Podcast survey

When we were contemplating our new challenges for 2018, we got quite excited about the idea of doing a regular podcast. This would give us more scope to bring you up-to-date travel news, interview some people you might not usually get to hear and even bring some audio reports back from the field. But we … More Podcast survey

Five star fizz for two bashful Brits

Spa resorts like beautiful Mariánské Lázně are, inevitably, all about the water. But there are so many ways this town’s 40 thermal springs have helped the place grow into the success it is today. Drinking the water–some of it with a distinctly sulphurous tinge–is said to have a range of health benefits loved by royalty, … More Five star fizz for two bashful Brits

Review: Danubius Health Spa Resort Nové Lázně, Mariánské Lázně

Introduction: Time of year: Late January/early February 2018. Purpose of trip: This was the third stop on our visit to the Czech Republic and a chance to relax after a busy few days. Why we chose this place: Mariánské Lázně is a beautiful, historic spa town which developed in the early 1800s after numerous mineral springs … More Review: Danubius Health Spa Resort Nové Lázně, Mariánské Lázně

Review: EUROPE BY RAIL – The Definitive Guide

We spent a week travelling round the Czech Republic recently–some of it by train. We actually messed up one of our journeys and I kicked myself for not having this book with us to refer to. I’d left it at home to make space for my snow boots. Ironically, we hardly saw a flake of … More Review: EUROPE BY RAIL – The Definitive Guide

Review: Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Cesky Krumlov

I’ve always loved taking photographs. At 13, my Dad bought me my first SLR camera. At 16, I was selling cameras and developing services in Boot’s on Saturdays. And these days, I provide some photographic tips and take pretty much all the pictures for this site and our Instagram account. So I was really pleased … More Review: Museum Fotoatelier Seidel, Cesky Krumlov

Český Krumlov: beautifully surprising

As Bohemian rhapsodies go, it was pretty simple, really: a man on a bridge over the Vltava River with a barrel organ, turning the handle so it spilled out a little Czech melody. It sounded like summer; but the air was so bitingly cold and clear, that you could still hear the tinkling melody from … More Český Krumlov: beautifully surprising

Pilsen: The city where it pays to drink and drive

In our journey from Cesky Krumlov to Marianske Lazne, we had a few hours to spend in the centre of the Czech Republic’s fourth largest city – Pilsen, or as they say in Czech, Plzeň. Pilsen Tourism had organised a guided tour for us and we learnt so much about this West Bohemian city in just … More Pilsen: The city where it pays to drink and drive

Worlds apart in modern Czech Republic

In Český Krumlov, we had a wonderful guide show us around this town, steeped in historical intrigue. Our guide had grown up in the vicinity and being inquisitive types, we quizzed her about topics outside the bygone days. In particular, as it falls within our lifetimes, we wanted to understand how things were growing up under … More Worlds apart in modern Czech Republic