Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bodo to Karlstejn 3,850km – 48 days
Total since Dunkirk 12,100km – 149 days

Freddie Mercury asked the questions “Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” and that is exactly how Deb & I feel as we have been living this adventure for the last 4 years. 

Atlanterhavsveien, the Atlantic Ocean Road

Now back on mainland Norway we headed south through some amazing landscapes heading once more for the Fjordlands.

Norway, Trollstigen tourist route
Geirangerfjord, Norway

Getting up real close & personal to a black glacier.

Briksdalsbreen Glacier, Norway
a nice SUMMER holiday!
Gamle Strynefjellsvegen Tourist route, Norway

No matter how many of these stave churches we saw we couldn’t help taking many pictures while we walked around admiring the different angles.

Lom Stave Church, Norway

Arriving back in Oslo it was time to pick up the first of our guests, my cousin Renee, who would join our circus for a ride to Berlin.

Blomsholm, Sweden – another stone ship thought to be from 500-1050 AD

Whilst in Sweden we have picked up a taste for Smørrebrød, usually a small slice of rye or black bread with a selection of cold cuts, meat or fish with garnish.  Definitely looking forward to more of this when we setup home next year.

Between the Norwegian border and Gothenburg there is an archipelago with some delightful little villages and sunny waterways which we took a few days to explore.

Marstrand, Sweden

Once more in Copenhagen we found a few places we had not previously seen as well as revisiting a few favourites to show Renee.

Rosenborg Slot, Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark

Taking our last ferry to Rostock we were finally back on mainland Europe en-route to Berlin.

Gustrov Palace

As we visited most of the Berlin tourist spots last year this time we spent more time on social activities.  We went with Renee to a show before saying auf wiedersehen as she continued her adventure on her own and then we welcomed Deb’s brother Robert and his wife Vivian.

First of all we caught up with Fokko, our greeter from the last visit, at a pub venue with a good jazz blues band. Then after some art galleries and museums it was back out to a show with Zenaida.  It was called ‘the Grand Show’ and it was certainly that, think Cirque du Soleil meets Moulin Rouge – with costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier.

One Grand Show Friedrichstadt-Palast, Berlin, Germany
the walking dead

With Berlin behind us we entered the Czech Republic anticipating new sights and sounds and we were not disappointed.

Decin – hear no evil, oh stuff it!
Decin – Viv welcoming the autumn

So far the countryside had been amongst the nicest we have seen in central Europe so when we reached Prague we were excited to find that even though a capital city it was warm & welcoming with plenty to do.  Our first day involved a food tour which took us to around 6 different locations trying the local delicacies and a wine tasting.

Czech Republic, Food Tour, Prague
Czech Republic, Food Tour, Prague
Czech Republic, Food Tour, Prague
Czech Republic, Food Tour, Prague
Czech Republic, Food Tour, Prague

The 2nd day we covered the Vysehrad district with it’s splendid Art Nouveau architecture.

Dancing House, Vysehrad district, Prague, Czech Republic
Vysehrad district, Prague, Czech Republic

In return for my new 28-70mm lens which the in-laws carried from Oz for me I promised to attend the ballet….finally found a cure for insomnia.

Prague – National Theatre
Prague – Charles Bridge construction started in 1357
Prague – 30 statues line the Charles bridge, this one with Hebrew & Latin lettering

Apart from the marvelous architecture of the Spanish Synagogue we were also able to attend a wonderful evening of classical music and song as well as some Gershwin.

Spanish Synagogue, Prague, Czech Republic
Vinohrady district – blending in with the local architecture????
Vinohrady district, Prague, Czech Republic
Jerusalem Synagogue – Art Nouveau, Moorish Revival architecture

On the 3rd day Mark & Ruth joined us for tours of the Jewish Quarter and strolls around the castle hill and west bank.

Prague, Czech Republic – Bibliotek
John Lennon Wall, Prague, Czech Republic

As the Manchester cousins could only stay for the weekend we bade them farewell and the party then headed south to explore the rest of Bohemia.

Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Ossuary, Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
You know next to a macabre bone church there’s going to be a macabre souvenir shop, right?
Kutna Hora – Cathedral
Kutna Hora – not a clan meeting, but a silver mine tour
Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
Kutna Hora
Karlstejn Castle, Czech Republic

Filled to the brim with fine food and culture, Karlstejn was where Bobo & Viv left for home and we were once again on our own with Normie getting ready for our last advance on a European capital, Vienna.

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

BTW we are just 6 weeks away from returning to the UK and handing Normie over to his new lucky owner, if you would like that to be you please contact us soon. If you are not quite ready storage until next european summer can be provided.


2 Replies to “Bohemian Rhapsody”

  1. Wow – is there a particular time limit you can be out of Australia before you are considered a “visitor”? You’ll need new visas to get back in 🤣🤣🤣 xxxx

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