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Our Eastern Europe Trip - in pictures...

It was our plan to travel round Eastern Europe for 4 weeks during August and early September 2007, as a shakedown for our planned Round the World trip. Whilst things didn't turn out the way we wanted - we only managed 2 weeks before we were hit by a truck in Slovakia - the trip provided many happy memories and this gallery is a collection of the photographs that bring those memories to life...

Join us, as we set off on our adventure...


 

Arriving in Dover, ready to catch the ferry at the start of our adventure...

1st night, in the Formule 1 at St Omer, with a cool bottle of Grolsch to sooth aching bones and tired minds...

Camping is what we like best - and this is one of our favourite sites - Charlevilles-Mezieres, France, near the Belgian border...

"Zis is ze galick..." - Paul prepares our first campsite meal...

Cheers - red wine (in a stainless mug) and spag bol, camp style!

The beautiful river by the campsite, somewhere in Germany...

Roadside stop to stretch our legs, somewhere in Germany...

Just after crossing the Czech border, stopping for a much-needed drink in the sunshine...

The beautiful campsite Na Spici at Radasov, Czech Republic

Waking to a misty morning at Na Spici

Stopping in the Czech Republic, en-route to Prague, via an unplanned detour (otherwise known as "lost")...

Vast expanses of nothing much... Czech countryside...

Huge crowds gather to watch the Astronomical Clock chime in Prague

And the band played on... Charles Bridge, Prague

A hearty meal, Czech style... (makes me feel full, just looking at it!)

Our hotel room at the Extoll Inn (recommended!)

Birthday boy... sarcastic cards as usual...

Prague... a beautiful city...

Kafka museum with some interesting statues (caught Tracy's eye...)

Prague city trams, a change from the bikes and a great way round the city...

Changing the guard at Prague castle

The beautiful castle at Cesky Krumlov in southern Czech Republic - a really jewel of a town...

The square at Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov castle, complete with dramatic sky

"Add a pinch of salt..." - Paul cooking (again!)

Returning into the Czech Republic after a short trip into Austria...

Czech countryside - a joy to ride through...

Lydia gets her new boots... from a garage in Brno...

Indoor cooking - outside was pouring with rain, but that didn't stop Paul rustling up something tasty...

Yumm... camping food - and none of the pre-packed nonsense favoured by Ewan and Charlie...

The bike park at Brno MotoGP circuit left quite a lot to be desired... good job we did the off-road skills course first!

About to enter Slovakia!

Paul at the Slovakian border...

Waking up after the storms, Varin campsite, Slovakia

Mala Fatra national park, Slovakia... stunning...

Paul at the top of the Vratna cable car lift

The Vratna cable car - taking hikers (and bikers) to the top...

Tracy doesn't like heights...

Typical Slovakian village

The open road, Slovakia

Tatra mountains from Eurocamping, near Velka Lomnica, Slovakia

Tracy catches up with her email, courtesy of an unsecured wi-fi network!

The delapidated hotel, Eurocamping, Slovakia...

The birthday girl opens her cards, with the Tatra mountains in the background

The Tatras as seen from our campsite

Entering the ice cave at Dobsinka, Slovakia

Dobsinka ice cave, Slovakia

Dobsinka ice cave, Slovakia

Dobsinka ice cave, Slovakia

Dobsinka ice cave, Slovakia

By the lake outside Dedinky in the Slovensky Raj, Slovakia

Dedinky, Slovakia

The beautiful town of Levoca, Slovakia

Levoca's beautiful 16th century town hall

Tracy takes shelter from the intense sun, Levoca, Slovakia

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