17.09.2015 - 21.09.2015 22 °C
And the adventure continues!
After one working-bee day, John took us back to his sister-in-law’ (Nadia Skardova nee Kubaskova) house for lunch. Nadia is absolutely lovely and spoilt the boys with gifts and cooked us a delicious lunch. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of our eating spot. It was a beautiful day and very relaxing for us having lunch and enjoying a beer. Nadia is also an internationally recognised artist and was assistant professor of Art at the University of West Bohemia. I don’t think we really got to understand the full extent of her work. However she certainly loved Cameron’s picture of a train that he drew and agreed to paint a picture of the Pokémon character Charizard which we are looking forward to seeing sometime in future.
It wasn’t all castles and old towns, we did manage to find a pretty cool Dino-Park to entertain the boys. Lachlan had a report to write for his schoolwork and took off taking photos of all sorts of Dinosaurs. The boys even had a chance to undertake some digging for dinosaur fossils in the Dino-park sand pit.
We also found a good park with climbing walls for the boys
Pilsen quite obviously is the home of Pilsen beer courtesy of the Pilsener Urquell brewery. We walked around the production area and got to sample the unfiltered beer straight from the barrel. Tan and Ash agreed that the filtered product was far better!
There is a fairly extensive underground passage network in the old town. This consists of around 7-8 kms of tunnels and we took a tour to have a look around. These tunnels were primarily there for food storage and safe passage during town invasions in earlier centuries.
There is a 12th century cathedral in Pilsen (as there are in nearly all towns) however this is fairly prominent with a 100 metre spire (a photo of the cathedral is in Part 1). We took a walk to the top of the tower to take some photos of the surrounding city area.
After initially taking a train in the wrong direction, we ended up arriving in Rokycany to visit the Demarcation Line. This is the spot where, on the 7th May 1945, American (travelling East from Normandy) and Russian (travelling West) troops came to a common point during the last days of WWII as they liberated Europe from the Nazis. The Americans agreed with Russia to move no further East than this point. We weren’t quite sure of the exact location of the monument, however we happened to run into very friendly and helpful town police, who happily escorted us to the site. They couldn’t believe we were from Australia and we had a great interaction with them (despite my non-existent and John’s limited Czech language skills).
So after an enjoyable stay in Pilsen, which of course flew by with everything we'd done, we are off to Prague now.......