How we traveled to North Bohemia

It is a christmas tradition in Czech Republic to visit your close family -granpas, aunts, nieces and cousins after the Christmas Eve. It reminds me of hobits from Tolkien. All the relatives visiting each other, talking and eating all day. Thousands of families are crossing the country in cars, buses and trains at that time.

I have grandpas in North Bohemia, close to Jablonec nad Nisou. That is a town with a long history of glass making. And so we were traveling the 27th of December from Olomouc to Prague by train and then by car to North Bohemia. It was a great journey with lots of coffee and fun.

We used LEO Express company on our journey to Prague since they are very friendly and have good coffee.

When going from Prague to Jablonec nad Nisou you can either use a highway or take the scenic route through small villages. And my dad likes to combine these two, so lets check out the photos of both these possibilities now.

This is how most of our paths look right now in the mild winter we have here. We are still waiting for snow.
This is how most of our paths look right now in the mild winter we have here. We are still waiting for snow.
The highway was nicely dry and it seemed everyone was already having lunch or something because it was completely free. Surprising even more than the missing snow.
The highway was nicely dry and it seemed everyone was already having lunch or something because it was completely free. Surprising even more than the missing snow.

Then we decided for the scenic route. Here we are – czech countryside in winter:

Our countryside is full of alleys like this one. It is ussually apple trees.
Our countryside is full of alleys like this one. It is usually apple trees.
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In every town and every villiage in Czech republic you can find at least one church like this one.
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A pond is traditionally part of every village as well, if you dont live in the mountains. ( The biggest number of ponds you can find in South Bohemia)

On our journey we were crossing the Bohemian Paradise region. You may check out my post about this region HERE. (in future)

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The castle Kost (The Bone) – A very big and beautiful castle close to Mladá Boleslav in Bohemian Paradise. The castles website : http://www.hrad-kost.cz/en/
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The sandstones in Bohemian paradise are well known for their beauty and possibility to climb them. (If you are into climbing these rocks you should check out the official website http://www.cesky-raj.info/redakce/index.php?xuser=&lanG=en&subakce=scearch&scearchText=climbing)

Later we got to North Bohemia region, where you can see beautiful and cosy houses in black/brown and white .colour These are typical buildings of this region.

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Freshly new house built in the typical style of North Bohemia
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Old cottage

Finally we got to Jablonec nad Nisou where my grandpas live. It is a nice small town in Jizerské mountains close to Liberec town.

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The first houses of Jablonec nad Nisou (Jablonec above Nisa river) town.
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The townhall in Jablonec nad Nisou and the main square
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A street and a church in Jablonec nad Nisou

What is there to see in Jablonec? Check out the wonderful museum of glass or the official website of the town.

In the museum you can see glass jewellery, beads, buttons, glasses and glass dishes and christmas decorations. It is a wonderful museum and there are so many things your head may explode so watch out.

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buttons
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glass beads from Bohemia company

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We got to the granpas sound and safe and they were already waiting for us with lunch and christmas cookies.

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Such a long post, here have a potato in a form of my grandma´s cat.
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