Yesterday was another 500-mile plus day on our trip around Europe in the new Nissan Qashqai as we continued the push for home. It was also the day when we began to see the finishing straight in the far distance.
Team Autocar woke up in Krakow, Poland, which proved to be one of the most intriguing and exciting cities we've visited on this journey around the continent.
Snapper Stan has some local knowledge, so knew good places visit. His choice of breakfast, a bacon, egg and cheese bagel at a back street cafe named 'Bagelmama', was so delicious that we had to order a second round.
You'll have to excuse our excitement about something so trivial: on our travels we've run the gamut of hotel breakfasts, most of them over-priced and underwhelming. We've also subsisted on motorway snacks, to the point where we've got so bored of insipid sandwiches that we've pretty much abandoned lunch altogether.
Anyway, back to the plot (what there is of it). We wanted to visit the Czech Republic on our way back, and I was curious to drive around some of the old Masaryk Circuit, which I'd heard many stories about.
Back in the 1930s, an 18-mile race circuit was laid out around public roads to the south west of the city of Brno. The course was a huge challenge for drivers and teams, for it included 81 corners, some ludicrously fast sections, hills, hairpins, village streets, kerbstones and cobbles.