We’ve just been on our summer trip to stay with family in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
This time we hired a car so we could do more day trips.
We went to the Punkva Caves. There’s a guided tour including a section on a boat on an underground river.
Later the same day, we went to Castle Bouzov, which has featured in Czech films.
We also visited another castle – Hukvaldy. This one’s in ruins but still impressive and with plenty to see including great views over the mountains.
We tried to visit the Landek mining museum in Ostrava but were put off by the two-hour long tour, so entertained ourselves on the disused machines outside instead.
Our final day trip was to the Wallachian Open Air Museum, a very interesting collection of traditional wooden houses and mills.
After dropping the car off we had a couple of nights in Prague. We stayed at the rather bizarre ‘Artharmony’ hotel.
We made the most of our short stay in Prague by doing some traditional sightseeing.
We went up the Petřin Tower where I got awful vertigo!
And we played in the parks.
All in all it was an excellent holiday.
We had a lovely Easter break. We stayed for a week in a cottage in Cumbria, overlooking Coulderton Beach and the Irish Sea.
We spent much of our time on the beach.
One day, we flew our homemade kites.
We took the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway into Eskdale and visited Stanley Force waterfall.
We spent a (very windy) day exploring St Bee’s Head and Fleswick Bay.
Here are some other photos from our trip.
After our trip in Cumbria we spent some time with the grandparents in Cheshire.
Finally, we stopped over in Blackpool on our way home…
…but our abiding memory is the time spent on that wonderful beach by our cottage.
Ben turned 4 in August. In his own words, he’s ‘a big boy now’.
Last week we travelled to Cumbria to pick up a bicycle for Ben and we stayed overnight.
We enjoyed the high nets at Brockhole Visitor Centre.
In Penrith, we clambored over the castle ruins.
And finally, we visited the wonderful Walby Farm Park near Carlisle (and yes, the slides were great fun!).
Back home, it was time to try out the new bike, and Ellie her new roller-skates.
In July we we went on our summer holiday to stay with our family in the Czech Republic, near Ostrava.
We spent our time enjoying the warm weather and spending time with family.
While we were there, we went on a few day trips. We visited Ostrava’s castle, which has an eclectic range of exhibits.
Nearby, we also stopped at the rather unique “Fairytale Ghost Cellars”.
We also visited Ostrava Zoo. Believe it or not, the guinea-pigs were easily the most popular attraction there!
And here are some of the other things we got up to.
In May, we went for a long weekend to stay in a Hobbit Hole (yep, it’s a real thing).
We found it while searching for a glamping holiday. The Hobbit Holes are on a campsite called the Quiet Site, above Ullswater in the Lake District. They are essentially a basic room with heating and lighting and a toilet. It was lovely and cosy.
The Quiet Site was a fantastic place to stay.
On our first day, we boarded an Ullswater Steamer, which took us to the other side of the lake…
… where we went on a short walk in the beautiful surroundings of Hallin Fell.
Ben tested his rock climbing skills…
… and both kids were brave enough to dip their feet in the cold lake water.
We ended the day with a good appetite. Good job we had cooking facilities back at the Hobbit Hole!
Over the next two days, we got lucky with ever better weather, and spent our time taking walks in beautiful countryside and pottering by streams and the lake-side.
We ended the holiday planning our next one!