOOK OUR ACCOMMODATION IN MELNIK – A VILLAGE SITUATED AT ABOUT 40 KM FROM PRAGUE, AS THE PRICES OF HOTELS IN PRAGUE – THE CAPITAL CITY OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC – HAVE GONE THROUGH THE ROOF IN THIS PERIOD (3 WEEKS BEFORE NEW YEAR). WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND ANYTHING BELOW 160 € PER NIGHT, BUT IN MENTIONED ABOVE SMALL TOWN WE HAVE BOOKED A REASONABLE ROOM WITH AN EN SUITE IN AN INN FOR 32 € FOR A DAY.

WE LEFT OUR HOME ON 30.12.2015 AT AROUND 9 AM HOPING TO REACH MELNIK AT ABOUT 2 PM CHOOSING THE UNTYPICAL ROUTE. INSTEAD OF RAMBLING THROUGH THE MOTORWAYS I SELECTED SLOWER, SHORTER BY ABOUT 100 KM ROAD. IN THIS WAY I AVOIDED THE SYSTEM OF VIGNETTES PAYMENTS BYPASSING SPEEDWAYS, WHICH SAVED US ABOUT 100 PLN OF PETROL AND OF LIMITED-ACCESS HIGHWAY FEES COSTS.

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