Weir in this together: canoeing the Vltava in the Czech Republic

Paddling along this scenic river is a summer ritual in Bohemia. Our crew have an adventurous spirit, sunshine and beer. What could possibly go wrong?

‘Don’t hold the sides of the boat, make sure the barrels are firmly tied, and don’t get too drunk.”

This was the advice given by my Czech wife just before I set out for my Bohemian canoe trip – advice I remember only as I stand waist-deep in the water, tipsily grappling with an upturned canoe, and watching our belongings disappear down the river.

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