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P1000645The Czech Eden is, quite simply, a superb holiday destination, worth visiting and trying ……… somewhere new is always fun and exciting.

 

DSCN9178DSCN9167For those wanting to engage their “get up and go” – choose from a wide range of activities to blow away the cobwebs and rejuvenate the body. The forests and hilly landscape give ample opportunity for walking, rambling, hiking, serious rock climbing, trail running, scooting, challenging mountain biking trails or thrilling mountain road rides. It’s the perfect place to train for those upcoming events.

P1070200The beautiful lakes and rivers are ideal for swimming, canoeing and kayaking.

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In the winter, there are local slopes for beginner / intermediate downhill and cross country skiing as well as tobogganing. In 2009, the World Cup cross country championships were held in Liberec which is 30 minutes drive from the house.

If you want a day or two of more comprehensive skiing, lift passes and ski hire are available at reasonable rates in the ski resorts – approximately 1 1/2 hours drive away.

DSCN2127As an alternative, visit one of the many historic houses or ancient ruinDSCN9235s and discover the fascinating and rich history of the Czech Republic. Not surprisingly, the stunning architecture
has made some of these venues highly desirable as film locations.

Only 25 years ago, the region was securely locked behind the impenetrable security of the “Iron Curtain” imposed by Communism. During this “lock down” period, the Czechs were unable to obtain many western products and consequently a number of Czech brands were developed locally. Try “Kofola” as an alternative to Coca-Cola. There are also a variety of Czech brewed internationally renowned beers and you may enjoy Slivovitza, a delicious plum brandy.

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At Christmas and Easter, days trips into Prague are well worth a visit to explore the traditional markets. Here you can select an original gift or try some authentic Czech food.

The area is also famous for the manufacture of flame polished glass beads, Czech crystal and garnet. Many local stores sell beautiful jewellery and ornaments as well as various types of crystal glassware.

And if all that sounds too exhausting and you just want to relax, then make yourself comfy in the hammock or cosy lounge and indulge in that book you’ve been waiting to read.