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Feb 26, 2013 10:00 PM Finaly, on the road again

Finaly, on the road again A lot of time passed since I went to my backpack trip last time. But today I am starting new journey. I hope that one of many again. This time I am going to visit Sri Lanka. Many plans, many places to see. So dear Globies keep your fingers crossed. Next short stop: Dubai

May 05, 2012 08:00 PM Next availables tickets are for July

Next availables tickets are for July Brno is very nice. Spilberk Castle dominates the city and Saint Paul and Peter Cathedrat is the tallest building. Maine square is closed for traffic so it is very nice place for a coffee. Huge number of churches will satisfy every fan of sightseeing. But for me the best place in Brno was Villa Tugenghat - pionieering prototype of modernist architecture from the 20 of last century (entrance fee is 300 KC ~ 12 EUR). Although when we asked about the tickets availability the lady informed us that they are but for July. We bought the tickets to the garden, but we could see the interior through the windows. Then from Brno we went to see Trebic with its St. Procopius Basilica and Jewish quarter and we finished our trip in rainy Telc with one of the most beautiful market squares in Europe. This was the last stop on this wonderful journey before long, 700 kilometres way home.

May 04, 2012 08:00 PM Three Emperors were here

Three Emperors were here The route from Olomouc to Brno is very scenic. In the morning we had last walk through Olomouc and the we headed to Kromeryz with its Palace and Gardens being on UNESCO list. Unfortunately the entrance to the Archibishop Palace is quite expensive (entry without guide is 9 eur) so we just wandered around pretty main square and we went to see the gardens (entrance 40 KC). Next place where we stopped was Slavkov (more known as Austerlitz). The famous battle took place 12 kilometres from the city, but in the city is a huge Palace. Austrian Emperor and Russian Tsar slept there before the battle and Napoleon after the battle spent his time there. The Palace lately undergone general renovation and no is beautiful. Also there I tried some traditional Czech cuisine - beef, dumplings (knedle) and cabbage - very tasty. We finished our trip in Brno, and as in Olomouc we had a problems to find a reasonable place to sleep. So it is better to book a room there ahead.

May 03, 2012 08:00 PM What they did with astronomical clock !!!

What they did with astronomical clock !!! In some guidebooks, I read that Olomouc is one of the prettiest cities in Czech Republic. It is hard to deny it. Historical centre is just fulfilled with historical buildings and the Holy Trinity Column is on UNESCO World Heritage list. In the middle of the main square (Horni Namesti) is the town hall form XV century, on its wall is astronomical clock. And for me this was the highlight of Olomouc to see how the Communist replaced the figures of saints with wooden proletarians:) It was so grotesque and somehow funny. I liked also Saint Wenceslas Cathedral (free entrance) which dominate city skyline. Unfortunately second biggest city square is undergoing renovation (until 2014) so I couldn´t admire its beauty. Just 20 kilometres from Olomouc is located Sternberk, city with magnificient castle and monastery (there was a nice lady with the keys to the monastery, so we were able to see it). Near further in Bouzov village is wonderful gothic style castle. However the entrance is possible only on a guided tour.

May 02, 2012 08:00 PM Rebranding

Rebranding Ostrava is the third biggest city in Czech Republic, which built its glory on mining and steel industry. All the mines and steel factories were closed at the end of the 90´s and now city looks for its new identity. I think that they want to do what happened in Ruhr Region in Germany. Closed factories are turning into tourist attractions and culture buildings (like Opera building in old gas container). But I must admitted that I liked very much the city, its town hall from the 20´s, Vitkovice steel factory (150 KC for the guided tour, some guides speak English), Masarykovo Namesti and other areas of the city. I liked also because it was my first journey from very long time :) After Ostrava we visited Pribor (city where Sigmund Freud was born, his house is still there), Stramberk village with old wooden architecture and we finished the day at distinguished Olomouc.

Jul 08, 2011 06:00 PM Haarlem and it flea market

Haarlem and it flea market I wanted also to see some small towns near Amsterdam, so I convinced my friends to go to Harleem. Normaly is around 15 minutes by train, but this weekend the train tracks were under renovation so we had to take a bus. Haarlem is a small charming town with numerous places to see. The main square is dominted by the St. Bavochurch (unfortunately was closed) and surrounded by interesting houses from middle centuries. After we went to have walk near the canals of Spaarne river, and after we just deicded to get lost in charming streets of this cosy city. Moreover this day was a huge fleamarket on the streets - very colourful. The rest of the day we spent just walking in Amsterdam.
As I thouhgt this city never dissapoint. Great cultural life, thousands of people on the streets but also in cafes, bars, pubs.

Jul 06, 2011 06:00 PM Amsterdam after years

Amsterdam after years If I remember correctly it was my first independent trip abrod to Netherlands. It was more than 11 years ago. So many things has changed from that time, but Amsterdam not that much. It is still one of the most charming places in Europe. We rented a bikes and almost entire day we spent just sightseeing the city and soaking up with is atmosphere. We had a chance to see toursit places like red light district, Anne Frank House (with huge queque to the entrance, so we saw it only from outside), Westerker, Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum, The Dam Square with City Hall building, Oude Kerk etc, We also had a big luck with the weather - although little windy it was very sunny. We finished our sightseing next to Old Wind mill, having a great dutch beer.

May 03, 2011 06:00 PM Rainy Sofia

Rainy Sofia Last day in Bulgaria was very wet. From the morning it was heavy raining and it was cold. But what is the weather for traveller :)) We bought umbrellas and we went for some sightseeing. The first was the old church od Sveta Petka, then Old Turkish baths converted into a city museum. After we found the church of St George which is located in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace, we saw the church of St. Sofia and great basilica of Aleksander Nevski. In most of the churches in Sofia is forbidden to take a photos, so if somebody wants to have some suvenirs needs to buy the postcards. At the end we saw the Mosque, one of the last remainings of Ottoman architecture in Sofia.
This was very short trip, but very nice. Lately I forgot how much fun I have when I travelling. Also Joao reminded me that life is not only work. So I came back to Poland with lot of power and ideas for future :)

May 02, 2011 06:00 PM Tsarevets fortress

Tsarevets fortress The Tsarevets fortress is the oldest part of Veliko Tyrnovo. It was here, the seat of the last Bulgarian king before country was captured by the Ottomans. In the morning we wanted to go and see the fortress but it was raining, so we borrowed the umbrellas from the hostel and we went to see the fortress. In my opinion the best there are location and the views from the walls. Inside not that many buildings survived, although there are some ruins of King's Catsle, ruins of houses and seat of archibishop (well this is quite new building built on the fondations of old church). In the church is possible also to take the elevator to the top of the tower, from where are amazing views over the area (entrance to the fortress in 6 BGN, ticket for the elevator 2 BGN).
In the afternoon we had to take already the bus to Sofia (ticket 20 BGN) and in Sofia we stroll around the beautifull center of the city.

May 01, 2011 06:00 PM Unexpected meeting

Unexpected meeting This morning we meet a Globie in Veliko Tyrnovo. Although Joao is maybe not that active here in Globosapiens, he is a great traveller. We had a wonderful chat togheter. Obrigado Joao!!!
After the breakfast we went to Arbanasi. This is the old city located near Veliko Tyrnovo. Only 5 kilometers but it was not that easy to find the public transport (and we didn't) Everybody shown us different place where the buses stop and then we found out that today there were no buses. So we took a taki for only 5 BGN. Arbanasi is small village where a lot of old architecture is preserved. Old houses (some of them is possible to visit - they were converted into a museums), churches and monasteries. After coming back we were enjoying great weather and views in Veliko. City is located on the hills and cut by the Yantra river. This is also an old capital of Bulgarian empire so there is many interesting places to see.

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