Weekend trip to Krkonoše

Weekend trip to Krkonoše

As promised, here is a short report from our weekend hike to Krkonoše. I must say, I am very proud with our performance! We simply rock! We walked more than 20km every day on a quite demanding path. All this for a beer! But an excellent one!
Starting from the beginning: we took a morning bus from Černý Most to Janské Lázně ( forget about Student Agency experience, it’s more like back to the 90s trip). Lovely 3 hours later we started our hike with taking a wrong rout but, fortunately, we realized that soon enough. After a demanding first few kilometers, we stopped to have the most famous dish of Krkonoše- boruvkove knedliky!
After several more climbs and 20km more, passing by lovely villages by the lake Upa, we reached our destination on 1045 m.n.m. – Horni Mala Upa. It was quite a steep climb with short intervals of high ascends. The views were spectacular thanks to blue sky and nature blooming from every corner. We were very lucky with the weather on both days of our hike.

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Weekend escapades: welcome to Krakow, welcome to Kazimierz

Weekend escapades: welcome to Krakow, welcome to Kazimierz

It was my third time in Krakow but, for random reasons, in my previous visits I had not really fall in love for the city. But this time was different! This time I almost entirely skip the old town (impressive but very touristy) and got myself lost on what was once the biggest centre of Jewish life in the whole Europe: the neighborhood of Kazimierz, and it was awesome!

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Sunday bike trip – To hrad Okoř and back

On Sunday, as a part of research for my second post about organizing bike trip where I will be writing about public transport and bike ( yet to come!),  I decided to try the service that DPP provides for bikers which is carrying bikes on buses – actually on one bus 147 from Dejvicka to Suchdol. There were chances of rain and storm but I wanted to go anyway. Well, the rain got me somewhere on the road but it was nice and warm so I didn’t mind being wet. I am true determined biker who is not afraid of rain!( nor hail).

My rout in the link below- I decided to bike to hrad Okoř castle and come back to Prague,nice 60km trip with only few hills to climb. I definitely recommend hrad Okoř as a destination for a nice walk – red tourist path from Kralupy nad Vltavou which is only 30 minutes by train from Prague city center. It’s perfect for a nice day outside the city.

I always want to make myself selfie like women from #womenonbikes but I always look so bad..they must be fake! This is not like a real woman biker looks like! Especially not after rainstorm! Anyway I decided that my bike looks much better so he will pose instead of me. And yes, my bike is a “he” even tough its official name is Twister Lady;)

 

My route

Analogue photography- Olympus Mju ii

Analogue photography- Olympus Mju ii

For about two years now, I have been using my father’s old Zenith camera ( without lamp and with broken light meter) which is still making very nice photos that I am going to show in next post. However, this post will be about a younger analogue friend of Zenith called Olympus Mju ii that I decided to buy as a lighter replacement for analogue camera.

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Walking around Prague: who the hell opens a mexican restaurant in Zbraslav?

Walking around Prague: who the hell opens a mexican restaurant in Zbraslav?

(In the beggining of Arpil), the day after Ola opened her biking season (and I started my discogolf career), we were curious to try this new mexican restaurant in Zbraslav we had heard about. But, because the weather was so nice, we decided to walk to Zbraslav all the way by the Vltava. Luckily we would not need a map, we just would have to walk to the very last bridge in Prague (quick question: do you know how many bridges cross the Vltava in Prague?)

Actually, the goal was not just the food but the walk per-se. It was to be thirteen flat kilometers, crossing several different parts of Prague: starting in Palackeho Namesti, passing under Vysehrad, walking close to the street in Podoli until Dvorce and then Braník and Modřany that you can forget you still are in a city. For instance, in Braník (more precisely in Hodkovičky) there’s a nine-hole golf course and a little bit further down there’s something like a football golf course (something to try in the future!) – and all of this can still be accessed by tram (or by foot!).

There were so many other interesting things and places on the way that the best you can do is to do this route by yourself! It took us, walking on a very relaxed pace and stopping for a drink in the meantime, three hours and a half. Prague has so many different places to discover that you can always find something nice to do (especially if the weather is nice!).

Last thing, what about the food? Personally, I was unlucky with my choice but everybody else was satisfied with the food. Moreover, the place is very nice and the service was good. I will happily give it another try; I just have to find some other route that takes me to Zbraslav! =)

P.S.: If you’re interested, the restaurant name’s: Barabizna. You can find more infos in their webpage;

P.P.S.: Answer to the question: Prague has eighteen bridges over the Vltava (and one Tunnel – included in the Blanka complex): one is pedonal, four are for trains and thirteen for cars (out of these, eight also have tram lines!);

P.P.P.S.: Excuse us for the quality (these were taken with Ola’s phone). We are still learning of this of being bloggers. We will improve as long as we do more walks!

Organzing a bike trip-part 1

Organzing a bike trip-part 1

I thought that it might be good to write down some basic information about how I organize my bike trips. Maybe someone will find it useful when organizing their trip.

ROUTE- MAPY.CZ

I always start with choosing the route on mapy.cz which is my favourite website ever. The bike routes are marked with violet colour ( on tourist map) and there is plenty of them in Czech Republic and around Prague. As a starting point I usually choose a place which is well connected by train and the same applies to finish point ( unless I am coming back to Prague and catch metro). As I am usually biking alone, I try to choose the route in such a way that, if something happens, I can come back to Prague. This means that there needs to be train or bus line somewhere near.

Depending on the connection and the level of difficulty, I bike from 50 to 100km during one trip. I am more into long distances than to speed in general but also I like to know that there is something pretty to see on the way. Very often, I use the photographic version of the map to see which way is nicer and I adjust my rout accordingly. During summer I go further from Prague and I usually make a good research on which part of Czech Republic I should go to. I am a typical cyclotourist so I am not into MTB or any kind of adrenaline version of biking. However, I am fine with climbing some hills and forest paths and all this I can usually check when planning the route on the map. Mapy.cz also show you the inclinations of the chosen route which is very useful if you want to estimate how challenging will be the trip.

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