Through the mountains and to Olomouc Czech Republic

Cold and rain greeted us as we packed up Willhelm for another day on the road

We were headed for Olomouc in the Czech Republic and only had a few hundred km to travel. Jacob planned a detour that added in some extra distance but took us up into the mountains. It’s great driving these roads. There’s generally not too much traffic but sometimes the roads are a bit narrow and rough. Willhelm takes all this in his stride 🙂 and is a lovely car to drive.
On the way we passed through the large town of Zilina or Zilnia. Lo and behold we found a Kia car plant here. And with the Skoda being a Czech vehicle, this area has more than its share of manufacturing.

Passing over the border between Slovakia and the Czech Republic we made sure we got the obligatory border crossing photos. All the border posts are now relics of a time gone by.

We found our accommodation and Jacob was an immediate hit with the owner as he spoke German, and none of her relatives did. She said she learnt German because of the wAr ‘but that was another story’ she said.

What we’d seen of Olomouc on the way on was not impressive. It was a built up city of 100,000, small by Asian standards, and unattractive accommodation apartments

Guided by our hostess, we headed off into the old city and found a wonderful very old living town. Yes there were tourists but the majority of those in the old town appeared to live there. Students and shoppers going about their daily lives. Unlike Melk and the lovely Cesky Krumlov which are clearly tourist villages, this one felt really lived in.

Jacob had found the village mentioned in his bible hence our booking here. And he also found a pub called Moritz that came highly recommended. So that’s were we had a dinner of local fare and beer and made our way home in the dark on a very quiet Monday night.

I hope you enjoy the photos

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