27 May 1942 saw the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. He was one of the most powerful German officers and principal architect of the Holocaust. The 2 Czech resistance operatives involved (among others) were Jozef Gabcik and Jan Kubis, who hid in the church of Sts Cyril and Methodius. The Germans discovered them and after a long battle they killed themselves.  
PRAGUE

    September 2022

 

 

 

 

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...and our hotel was the Royal Court, basic but adequate and within walking distance of I P Pavlova metro station
Outside the church with flowers under the opening where they flooded the crypt and from inside. Visiting the crypt is a must.
Steps down into the crypt the Germans used
Quite a busy city, with a nice castle and cathedral over the river - very reminiscent of Budapest
Jan Kubis
Jozef Gabcik sculpture in the crypt of the church which is FREE to visit !
OPERATION ANTHROPOID
Wenceslas Square - main shopping area and guess what -
The Dancing House on the river bank and a fascinating revolving head of Franz Kafka, the Czech Bohemian writer

C & A and Primark are immediate targets !

Astronomical clock on the side of the Town Hall - not as impressive as it's hyped up to be

 

 

 

We started our 3 day Prague trip (finally - no thanks to Easyjet) we stayed the first night at Premier Inn J9 for Luton Airport.

This is a pic from Google (I don't care anymore - plenty of people have nicked my pics !)

The area has changed a lot since, but the assassination happened roughly where the bus is, and a memorial is on the right of the picture.

The Commandant's offices are on the right as you enter the castle - it's now a YMCA
Decided to park in the carpark facing Lidl - it was Saturday so noone about. When you approach Colditz town, the castle is an incredible sight.
Go through to the next courtyard and the English and Polish quarters are on the right
The chapel door and underneath you can see the French tunnel  
 
A replica glider - The Colditz Cock ! is where they built one (never used) - if you're interested about this go to Colditz Glider

 

Colditz

                 December 2022

 

Stayed at the Farmhouse Inn, near Thaxted about 6 miles from Stansted. Hired a Fiat 500 again (Sixt) and after much pissing about on autobahns  (language and signage issues) we stayed at the Lagovida Hotel on the St√∂rmthaler See about 20 miles from Leipzig airport. Very nice hotel with a lovely view of the lake (massive) and our room is arrowed.
Always fascinated by Colditz since the TV series in the 70's so we went there !  Stansted to Leipzig, hire a car and stop for 2 nights at Lagovida on the St√∂rmthaler See - a great experience.