Sleeping Under the Stars

Vojta and Bara came to Prague for a weekend. First night Altenburg 1964 - edgy but nice riverside place to hang out and chill. Saturday morning we went to Bohdalec to pick wild blackberries and explore the remains of Obecna skola (movie by dir. Sverak - totally worth seeing). Then proper Vietnamese lunch in Prague Malesice, Klicov orchard exploration and back home to watch Tour de France. What now? According to Bara the weather was going to be good so why don't we go and sleep under the stars at the Homolak lake.

Just when we arrived first raindrops started to fall. Instantly Vojta became gloomy and suggested to have a swim and travel back to Prague. "It's also THOSE PEOPLE everywhere", he said commenting on about a dozen of folks scattered around in distance. Whatever, let's jump in the warm water!

 This is our brand new stylish towel we bought at the Vietnamese market!


It's 8 PM and our camp is ready. I had chopped down some birches and together we built a shelter for three. It is not about should I stay or should I go for Vojta anymore. The trees had fallen, the campfire is ready - our tribe is staying.

The night was so so. The beer we brought helped us to fall asleep quite fast. After midnight it began to drizzle. Not much but just enough to make you wake up and feel wet and grumpy before sunrise.

It's 6AM, we are up and hungry. All wood is damp. No fire this time. It stopped raining and our mood is getting better.

 Whatever, we brought some coldbrew coffee and cottage cheese with our blackberries. Lovely!

 Time to take a photo of our shelter and off we go.

 One last photo of the landscape around Homolak.

Rising sun on our way home. Tired but very happy.


Oslava bike trip

Why not start a 75km bike trip getting a flat tire straight away?!

 all fixed! cruising along the Oslava river is such a pleasure

among local tramps, holidaymakers...

 ...and indians! We were politely greeted by them

 Beautiful narrow trails - Ivan getting all set for some serious descending.

 another summer camp

 Ivančice u Brna - river chillout

accidental Wes Anderson


Everything is great about this pub in the village of Troubsko.
They serve the best bread ever, make tasty snacks and have really outstanding Dalešice beer.



Kersko trip

 A piece of 90s in the woods close to the town of Nymburk.

 Locals say the plan of Kersko neighborhood (40 km² in total) looks like a fern leaf with a rectangular network of roads and paths. Almost every cottage has a generous space around.
The sandy ground does not allow to grow anything more than wild strawberries.

 A strong, ever present longing for an unreachable seaside...

 Bohumil Hrabal's summer house [wiki]

 very happy about this one

 lazy afternoon shooting with Pepa

 ...on the way to Semice

alongside the Labe river

 I hardly ever give names to my photos - but thinking of a nickname - well
"The Gramophone shot" suits here just right.



Dymník - Rauchberg

 The top of Dymnik (516 m) is located near the town of Rumburk. At the very top there is a lookout tower named after the councilor, August Wenschuch who let it built at his own expense in 1896 on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday and devoted it as a gift to the town.

 When propane fails and the going gets tough, ancient indigenous techniques have to be employed!

...resulting into a very nice cup of coffee

We smell of fire and we like it very much.
Bye Dymnik!

Abraumförderbrücke F60

The F60 was built by VEB TAKRAF Lauchhammer in Lichterfeld from 1989 to 1991. It is the largest movable industrial machine ever built. This brown coal conveyor bridge worked just from March 1991 to June 1992. After only 13 months of operation, the F60 was shut down because of reasons related to energy policy. The opencast mine Klettwitz-Nord, where the F60 was located, was closed.

it is here

The steel construction is also known as the „Horizontal Eiffel Tower of Lusatia“. With a total length of 502 meters, the F60 beats the Eiffel Tower, which is 182m shorter.

Thanks to a handful of enthusiasts, led by the local council of Lichterfeld, and to Elke Löwe, a landscape architect from Senftenberg, the F60 could escape its fate. They realized the potential of the bridge, which combines old and new, being not only a symbol of the industrial heritage of the region, but a sign of the structural change as well.


„The F60 is a godsend for the Lausitz region, for Brandenburg and for the whole of Germany“.
[former Federal President Johannes Rau 2003]

74m above ground

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