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Back Home Again & Final Thoughts

Back Home Again & Final Thoughts

Wednesday was a very very sad day.  Time to go back to the U.S.A.  I suppose all good things must come to an end (do they really?  REEAALLY???) and so our amazing vacation of a lifetime is over.  Our driver picked us up from the hotel at 8:45am and took us to the Vienna airport.  We would be flying straight through to Chicago, a 10 hour flight on Austrian Airlines.     We’d never...

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Trip Videos!

Trip Videos!

Grab the popcorn.  Pour yourself a drink.  It’s movie time!!!   Craig made up all these neat little videos from our trip.  Complete with music!  They are posted throughout my journal on the day they were made but I thought it might be fun to put them all on one page as well. I’ve put them in order of our adventures below.  Enjoy!!!       Prague Cesky Krumlov Czech...

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Vienna

Vienna

In the morning we said tearful goodbyes to our cycling guides, Richard and Andrea.  They had been wonderful guides and worked so hard to make sure all of us enjoyed ourselves.  They had shared so much with us about the history of their country and their own families’ experiences living under Communism in the Czech Republic.  We had all come to really love the two of them over the past...

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Austrian Wine Country

Austrian Wine Country

It is a bittersweet day.  I am sad that this is our last day of cycling.  But my body is tired after eight straight days of cycling and I need a rest.  Both Craig and I have begun to feel a little sick with sore throats and headaches.  Maybe an aftereffect of our cold rainy ride on Friday.  It is a full day with 37 miles of pedaling and several stops along the way. Our entire route today is on...

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Cycling Along the Danube

Cycling Along the Danube

Our day began, as usual, with a meeting to go over our route for the day.  I knew something was up when I looked at our route directions.  Normally we get two pages of directions for each ride but I was looking at a mere half page of directions.  We would be following the Route 1 bike path for the entire ride.  YAY no tricky turns!  Then Richard, our guide, told us to remember one rule today,...

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Passau to Scharding

Passau to Scharding

This morning we began our short 22 mile bike ride right from our hotel in Passau and cycled along the Danube River to the peninsula point where it converges with the Inn River.  Today we are following Route 33, a dedicated bike path that begins in Passau and runs through the woods along the River Inn.  We’ve noticed since crossing the border yesterday that German drivers seem to be more patient...

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GERMANY!

GERMANY!

Today started with a train ride to the Sumava National Park.  We would be cycling through the park and crossing into Germany on our bicycles.  We’ve been particularly excited about this day because of Craig’s German heritage.  This will be his first visit to Germany (if you don’t count our 3 hour wait at the Munich airport last Sunday). Today we encountered another new thing...

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Biking Through the Czech Countryside

Biking Through the Czech Countryside

Today was our first full length bicycle ride but the day began with a tour of the Cesky Krumlov Castle. The first section of the castle was built in the 1200s and through the centuries more and more wings were built until it eventually became the massive structure it is today.   All of the rooms we toured were furnished completely with the original furniture, paintings, sculptures, tapestries,...

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Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

Our actual VBT (Vermont Bicycle Travel) tour began this morning.  We got all packed up and met the other 13 people on our tour in the hotel lobby along with Barbara (the VBT guide who picked us up at the airport three days ago) and got on a bus for the three hour trip to Cesky Krumlov in the south Bohemian region of Czech Republic.  Everyone seems really nice… mostly 60 somethings couples,...

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Bike Prague: Round Two

Bike Prague: Round Two

We had so much fun on our full day bike tour with Vladimir on Monday that we decided to rent bikes from Praha Bike again the next day and try biking Prague solo.  After a good night’s sleep and our first opportunity to sleep a little late, we were feeling pretty fine on Tuesday morning.  We walked again the two miles to Praha Bike (no getting lost this time YAY) and rented two very nice...

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