Day in Dresden 4.12.17
Woke up to find the gas was too cold to use again so left early to make our way to Dresden. Found a good spot to park (road name: Helmut-Schön-Allee) only a 10 minute walk from the centre.
Arrived at the Streizelmarkt(home of one of the oldest Christmas markets- from the 1400’s)and we instantly fell in love with Dresden and its charming old architecture; especially the Kreuzkirche which overlooked the whole market square.
Walked into the entrance of Dresden Castle with its impressive glass ceiling before coming across a cool medieval market at Stallhof und Langer Gang.
Had a few hours in Dresden taking it all in; visited the Zwinger palace, stood in awe at the Hofkirche (Dresden Cathedral) and also got soaked in a pretty intense hailstorm!
Managed to get oil for the van and a bottle of gas on the way out of the city and spent another night in Pirna.
Into Czech Republic 5.12.17
Left Pirna after stocking up on some Gluhwine for the van from Lidl as well as a few other Christmas treats! The 172 road we took into Czech was a lot more interesting than the flat, monotonous roads we’d been taking through Germany!
Once across the border we followed the 62 and 30 before finding a camperstop in Velemin – free spot next to a motor home dealer and had electric! Bit of a commotion later on in the evening when a car fell into a ditch and his friend towed him out with a rope that was barely visible to other drivers! Luckily he got out and no one was hurt!
Arriving in Prague 6.12.17
Early start driving through more Czech countryside before arriving amongst the suburbs of Prague. After a bit of research we found a campsite that like d closed when we arrived outside however after a quick phone call to a friendly bloke we soon were let in and parked up in the long garden/campsite- the family home backing onto it! We were welcomed and given all the necessary info on how to get into the city.
After a quick lunch we got on the tram (just outside the campsite) and got off in the centre- immediately as we stepped off we were amazed at all of the grand buildings!
Walked into the centre of the Old Town with a grand square hosting (you guessed it) a large Christmas market, adorned with lights and Christmas trees and bustling with people.
Wandered around; like we do in every city, just to get a feel for the place and discover monuments&buildings for ourselves!
Walked enough to work up an appetite so late afternoon we visited a smaller Christmas market and got a couple of portions of potato dumplings, Sauerkraut and ‘Old Prague Ham’. Of course we sampled the Czech beer too!
We were joined by 2 Australian couples and got chatting for a bit about our travels as well as where they’d been. They definitely sold the idea of a future trip to Oz or New Zealand and kindly gave us their details if we ever find ourselves across the world!
Prague is beautiful at night too- lights reflecting onto the river Vltava as we walked over the water to the Lesser Town where we discovered the St. Nicholas church and bell tower. Quieter part of Prague with quirky little streets and buildings. The view from Hradčany Square was worth the steep climb! Amazing spot to see the whole city, especially at night! We walked back down to the river an alternative way before heading back to the van- wanted an early start in the morning!
Day in Prague with “Creepy” 7.12.17
Before we left for part 2 of our trip, Peter(Zoe’s Grandad, Creepy is his nickname based on his real last name Crawley – you can work it out!) had planned a trip to Prague and gave us the dates.About a week ago we contacted him saying we’d be able to get to Prague from Germany and agreed to meet on the 7th. Early start as he promised a day full of walking and a bit of a tour!
Met him in his hotel and walked round Wenceslas square, along the river and into the old square again to see the Astronomical clock.
Had a coffee before crossing over the famous King Charles Bridge and back into the Lesser Town where we were treated to lunch at a traditional Czech restaurant (thank you again Peter!).
Walked up the stairs again for the view and also due to the fact the castle was open so we could walk through the Matthias gate and discover the St. Vitus cathedral- stunning!
Had a drink in supposedly”the oldest pub in Prague” – Prague medieval Tavern. Well worth a visit just for the atmosphere and themed interior! (www.krcmabrabant.cz)
Spent the evening at the Old Town Square Christmas market drinking mulled wine and watching the stage performances including some Czech dancing!
Walked back to the hotel and said our farewells before making our way back to the van.
Driving across Czech 8.12.17
Checked out at 10 from Camp Dana and made our way out of the city on the 12, stopped at Tesco (weird to see it here!) for some rolls for lunch and drove for the rest of the day on the 34 before parking up in Svitavy- on camper contact as a spot with free electric! Chilly evening but had the heater on, spotted some snow falling later on in the evening!
Lazy day in Svitavy 9.12.17
Due to the cold we decided to spend another day with a heater and explore the town instead! Pretty town square, pastel coloured buildings and lots of character.
Got supplies from the supermarket and headed back to the van for the evening where we made “pizza bread” and watched the local lads drift round the car park!
Sunday drive 10.12.17
Bit brighter today and no additional snow! Left Svitavy early afternoon on the 35 to Olomouc then the 46 to Ostrava where we found a bit of waste ground for the evening. Next stop POLAND!