“Travels to a Different Time” : 10June1975: Brno, Czechoslovakia:

As I was in bed at 20:00 up at 07:00 woken up by workmen banging in the hall. I dressed and washed my face and headed down to the breakfast room for ham, cheese, fresh rolls and mineral water. It was a delicious breakfast. As it looked like rain today I booked another day at my hotel, Hotel Slovan. Whatever the weather I will depart tomorrow, by train if it is raining by hitching if it is not raining. The suburban part of Brno is full of crumbling apartment buildings but there are plenty of parks and greenery. I also went up to Špilberk Castle which had been used as a prison for many years and the Nazis were in the process of converting it into an extermination camp before the Russians “liberated” Brno. Walked back into town looking for that elusive delicious Czech beer. I went to a tavern and it was just the right size and nicely decorated.  Pilsner and dark beer, both rather flat, were 60 cents each. Went to a buffet place and had a huge plate of rice with some unidentifiable meat, a roll, two pastries and a bottle of mineral water for 60 cents. I took the tram home to my luxury suite at the Hotel Slovan.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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