Monday, August 30, 2010

Pork and Pilzner in Prague

Prague has been an amazing experience and it's not hard to see why everyone says it is a beautiful city. There is so much to look at in such a small space no wonder the pick pockets love it too! The tourist factor was a bit overwhelming especially after the Baltic countries where it was not nearly as predominant.
We found a place to eat called restaurace u parlamentu on valentinska street that was so good and cheap we ended up there 3 nights in a row. Mouth watering roast pork, goulash, marinated beef and crispy roast duck just kept us coming back.
There is an absinthe shop that sells some strong stuff. We brought a bottle of a supposedly illegal one but didn't manage to see the "green fairy".
All in all alot of fun especially the tasty cheap Czech beer too bad about all the drinking tours full of yanks and poms.
Tomorrow we are off to Salzburg some 400km away following one of the euro velo routes it should be a very scenic ride.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


We arrived in Prague to terrible weather but between downpours ventured into the city. The bad weather continued so we took shelter in one of the many pub restaurants.
We knew we had made the right choice when our roast leg of pork with sauerkraut and dumplings arrived it looked amazing! We accompanied this with half litres of Pilsner Urquell (less than $2 each).
After the pork and second beers were finished we rounded the meal out with apple strudel and pancakes.
With full stomachs and a clearing sky we set off to explore the old town.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Czechowice Dziedzice

We tried to by tickets to Prague from Warsaw but no trains with bicycle carriages go that way.
So we have ended up going to Czechowice Dziedzice waiting 2 hours and getting a train to Cieszyn on the Polish Czech boarder. From there we will catch another train to Prague.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome to Warsaw

On the way to Poland

We farewelled Lithuania yesterday with the decision to catch a train from
Vilnius to Warsaw.
By saving time in Poland we are hoping to visit the Czech republic and ride from Prague to Salzburg Austria. From there we can ride across to Munich Germany for Octoberfest. Then we will catch a train backwards to Berlin.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Vilnius Tv tower

Our campsite has been in the shadow of this 1970's monolith the Tv tower.
It looks like it belongs in a starwars movie so we just had to take a look and this is what we found.


Staying at the Vilnius city camping has been great. We are close to the centre which is the most bike friendly of the Baltic capitals.
There is plenty to look at but it's small enough to get around easily.
From the looks of it there are plenty of events as well, like a bike marathon that was on this morning and a graffiti street art festival.
The old town is well preserved with countless winding lanes and churches.
Yesterday was the day to get married in Vilnius it seems. There was bridal party after bridal party. With taffeta clad princesses getting there awkward lean on in front of over the top photographers. It was quite a sight. A tradition for the newly weds is to put a lock often with names engraved on a bridge. It is suppose to represent wedlock. The bridges in Vilnius are covered in them.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cold Change in Lithuania

Woke up to a soggy tent this morning on our first really wet day. Not bad for six weeks camping.We will be in Vilnius tomorrow.