The Problem’s Plain to See…

This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

It often takes something as mundane as spring cleaning to remind you of stuff that you once treasured or loved. Finding some old Vinyls in a random closet recently, reminded me of how I used to enjoy the music of Styx. Especially their Killroy was here album. The problem’s plain to see Too much technology…

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Cuckoo roo cuckoo…..

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

We’re in Prague! I’ll fast forward, past the most uncomfortable flights ever, past the fairly quick stopover in a rather large Amsterdam airport, and past the fairly short flight to Prague. I would however comment on how I loved seeing Amsterdam and its surrounds from the air. I just love the symmetric neatness of it!…

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Roll Up, Roll up for the Mystery Tour

Roll Up, Roll up for the Mystery Tour
This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

The random choice of music continues… After a good night’s sleep, we appreciated the great breakfast spread in the fascinating dining room of our hotel. I was slightly surprised at their choice of music though. Somehow the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour did not quite fit in a Czech dining room filled with armoured suits and…

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I sit and watch the children play….

This entry is part 4 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

10 August 2013 Our Random Music Selection this morning is an old man playing the piano in the dining room during breakfast. Play misty for me  is probably fairly appropriate for background music for breakfast. It did however remind me of Uncle Jack at the Stage Door, back in our younger years. 🙂 We decided…

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Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya!

Kalinka, kalinka, kalinka moya!
This entry is part 6 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

12 August 2013. Time to discover Dresden. Because our accommodation is self-catering, and the Germans really lock down anything that resembles a shop on a Sunday, our first target needed to be a place that could feed the now very hungry. My kids would understand exactly how unresponsive I can be without this requirement ticked….

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Emily tries but misunderstands…

Emily tries but misunderstands…
This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

13 August 2013. We have a new best friend called Emily. She speaks with a British accent, and dons a little black number designed by Seat, and she will be taking us to some interesting places. Niel loves geology. He is an engineer, after all. Whenever we plan to travel, I spend a lot of…

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In a Country Churchyard

In a Country Churchyard
This entry is part 8 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

14 August 2013. Have wheels, will travel. Niel planned our route today. We will start in Meißen, and then drive through the Mulde valley, where there seems to be some castles and old churches. The confidence is growing with the driving, although the only real comfortable space is on the Autobahn. Driving in the city…

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He plays the violin…

He plays the violin…
This entry is part 9 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

15 August 2013. Our time in Dresden has come to an end.  We have spent more time here, than we would usually consider doing in a single location. Initially the reasoning was simple. A Neil Young concert. But I also knew that we would be able to venture out of the city easily. In the…

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I am the Passenger

I am the Passenger
This entry is part 12 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

18 August 2013. And we’re off. Today we travel by bus to Berlin. A city that Niel is really keen to see. The trip on the bus is…. well…. a trip on a bus. Justine, our travel director, tells as various snippets of things to watch out for, things to remember, and some interesting facts…

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An August Summer Night….

An August Summer Night….
This entry is part 13 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

19 August 2013. Punctuality – that thing that Germans are extremely pedantic about. We are taken on a tour around Berlin with a local guide. Twice, we get reprimanded because we are not all on the bus at the correct time. Our guide, a bit of a German Mr. Bean, has a dry German sense…

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All in all…..

All in all…..
This entry is part 14 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

20 August 2013. Big Day. Special Day. Birth Day. The initial reason for our trip was because of today. Niel’s birthday. And the first things that confirmed the intention, were two very special concert tickets. I had no way of selecting anything more than just a general area in which I would like the tickets…

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Staying home to watch the rain…

Staying home to watch the rain…
This entry is part 15 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

21 August 2013. Perfect weather for ducks…. We started our day with a tour of the city with the local guide. We are all rather skeptical, considering the rainy weather. Our first stop is a statue of Chopin in the beautiful gardens of the Royal Baths Park. The statue depicts Chopin under a willow tree….

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Drink to the Salt of the Earth…

Drink to the Salt of the Earth…
This entry is part 16 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

22 August 2013 The travel day ritual. Suitcases out, breakfast, bus. We set off early, because we have to get somewhere well before twelve. The Black Madonna as Jasna Góra Monastery in Czestochowa takes a rest from midday, for the rest of the day.  So best you get there early.  We get there with little…

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The Child needs a helping hand….

The Child needs a helping hand….
This entry is part 17 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

23 August 2013. Friday. Wherever did the week disappear to? This morning we get a city tour of Krakow. And yet again, I get to learn things that I would never otherwise have known. Our first stop is a bit of a surprise stop. I knew about Schindler, but because we don’t really do movies,…

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Das Schifflein fährt auf den Wellen so sacht…

Das Schifflein fährt auf den Wellen so sacht…
This entry is part 18 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

24 August 2013 Breakfast in Poland, Lunch in Slovakia, Dinner in Hungary. We’re traveling to Budapest via Slovakia. A country that I never thought I could add to my list of countries I have been to. The trip takes as over the Tatra mountains, the highest range of mountains that form part of the Carpathian…

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Made like spiderwebs of steel…

Made like spiderwebs of steel…
This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

25 August 2013 There’s nowt as queer as folk… At breakfast this morning, I wondered whether I might like to do some studies in the line of human behaviour. I find the way people behave quite fascinating. In Berlin, I watched how some tourists made themselves some lunchtime snacks from the free ingredients provided at…

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Monday morning couldn’t guarantee…

Monday morning couldn’t guarantee…
This entry is part 20 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

26 August 2013 They always say that you should keep your passports safe when travelling. Of course you have to. As long as  you remove them from the safe place, before you continue your journey to a new city. I guess I figured I would fabricate a manic Monday, in sympathy with my colleagues, who…

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Now in Vienna there’s Ten Pretty Women

Now in Vienna there’s Ten Pretty Women
This entry is part 21 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

27 August 2013 The image has gone only you and I It means nothing to me This means nothing to me Oh, Vienna My daughter made me promise to do the full chorus of this Ultravox song. Hand movements, and all. I’m not sure whether I pulled it off quite successfully, but I certainly did…

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You may say I’m a dreamer…

You may say I’m a dreamer…
This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

28 August 2013. It’s our last travel day. We’re going back to where we started – Prague. The trip from Vienna to Prague is a short one. But very quickly, we experience the difference between Austrian and Czech roads. The latter being a lot bumpier. In fact, it felt like we were driving with various…

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Is this the real life…

Is this the real life…
This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series Legends, Bohemians & Bratwurst - Europe 2013

29 August 2013. It’s hard to believe that we once had a ‘normal’ life. Yet we suddenly realise that, very soon, we will return to that life. We start our last day with the usual city tour. Our guide is hilarious, and loves telling us about how ineffective the Czechs are at fighting in wars,…

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