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  Wanderlust Home and Pet Care

Czech Part 2

February 10: Tomorrow we leave for Prague and an airport hotel. I am glad to leave the coal smoke - bad for my lungs and Gary’s skin. Sunday we fly to Dubai.  Kiev weather is not conducive to touring outside. Lows of -19 degrees centigrade or -2 Fahrenheit.  Our friend Pierre lives there and we will spend 5 days with him. Should be fun.

January 31: We arrive at the Glass blowing Factory and Mini Brewery located in Harrachov also known for their ski area near the border of Czech and Poland. We have been to the glass blowing factory of Murano but this was so much better. They were making wine glasses the day we were there. The molds are made of wood and can only be used 3 days. They have a team of people each having their own job: blow the bulb, heat the tip of the bulb, the tip is pulled to become the stem, and finally a piece of glass is added to make the stand. This is all done on the initial rod that removed the liquefied glass from the furnace. The rod is hung from a conveyor which then travels to  a person that knocks the glass off of the rod and puts the glass into a cooling furnace. We then went to the cutting area where a person is putting a design on the glass. These people have steady hands and a good eye to follow the pattern that has been drawn on the glass. This was a good day (dobry den).

January 30: Purchased our plane tickets for Kiev Ukraine.

January 27: We have a 9 am tour reservation for the Detoa Toy Factory. It was amazing see the process entire process of taking a piece of wood and making it into a toy. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let us take pictures of the lathes.

January 22: It’s Sunday, my day to cook breakfast. Instead of regular pancakes which is labor intensive I baked a

Dutch apple pancake.

Preheat oven to 350 F or 180 C

1 apple peeled and sliced

Brown sugar



Put all of the above in a fry pan and cook to soften the apples and make a caramel sauce. Place large pan into oven to heat along with some butter.

3 eggs

1/2 c milk

1/2 c flour

1 tablespoon sour cream (I substituted yogurt)

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat eggs until frothy. Add remaining ingredients to blend. Remove pan from oven and swirl butter to coat pan. Pour apple mixture into pan. Pour egg mixture over apples. Place pan into oven and bake 25 minutes. Serve with syrup. Serves 2 hungry people.

January 21: The big snow blower came by to widen the street - fun to watch.

January 18: We awake to a day of clear skies and sunshine. It is only our second time since we have been here that we have a fully clear sky.

I jump out of bed and dash to get dressed and out the door to take pictures of our temporary home in Josefuv Dul. I get back home to a hot breakfast of eggs and bacon. Gary & I go outside to get some shoveling done as the Inn will have guests this weekend. Once the shoveling is done we hop in the car to drive around and take pictures of the area in the sunshine. The sun gives a warm and welcoming glow to everything we see.

Detoa Toys