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Lednice & Mikulov

As we sat over breakfast at my friend Lilka's house in Popůvky we were thinking of places to go. that day.

We were staying with her and her family. Husband Jarek and son Tomas. When I taught in the grammar school in Zastávka u Brna in the 1990's, she had been a colleague. She is an engineer and she taught computer studies and I taught English!

We hit on the idea of driving a short distance towards Břeclav and maybe trying out some of the Moravian wine cellars. We then decided that that was more of an afternoon and evening this so we would go to Lednice Castle instead.

Popůvky is to the west of Brno and Lednice is to the south-east, a journey of about 65 kilometres. It took about 40 minutes on the highway to get there.

We took a long walk around the gardens and even extravagantly took a ride in a horse and carriage. Not something that my wallet usually stumps up for. But as usual Lilka had driven and we were living rent free for a few days as she won't take any money. usually we pay our way by taking gifts from UK, and paying for visits and meals out. Even then we have to be quick to beat Jarek from paying, often losing out!

I took a few photos as we walked around. The castle had been recently painted and the colour reminded me of a block of Lurpak butter. Not too yellow but awkward!

Lednice Castle - Castle facade

Lednice Castle - Castle facade

Lednice Castle - Castle facade

Lednice Castle - Castle facade

Lednice Castle - Castle facade

Lednice Castle - Castle facade

Lednice Castle - Minaret

Lednice Castle - Minaret

Lednice Castle - Greenhouse

Lednice Castle - Greenhouse

Lednice Castle - tourist boat

Lednice Castle - tourist boat

After that we needed lunch and we retired to an open air restaurant in the town centre to eat. Very nice to sit outside and eat and chat.

On the way back we went a different way via Mikulov. Mikulov is where the border with Austria starts. Back in the 90's I was a regular passer-through here as I made my way to Austria to buy an English newspaper.

It might sound sad now, but nowhere in Brno or the "okres" was that possible. However, at the bar just up the slope in Drasenhofen, Austria, it was possible to buy a two day old paper! Not every week but quite often. As I was on my Suzuki GT750A each time I became known to the border guards and customs. I used my British passport and my Czech foreigner pass each time. The ČR wasn't in the EU at the time and there was a hard border.

Mikulov has a castle and really nice old town and sits mostly on a hill commanding the plain as far as the Morava river and into Austria. We parked up and walked around, some photos got taken, some wine was bought from some of the many cellars/sellers. Tasting for another evening!

Mikulov

Mikulov

Mikulov

Mikulov

Mikulov

Mikulov

Mikulov - Dietrichstein Tomb

Mikulov - Dietrichstein Tomb

Mikulov Castle

Mikulov Castle

Mikulov - St. Sebastian Chapel on the Holy Hill

Mikulov - St. Sebastian Chapel on the Holy Hill

From Mikulov it was a quick journey up S52 to Brno and along to Popůvky.

A really nice day out. Where next?

Posted by InvictaMoto 08:33 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged brno lednice mikulov popůvky moravia Comments (0)

2016 - Day Five

Raceday at Brno

Up early and the weather had turned. From about 3am it had been raining. It was still raining as we had breakfast and then set off to get the free bus from just up the road from Lilka's house.

This time not wearing shorts and t-shirt but full bike waterproofs and boots. We were equipped with borrowed umbrellas.

We decided to cut the trek and view from the bank at G. I think the hill is the one called Horsepower Hill. We had a good spot right at the top where it was flat and then at times had to defend from people that think standing an inch from you is acceptable. Maybe on a Tokyo subway train, just maybe!

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

MotoGP Race Day

It rained through warm-up and to the start of the MotoGP race. This benefited the British racers as Scottish rider John McPhee won Moto3 by a country mile, Sam Lowes finished third in Moto2 and inspired tyre choice saw Cal Crutchlow in the MotoGP race from Valentino Rossi (hurrah) and Mark Marquez (boo-hiss).

We sang the National Anthem twice on the day. Pity the other British were too ignorant to join in.

As Red Bull Rookies started we had a wander and as part of the thank you gift, we bought Tomas a GP16 baseball cap.

The bus ride back wasn't as bad as the way up. No 45 minutes of travel chaos caused by police not enforcing the bus lane to the circuit. So on the way back we weren't sweating in non aircon buses whilst wearing full gear!!

Our last evening in Brno. We have been invited to a meal with Jiri in Ostrovacice and so we piled in Lilka's car and headed off. They had cleared up pretty well and there was hardly a sign of the signage for the GP circuit as we went past. Just the darned roadworks blocking the nearby entrance to the D1.

Jiri's new house he is building is a tech marvel with electronic controls and an eco roof. The former way over my head.

We had a great time and then headed, full up, back to bed.

Posted by InvictaMoto 20:00 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged motorcycling brno motogp Comments (0)

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