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Day 25

Climbed Mt Marjan this morning (1.5hrs). Terrific view over Split.
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Walked to their 'beaches' this afternoon. Very different to ours-no sand, but lots of activity around the shoreline with cafes, bars and clubs. Sunny 22'.

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Day 24

Brac

Spent the morning doing a walking tour of the Diocletian's Palace. Medieval castle that is well restored in most places but now contains shops, cafes, residences, accommodation, but still accessible to tourists. Climbed the bell tower.
Caught the 11am ferry to Brac (biggest & closest island to Split). Ferry takes an hour ($10).
Hired a car (more like a 4 wheel scooter) and drove around the island to a few of the little towns.

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Very rocky island with lots of large piles of rocks that have been removed from the land to be able to cultivate. Some of these rocks are then used to build boundary walls. Island famous for it's white stone from the quarry (even used in the White House).
The ocean water is fantastically clear with a rocky bottom-very inviting!

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Day 22

Plzen

Drove to Plzen (2hrs)-very foggy morning but cleared up for the rest of the day. Big city, home of Pilsener beer! We stayed within the Old Town & just did a walking tour & ventured out to the brewery site-lovely entry gates & a little town of its own.
In the afternoon did a tour of the underground tunnels under the city (20km long!). The tunnels were used for brewing, storing & selling beer. Had a couple of ales of course.

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Day 21

What a gorgeous town! The Vltava River meanders it's way through this medieval town. so there are wooden foot bridges all over. The second largest castle in Czech Republic towers over the city on a nearby hill. The old town caters purely for tourists and there are hundreds of (cheap) restaurants and bars in such a small area. The city is a UNESCO site, so all the buildings when renovated have to be done so in original style. We did a 1.5 hr guided town walk this morning with a very informative & interesting guide, then took some lunch up to the castle and ate it in the huge castle gardens there-very pleasant! We then climbed the castle tower
(196 steps).
Finished the day with another walk around town, then dinner out at another traditional Czech restaurant.
Beautiful fine day today with blue skies, still cool but pleasant.

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Day 20

Kutna Hora & Cesky Krumlov

Hired a car this morning and drove to Kutna Hora (1.5hrs). (Petrol $2.00) Houses starting to get more Alpine with A-frame rooves.
Kutna Hora is a quaint, small traditional town with less tourists.Also very tourist friendly with many signs in English (better than in Prague).
Beautiful views over rolling hills with a majestic St Barbara cathedral on one hill. Also famous for the Sedlec Ossuary which is a small chapel that has been totally decorated with human skeletal bones which were dug up from the 14th century cemetery on the site, using bones from
40 000 skeletons!! It boasts a chandelier which contains every bone of the human body!

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Than travelled on to Cesky Krumlov (3hrs). Drove through beautiful forests (again with beaut Autumn colours) and rural areas. The scenery reminded us of many drives through our south west.
Cesky Krumlov again is a picturesque quaint town with lots of wonderful alleyways to discover & the Vltava River flowing through it.
Staying in a great 'Penzion' backed into a hill with our own balcony overlooking the Old Town (another hill to climb home)

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Found a great restaurant down a narrow alley-an old stable. Ordered a mixed grill (for 2) with 3veg, being baked potato, potato fritter & potato chips!! Sound familiar boys?

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