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List of bigger events, at least for a week out. They are usually divided into more articles. Overview of the most important events we do.

Balaton | Hungary

4 Aug 2018 - 10 Aug 2018
 
The summer vacation with kids. We abandoned any plans to go anywhere too far and picked close countries - Austria and Hungary for short road-trip. Packed with two tents we did first stop in Marchegg for famous stork trails and second in Mosonmagyarovar for thermal enjoyment and Hungarian cuisine.

Second part of our week-long trip to Hungary and its almost-sea Balaton lake. It was wonderful summer vacation with swimming in shallow waters of the lake, melons, ice cream, camping, running and having fun. On the route back we visited romantic castle of Sumeg and thermal baths at Mesteri.

 

Norway

19 Aug 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
 
In central part of southern Norway, bordering to the north with railway between Oslo and Bergen is largest mountain plateau in Europe. Elevation is slightly above 1000 meters featuring rocky terrain on the north in area close to Hardangerjøkulen glacier. More to the south it slowly changes to grassy valleys with many lakes and rivers.

Walking further westward through moon-like countryside, wrapped only with stones, grass, valleys with water, and sheep.

Final part of walk on Hardangervidda plain, slow descent within wonderful landscape to Eidfjord valley. We found a camp on the shore where we stayed one night. Finally we got a hot shower and nice fishy dinner. The next day we moved with a bus to Geilo, town known for its skiing area. Also it is one of train stops on the route from Bergen to Oslo.

Last days of our Norway vacation in the capital city of Oslo. We found plenty of interesting facts in polar expedition museum built around the famous sailing ship Fram. With borrowed bicycle it was easy to get there and also to our next stop, well known Vigeland park with myriads of statues. Then we just strolled around the city and in the port, getting along with atmosphere and dining.

 

Croatia

2 Jul 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
 
Our kids never saw any kind of sea, we never dared to travel that far. This one had number of firsts - first flight, first sea swimming, first island. But above that it was nice vacation that all of us enjoyed. Half was in Dubrovnik's port Gruz, other half on close Elaphiti island called Lopud.

 

Japan

26 Apr 2016 - 7 May 2016
 
Alice got a desk game called Tokaido for her birthday. The theme is pilgrimage from Japan town Kyoto to Edo (which is now Tokyo). Along the way you contribute to shrines, enjoy sea-side views, bath in hot springs, and taste great food. The playing of the game inspired us to visit Japan. The Tokaido (Way of Eastern Sea in japanese) no longer exists, but we found other pilgrim trails called Kumano Kodo. Pictures in this article are from Osaka.

Koyasan, central town of Shingon buddhism, is located southern of Osaka in raising slopes of Kii Mountain range. There are no hotels, but you can stay within buddhist temples. It boasts many gates, statues, gardens, shrines, and templates. One of largest is located in Okunoin graveyard, and it is said that founder Kukai (post-humously named Koibo Daishi) is still there in deep meditation.

Kumano Kodo Kohechi is an ancient pilgrim trail from Koyasan to the shrine or Hongu Taisha. It is about 70 kilometers long and usually takes about four days. Each leg ends in a saddle or valley - it is possible to arrange an accomodation or transportation, but it requires to speak Japan. We did two days of travel there and then had to move out to let Jana (Alice's sister) to return to Osaka. We continued further to Wataze Onsen for a camp with nice spa area.

Last part of the trail ended in the town of Hongu Taisha, with large central shrine. All the journeys started here. Our steps continued along the Nakahechi trail, to the western coast of Kii peninsula. We met many nice people, enjoyed onsen in mountains, seen many shrines, and tasted great Japan cuisine.

Last article about our trip to Japan. Photos are from one day we spent in Nara, the oldest Japan capital with beautiful temples with deer and nice atmosphere. Remaining photos are from Kyoto, the Japan capital before Tokyo. We really enjoyed the city, its people, temples, and cuisine.

 

Madeira

10 Jul 2015 - 18 Jul 2015
 
First set of photos from Madeira. The island belongs to Portuagal and is famous for its very steep mountains, reaching over 1800 meter above sea level. After arriving in the night to Santa Cruz airport, we were lucky to catch an aerobus to centre of Madeira's capital, Funchal city, where was our hotel. The next day we went to get a feeling of the city, and also prepare for upcoming trip to the mountains.

During the Funchal stay we managed to buy gas cartridge and figured out how to get bus to our mountain's starting point, Encumeada saddle. This article has pictures from first two days in the mountains, first travering hike to the town of Curral das Freiras, the other ascent back to the main ridge and further to the highest point of Madeira island, the Pico Ruivo peak.

The most difficult portion of our mountain trip - the crest between Pico Ruivo and Pico Areeiro followed by descent along Levada do Blandy and Levada do Furado.

Few last days at Madeira island. We left mountains and get down to the seashore town called Machico. It was actually first place settled on Madeira, because the coast in otherwise very steep rocky shores provided provided good shield against hard sea. One day took us to the São Lourenço - narrow tail of the island, deserted from the wind. We also visited whale museum in Caniçal and enjoyed sea water on nice beaches.

On our return from Madeira we stopped for two nights in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. We visited number of nice places, stopped for wonderful lunch at Mercado da Ribeira (Riverside Market), and took a boat to see the city from waves of river Tejo.

 

Arizona and Utah

15 Apr 2014 - 29 Apr 2014
 
Alice wrote: Six years passed since our last large vacation without kids. Suprisingly, without much planning. Roman went to a business trip to Phoenix, Arizona, and I came after him to spent ten days on north Arizona and southern Utah. Pictures here are from Phoenix Butterfly museum and hiking on Squaw Peak and climbing Pinnacle Peak.

This article contains photos from beginning of our trip - travel to the north, night at Flagstaff, stop at Monument Valley, and couple days spent in Moab, center of outdoor laid amid three wonderful areas - Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, and La Sal Mountains.

Visit of interesting Moab museum and heading into wilderness in Escalante. We discovered beauty of narrow slot canyons carved out in soft sandstone by water and walked good number of them.

Last "few" miles from our vacation in Utah and Arizona. Wonderful area of Escalante, vast, scarcely settled land or rock and praire. Through the are there is winding dirt road called Hole-in-the-rock. From that there is great number of small roads, which lead to even smaller trails. Once of those we hiked was Red Breaks slot canyon. On the way back to Phoenix we also did Blue Pools slot canyon, first where we had to use a rope for rapelling. Last stop was in snowy Williams in zoo called Bearizona.

 

Sec Dam

25 Aug 2013 - 31 Aug 2013
 
Last year we enjoyed brief visit to Sec dam area, so this year we decided to try it again, this time for whole week. We hired a chalet with small boat and spent time on trips, games, boat exploration of the dam, guitar play on evenings and other nice activities. Despite few rainy days it was wonderfull time.

 

Bozenov

30 Jun 2013 - 6 Jul 2013
 
We spent whole week at Bozenov place, small camp close to Zabreh in Central Moravia. This was mostly family entertainment, including bathing place, old castle, farm animals and number of walks around.

 

China

25 May 2013 - 2 Jun 2013
 
Business trip to China city of Xi'an, located in western part of the country. With more than 8 million inhabitants it is one of oldest cities in China, it even used to be a capital city and still is very important cultural, educational, and industrial centre.

 

Jeseniky no kids

11 Sep 2010 - 19 Aug 2012
 
Trip over observation point Zlaty (Golden) Chlum. Relatively short trip to high point above Jeseniky town, but we managed to find gold mine information path, lost the trail for good part of the ascent, eat great food at cottage near Devil's rock area and return just in time to catch our train.

Second trip was finally two-day endeavour. We picked a cottage called Paprsek ("Light ray" in czech) in western part of the mountain range and then found some way we never went before. It was quite adventurous, because the path was off beaten track and it led through a cattle area. Fortunately we just heard the sounds, but even those were pretty scary.

Third trip - Alice found bunch of old quarries filled with water, so we can dip ourselves time from time. First day was supposed to be relaxing, other more demanding, but it turned out to be exactly the opposite. First day was very long and good elevation, while second day was pretty quick and easy.

 

Orlicke Hory

4 Mar 2012 - 7 Mar 2012
 
One week that we spent in czech mountains. It came as surprise offer from our friends who had booked accomodation, but the other couple cancelled shortly before the trip. We accepted and never regret. It was rather easy to take care about three small kids and at the same time get some nice downhill skiing. We were also lucky for the weather. Alltogether wonderful time.

 

Vsemina

28 Aug 2011 - 3 Sep 2011
 
One week of vacation in Hostyn mountains in the hotel Vsemina. Ad promised swimming pool, outdoor activities and many children playground. We were a little afraid how it goes, but it turned out very nice. Not too many people were there and Dan was really happy, especially once we found trampoline. We made couple of trips around the place, seen festival on Lukov castle and visited Zoo in Lesna.

 

London|England

16 Oct 2010 - 20 Oct 2010
 
Alice and her sister went to London for couple days. She just needed a rest from maternity. See nice pictures from autumn city.

London - continued. See pictures of Tower Bridge, Greenwich, Parliament or Madame Tussaud's wax figures.

 

Highlands

2 Aug 2010 - 7 Aug 2010
 
Our vacation have changed since Dan was born. Basic constraints were two. The place should not be very far, because we cannot handle the cry for more than two hours. And good accomodation. Thus we have chosen Highlands, small mountains about 70 kilometers from Brno. Biking and walking around, however mostly from one sandbox to another, to keep Dan happy.

 

Plumlov

31 Aug 2009 - 4 Sep 2009
 
Our first vacation with recently born son Daniel. We carefully choose location close to Brno where we live and picked nice hotel just next to Plumlov castle. During the week we did trips around and visited cathedral in Olomouc as well as hiked highest hill of Hana region - Velky Kosir.

 

Provence|France

2 Sep 2008 - 9 Sep 2008
 
This was the first time we dared to take our bikes somewhere far from our home. Packed in paper boxes they flew with us to Marseille airport and then endured whole week carrying of us with all we needed, like food, tent or bike tools.

Second bunch of photos from Provence region. We got quite inside and camped near the town of Arles. From this location we conducted many trips to the north - Tarascon and Avignon - and to the south-west - to the national park Camarque, known for white horse breed.

The journey around Provence continues. Pictures from Avignon, Tarascon, national park Camarque. Enjoy.

After a week on a bike we finally returned to Marseille. Since we did not dare going highways by bike we rather used bus and spent whole day walking and exploring the city. It is built around historic port and middle-ages fortification still watch the entry. Above looms monumental cathedral and offers wonderful overlook to city around.

 

Western Tatras

26 Jul 2008 - 24 Aug 2008
 
Slovakia offer us many great mountains. This time we picked Western Tatras, usually called Rohace (Horny mountains) by locals. The plan was to hike whole ridge, but adverse weather with strong rain and fog forced us to go down to other side soon after we make it to the top.

Our second attempt to traverse ridge of Western Tatras in Slovakia. This time we succeeded a little more, making significant part of main ridge, but adverse weather once again stopped our pace.

Third time in Western Tatras in Slovakia. The most demanding route over most exposed area in the center of mountains. The weather went against the forecast and it was quite nice during our day. However at the end of the Saturday we felt very tired and Vit has troubles with his knees.

 

Southwest USA

6 Apr 2008 - 2 Jun 2008
 
Last two months I was in Phoenix, Arizona. Not only working there, I also had a vacation during my stay, traveling some interesting places in vicinity. This is the first article of America series.

Few photos from PIMA Air and Space Museum located in Tucson, Arizona. About 170 different types of airplane is exhibited here. Really interesting collection for any aviation enthusiast.

Some photos from our trip to Superstition Mountains, the range located eastern from Phoenix, about five miles north-east from Apache junction.

Some photos from our trip to the Grand Canyon National Park. The descent down and the way back up showed us what the "Grand" means, also we experienced really interesting trip that my wife calls reversed-mountain.

Pictures from famous Zion National Park. We spent three days in vicinity and hiked Angel's Landing, Observation Point, Echo Canyon, Hidden Canyon and Emerald Pools. Really amazing piece of rock carved over years by Virgin River.

Bryce Canyon is interesting area of delicately carved spires in red color. The national park offers three amphiteathers to watch, hike and enjoy.

Two days of visit in Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Very deserted, but beautiful area on Utah's southern border. We trailed to Upper Calf Creek, tried to ride to the Hole in the Rock and hiked canyon in area below the Yellow Rock.

Arizona is the state of multitude of contrasts. On the one side there is a hot desert with dry rocks, on the other there are mountains covered with snow. Both luring people like us to climb or hike there.

Visit in Sedona area. One trail was so called West Fork Trail in the Oak Canyon, second stop was in town of Sedona with beautiful views to whole areas of red rocks.

Pictures from our visit to Desert Botanic Garden in Phoenix. On fenced area you can see unbelievable number of various cactuses. Also many interesting information about desert animals and about whole ecosystem of Sonora desert.

Because of aircraft carrier museum we visited San Diego and were surprised by nice coastal city, very green and inspirating. Photos in this article are from walking the city and visiting SeaWorld park.

During the stay in San Diego I must seen the aircraft carrier USS Midway, that is on display in San Diego Bay. Six hours on board was not enough to thoroughly inspect interesting aspects of the ship. In one word - amazing.

During return from San Diego we splitted 500 mile long way and stopped for night and day in Joshua Tree National Park. Night just below stairy sky and moving trees was cold, but unforgettable, then we made few trips in the park.

Nine hours changing flight from Phoenix to Prague we spent visiting New York City, especially what we know about it - Manhattan. Having slept almost whole time, blindly seen Central Park, Empire State Building and Broadway.

 

South Bohemia

15 Sep 2007 - 20 Sep 2007
 
Almost complete week on bike travelling near south border of Czech republic - it is that with Austria. Nice countryside changed with fish farming, you can see many artificial lakes there.

 

Corsica

4 Jul 2007 - 15 Jul 2007
 
This vacation we decided to spend on Corsica, small, but mountaineous island in Mediterranean sea. Here is the arrival onto Corsica's biggest port named Bastia, some sea fun and then move in mountains through pass called Scala di Santa Regina = A stairway of the queen.

First few days in Corsica mountains. The testing of our condition by ascent to Corsician Matterhorn - Paglia Orga. Following day started four-day trip over well famous trail GR20. The beautiful lake Lac de Nino with horses all around and more lakes next day.

This is the highest and the most difficult part of our trekking over Corsica mountains. Monte Rotondo, is second highest summit. Monte D'Oro, the beautiful pyramid. Monte Cinto, the highest one. It took a loot of sweat, but as a reward we got amazing landscape of mountains with sea in distance.

Some photo remains of Corsica. Mostly seashore areas where important towns are laying. Pictures are from Bastia and Ajaccio.

 

Amsterdam

20 Jan 2007 - 25 Jan 2007
 
Once one of the richest towns of Europe, important seaport, where the best goods from India was to buy. That was Amsterdam of 17th century. We explored this city now, and were not disappointed.

 

High Tatras

15 Oct 2006 - 22 Oct 2006
 
Start of our honeymoon. We decided to go to the highest mountains of Slovakia - The High Tatras. We were a little afraid of ice and snow danger, but it turned out to be really fine.

Our honeymoon continues. After dramatic time near Green lake the remaining part is devoted to slovak cuisine, photography (the early morning panorama) and a bit of hiking.

 

Slovak mountains

1 Jul 2006 - 8 Jul 2006
 
The beginning of one week long hike over some Slovakia mountains. We had started in Blatnica and traverse over Velka Fatra. A few days later we reached Ruzomberok, dirty and sweat through. Before next part we must find some water

Our trip continues ... we could clean ourselves in blue waters of Liptovska Mara. Then followed Rohace, part of Western Tatras. Sharp ridges and deep valleys, beautiful sceneries.

 

Jeseniky

25 Feb 2006 - 4 Mar 2006
 
Sitting in the train, looking forward to next week that we are going to spend in Jeseniky mountains. We took all our ski equipment and tried to wreck ourselves there. We were mostly successful I had to say.

In Czech republic there was large pre-WW2 fortification system, built on French patterns. Large forts made of concrete was armed mainly by machine guns and should stop enemy (Hitler's Germany in this case) from penetration into republic. This article was translated into English

 

Paris|France

14 Aug 2005 - 20 Aug 2005
 
Paris - city of cities. Capital town when you talk about fashion, fine arts or gastronomic experiences. Coffee bars, small shops, green boulevards. Beautiful iron tower designed by Alexandre Eiffel, monumental cathedral of Notre Dame, iron and glass shining skyscrapers in La Defence. Hot and full of life town on Seina river. Welcome there ...

Some photos from Paris, mostly about food. How to eat shrimp. Some cloudy pictures from La Defence, skyscrapers town along with some sunny pictures from botanic garden.

Last article about Paris. Fly through french history, shown upon old buildings, churches and domes. Last few pictures are from Centre de Villette - a park containing biggest technical museum in Europe. Great technical exposition, 3D cinemas, real submarine ready for your visit. See some views.

 

Dolomits|Italy

2 Jul 2005 - 10 Jul 2005
 
In Italy you can find a lot of great things, for example the mountains and ice-cream, which is there called gellato. We tried both during our one week trip around Northern Dolomits.

Best of our climbing and hiking here happens in second part of week. The most beautiful Via Ferata with fine views and snowy ascent on the highest mountain of Sella Group, the Piz Boe, 3152m.

 

Croatia

30 Aug 2004 - 5 Sep 2004
 
First stop of our Croatia trip. In Hungary, near Balaton lake there is town Heviz. It is famous for its thermal springs - warm water fill the small natural pool and there is a wooden castle built on. Also nice flowers were all around there.

Second stop was to visit Plitvice lakes - a river with content of calcite built some natural barriers there and a lot of lakes appears. Entrance fee is six euro. How natural.

What I do not like very much is walrusing around the beach. So I persuaded Alice to make short trip to mountains towered above Makarska town. I was nearly one and half kilometer in vertical distance, hot sun above head. Mind you, the beer after return we loved.

Some photos from summer holiday. Nice sea, ancient beautiful cities and full days of sunshine.

I like sea and taking photographs. The trip to the Adriatic sea was opportunity to try another photographic discipline - taking snaps under the water. So I bought a simple and cheap camera made by Fuji, and tried to use it. Some snaps were not as bad as I expected, so you can see some of them here. I also broke the case to see, how is it made.

 

Julian Alps

2 Jul 2004 - 11 Jul 2004
 
One week spent on the mountains, namely on Julian Alps in Slovenia. It was wonderful, by the way we climb up the highest mountain there, Triglav. It is so far our record.

 

 

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