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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spring in the Czech Republic

Pictures from today, April 19, in and around Vizovice, Czech Republic.

I love spring.  I love winter too, and fall, and summer (in this climate).  Mostly I love the miraculous changes and cycles of nature.

All those leaves...from one little bud
Future frogs?
Is this why they call it robin-egg blue?
Popcorn popping on the trees
 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Brumov Castle, Czech Republic

Brumov Castle in spring
In Brumov-Bylnice, Czech Republic, near Horni Lidec and the Slovak border

Good defensive location
Not the same gate they had used to have, I bet
Castle courtyard
New life in the Jewish cemetery

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

High Tatras Hikes: Zelene Pleso

Spectacular Hike #3 in the High Tatras: Zelené Pleso
(Hike taken mid March)

Rugged Mountains and frozen waterfalls near Zelene Pleso
Features:  steady ascent, mostly gentle, beautiful creek half frozen in winter, rugged mountains ringing you once you get near the lake, frozen waterfalls of ice on the mountain faces, chata (mountain cabin) and lake at the end. 
Length:  14.6 km round trip
Climb:  671 m
Estimated time:  5 hrs (3 up, 2 down)

Stream half covered in snow

Ice climber.  A little braver than me.

A world of white
 If you go...

Starting point:  Biela Voda bus stop (on the route between Tatranska Lomnica and Tatranska Kotlina)
Color code:  Yellow

Friday, April 10, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Czech Easter crafts

Beautiful Easter crafts in the Czech Republic.

Decorating eggs the traditional way, with wax heated over a candle.
 
Weaving the traditional switch which men flick women's legs with, to give them health and energy

More crafts at an event put on by the city of Vsetin.
Eggs I've decorated or created this year, with the help of wonderful Czechs


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Crazy Weather in the Czech Republic

This morning in Vsetin:
Same view, this afternoon:
Huge snowflakes:
Then, after some rain, some sun, some more snow, some thunder and lightening, we had big soft hail.
Now I'm just sitting here waiting for a heat wave, a flash flood, or a tornado.

Meanwhile, I hear that in Phoenix, Arizona it's 91 degree Fahrenheit, and was 97 the other day (that's 36 Celsius).  Yay for snow-rain-cold-sun-snow-hail days, and waiting for spring with happiness instead of dread.  I love the Czech Republic.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

High Tatras Hikes: Popradske Pleso

Spectacular Hike #2 in the High Tatras: Popradské Pleso

Blue trail near crossroads to Simbolicky Cintorin (symbolic graveyard)

Features:  easy ascent, rugged mountains rising in indescribable splendor all around you, mountain lake (tarn), lunch or drinks on the terrace of Popradské Pleso Chata, watching skiers in winter at Štrbské Pleso.
Length:  9 km
Climb:  391 m
Descent:  323 m
Estimated time:  3 hrs

Beginning of trail near Popradske Pleso train stop

Blue trail, near Popradske Pleso

One of the mountain lodges at Popradske Pleso
The lake is behind, all covered with snow

If you go...

Starting point:  Popradské Pleso train stop.
Ending point:  Štrbské Pleso train station
Color codes:  Blue trail to Popradské Pleso
Green trail and then red trail to Štrbské Pleso (or take the red trail all the way if it's open)

Warnings:  Can be treacherous in winter on the way down if snow has been melting and refreezing, turning icy.