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Oasi di Kufra, Sabaudia, Italy
And of course the other main reason to travel is simple tourism. Travel without an agenda other than to find out about a country for yourself and enjoy yourself. But crucially to contribute to the local economy at the same time.

What better way to do this than with people who know the places, have the contacts on the ground and can organise it all for you!

The Giant's Causeway, County Antrim Northern Ireland

In recent years we have organised numerous general touristic groups with as few as two people involved. If you’d like us to organise your holiday have a look at our list of places we go to - and if you have somewhere else in mind – maybe we can help you there too and at the same time forge a new link!



Along the South Coast with Zdena (and a bunch of Czechs from Kladno)

In August we had a visit from Zdena Biggsova and group of teachers from the Czech town of Kladno, some retired, some still teaching. This time Zdena decided she wanted to have a look at the South of England so we went from West Lulworth in the West to East Eastbourne in the East. And of course to London.

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Kordova of the West

A regular feature to our shores is Eva Kordova from Ceske Budejovice in the Czech Republic. This summer Eva brought a group of Czechs on a mini tour of the South West.

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10 Days in the Caledonian Sun

The heatwave that had swept England had come to an end and the birth of the Royal baby had coincided with a lightning strike on Manchester railway station. What better time to get away from it all to the sunny climes of tropical Scotland where summer had just begun and the people were happy chatting about the options for next years independence referendum. Seeking refuge in a minibus full of Czechs and not being Nigel Farage, I assumed I'd be safe.

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A Little Bit of Sun Makes All the Difference....

Czechs don't expect Britain to be even a little bit sunny, never mind persistently near tropical for an entire fortnight. So it's fair to say that for the visit by Eva Kordova and her Ceske Budejovice tourists the fact that July was busting out all over was a bit of a surprise to say the least.

To say the most, it was a bloody scorcher.

Every minute of every day was glorious sunshine. Even the nights. And so England, we can safely say, actually looks nothing short of resplendent in it's summer shirt, pants, open toed sandals and sunblock.

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KLADNO TEACHERS 'ROUND WESSEX BY MINIBUS' ADVENTURE

This has not been the best summer here in the UK. However, for climate change enthusiasts it's been perfect, clearly demonstrating that even world famous weatherman Michael Fish would be absolutely no use at all in knowing which way the wind was likely to blow in the next five hours. So, for a group of intrepid teachers, students, concrete inspectors, radiologists and lawyers including at least two children, from the Bohemian town of Kladno, what better time to take a trip in a minibus around the South West of England!

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JOLLY BOATING WEATHER

It's the fourth time we've taken people on a jolly canal trip. Same canal, mainly different people. For Katka and Zdenek from Prague this was their first time.

There was a bit of a worry with the English weather. Mainly whether it would stop raining. And after the first day it did. Only to start again on the last day. Thus making an entire year to date of every trip to Bath being in the bloody rain.

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CESKE BUDEJOVICE SCHOOLS 20TH ANNIVERSARY VISIT TO BRIDGWATER

Bridgwater Czech Slovak Friendship Society was formed in 1991 and in June 1992 the formal twinning with Uherske Hradiste took place. 1992 also saw the foundation of Antonin Machala's 'Altech' company which has been the backbone of our links with UH now for 20 years. However, it was a close run thing that we didn't twin with the South Bohemian town of Ceske Budejovice - home of Budweiser beer and (slightly) nearer to Prague. On the occasion of the annual visit by Eva Kordova and her 'Buddies' we recall those early days.

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ROUND SCOTLAND BY MINIBUS

Scotland's a lovely country. But mainly when it isn't raining. As an intrepid group of Moravians from the Uherske Hradiste region found out when they boarded our minibus at a sunny Stansted Airport last week for the long trek Northwards which seemed to have grey clouds attached to it like barrage of party balloons from which there was no escape.

But that's Britain...more often than not...and they weren't going to let it ruin their holiday....and in response the sun eventually did come out anyway.

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CONNECTICUT YANKEES ON THE SHAMROCK TRAIL

Sometimes we don't need to fill a minibus full of budget travellers and drive, guide and cater for them on a shoestring. Sometimes we can just take a couple of people in the back of a car and chauffeur them around the exotic highways and byways of the British Isles, with accommodation to suit and at the same time show them some places that they wouldn't normally find on a package tour.

On this occaision our guests were two Americans from the New England state of Connecticut and the glamorous destination was Ireland in June.

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LA CIOTAT-BRIDGWATER'S FIRST TWINNING RE-VISITED

In 1957 Bridgwater set up its first ever twinning. In the style of the day this was with a French town in order to strengthen the 'Entente Cordiale'. Whilst most Somerset towns picked up twin towns in neighbouring Normandy (just across the Channel), Bridgwater ended up with a veritable Mediterranean paradise in Provence, slightly along the coast from St.Tropez, Cannes and Nice. So what became of the little town of La Ciotat in the years since the Lumiere brothers first shot the motion picture classic 'Train arriving in a station' there in 1895 and what imperative spurred them on to make that even more famous link with Bridgwater in 1957??

Well, we didn't know at all, so we decided to take a couple of football teams down there and see what the place was like anyway.

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ROUND IRELAND WITH THE BOBOVSKY'S

A special treat this summer for a group of Prague travellers as Bridgwater International organised a 'Round Ireland' trip for them. By minibus. A bit like a safari. Without the lions.

Crossing from Fishguard to Rosslare the group first visited the seaside resort of Tramore near Waterford and then carried on in a clockwise fashion visiting Cork, Killarney, crossing the Mouth of the Shannon and taking in the Cliffs of Moher.

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KLADNO TEACHERS IN LONDON

A group of 28 teachers from the Kladno area of the Czech Republic spent Easter in London with us, succesfully managed to avoid the Royal Wedding and also took in a tour of Cambridge.

Flying to Stanstead, the group, led by Zdena Biggsova, a long term supporter of the Bridgwater Czech link, spent their first night in Cambridge. The following day clever student Simon Hann gave them a clever tour around the citadel of cleverness including a bunch of clever punts on the river.

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KLADNO TEACHERS TOUR IRELAND

Zdena Biggsova and a group of thirty teachers from the Kladno area have just completed a week long tour around Ireland and taken in a bit of England and Wales on the way.

Flying to Robin Hood airport, Doncaster, the group travelled in two minibusses across the Penines to North Wales. Stopping at Conway they enjoyed fish and chips and a walk around the town walls before continuing into the Snowdonia National Park where they stayed at the Pen y Pas hostel. Early the next morning they headed off across Anglesey to take the Holyhead ferry to Dublin.

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MORAVIANS TROPICAL TOUR OF WESSEX

Uherske Hradiste teacher Draha Cizkova had told her students to prepare for rain, wind and cold weather for the Korycany schools first visit to Bridgwater - unfortunately their trip coincided with the hottest May in the UK in decades.

The Moravians flew into Bristol and spent two nights in Somerset - at Cheddar and Minehead youth hostels, visiting Glastonbury, Wells and Dunster on their tour, however the highlight was Bridgwater where they met the deputy Mayor Pat Parker and the College where Kevin Smokcums catering students treated them to a home made full English breakfast.

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