We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
Our week-long trip to eastern
Germany and the Czech republic was fabulous. We spent 2 days in Dresden and
simply loved it. What a beautiful city. The buildings are extraordinarily
wonderful, full of architectural charm. Mostly rebuilt post-war, it has been
authentically reproduced from plans dating back to the 13th century.
The Zwinger Palace is one of the most extraordinary buildings I’ve ever seen.
Makes those French kings look like complete amateurs.
Snapshot of Dresden
Former Cigarette Factory - Dresden
We had a great time in the
campsite meeting new friends. Firstly Haydn and Jane from Wales. Haydn had a
serious case of camper envy and is now plotting how he can get a Bimobil and
drive to Australia. We also met some fun Dutch people simply because they were
being driven mad by their German neighbour trying to get their satellite dish
to work. Vino with us was a better option.
We also got chummy with an
interesting German guy, Uli, in Dresden to do some business and presentations.
He’s a wildlife monitoring expert among other things.
We were so happy to be back
in our camper lifestyle. We’ve never met anyone staying in hotels, but within 2
days in a campsite we met 5 new friends. Please keep in touch.
Next stop Prague. Prague has
such a big reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and of
course we loved it, but the crowds really did us in. The Castle was just so
busy we didn’t even go inside the enormous gothic Cathedral (within the grounds).
The queue would have been an hour long. We did however climb the cathedral
tower (287 steps) for wonderful views over the vast castle complex and the
city. Lawrence, of course, loved the Czech Republic as the beer was cheaper than the water.
So, yes we’ve seen Prague and
enjoyed it, but one day was enough. We spent the next night in the elegant Victorian
spa town of Karlovy Vary. This town was a joy to wander around with no agenda
to follow. We stayed in a funny little backyard campsite, but managed to get
back into town for a dinner out. It’s not often we do grown-ups dinner when we
are on the road. It was fabulous, sitting by the river, and of course
accompanied by a local wine.
Pretty Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
Now back in Bonn, Autumn has
clearly arrived. The leaves are starting to change colour, there’s a real chill
in the morning air, berry season is over, porcini season has arrived (bit early
I think) and I can’t buy oxtail for love nor money (not sure if that has
anything to do with the season).
We’ll move out of our little
flat next week, and shack up with Stuart until we leave. We need to do a quick
side trip to St Petersburg (to validate visas) then leave here probably latish
Depending on weather, we’ll
head to Luxembourg and then Dijon.