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Dec. 8, 2012
This year’s slide show tells the story well. From moments that changed our lives, to a glimpse at what and where we hope to return. The slides are not labeled, as those moments are better left as unique (the right place at the right time). This is something of the playful mischief that we take for granted here. There is a certain magic that can be found in so many beautiful places, and we might even find a time of the season in Prague when you could feel like this beautiful city was yours alone.
The www.pathways.cz pages will be updated in Jan. to reflect some of new offers, as well as a new calendar, where we will post events and trips that have open enrolment. While this is not possible with family history trips, we have seen a marked increase in the number of visitors who don’t mind sharing the ride. Many new day trips will be offered for different interests (beer, wine, hiking, cycling, hockey, castles, cottages, gardens, foraging mushrooms, pilgrimage shrines, storytelling and music). This is who we are, and we would be happy to make new friends, and take you with us, as we explore Middle Europe.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Let's Get Babicka a Skateboard for Vanoce
As we enter the final stretch of 2011, the Autumn is upon us like the morning fog. The year was good to us, and left us just enough time to take care. Our children continue to grow and never cease to surprise us by how well they accept our hectic Summer schedule.
The season started earlier than usual in March, which typically is rather slow here. This was followed by a family trip to Germany, for our first flight in a Zeppelin NT. We hope that such Airship Cruises will become more common, and become yet another way to visit the old country. This alone could have been the highlight of the year, but it proved only to be a great start. With each day, the Spring brought a host of new requests, that filled our Summer calendar.
As we look back, there were more trips in 2011 than we have enjoyed for many years. Most of these to extraordinary places, accompanied by new and old friends. It is as though we took off in a dirigible, and we have not yet come down. Return to earth we must, however, to resume the work at hand. To improve ourselves further, what must be done?
As we asked our 4 year old, what to get grandma for Christmas, he quickly replied, a skateboard. And so, here are the results of many wakeful dreams (Tom's contribution), and concrete business planning (Marie's influence)
Best Wishes for Blessed Thanksgiving
THE NEWS FROM PRAGUE
As with the weather everywhere this year, Prague is in the grips of an unusually cold and snowy Winter. I think we already had enough by the end of Dec., spending our evenings curled up with books, and keeping out of harm's way. By Feb., though, the ants in our 3 year old's pants have made this impossible, and so regardless of the weather, we venture out, to stretch our limbs and fill our lungs with fresh air. This time around, Spring cannot arrive soon enough.
And so, with Spring in mind, we are busy taking new requests for research and travel, and combing through the records, making the most of the season to find places of particular interest to our visitors. We are further expanding our list of travel offers and redefining products for our family history clients.
In April we are taking our first group to Friedrichshafen, Germany to attend AERO 2011, General Aviation Fair, to fly in the Zeppelin NT and tour the shipyard with Mr. Wolfgang von Zeppelin himself. We are excited at the prospect that similar flights will someday be available in Prague.
The new emphasis for research will be to introduce a comprehensive strategy to help our family history clients plan for a finished product from earlier in the process. Up until now, we would typically arrive at the point where an Heirloom Family History was called for only after we had thoroughly exhausted all other avenues for research. In review of this policy we discovered that it would be better to begin planning the finished product from the outset, to avoid redundancy and help economize on the overall time and cost to accomplish something of great value to all involved.
Finally, as many clients over the years have expressed their wish to pay by credit card, we recently made these arrangement with our bank. We can now accept Payment by VISA and Master Card, through Komercni Bank here in the Czech Republic.
In addition to the merchant services, there is one last news item that we must report here. As the US Dollar has steadily declined since the first of the year , we have had to increase our rates accordingly.
Effective Feb. 1, 2011, there was roughly a 6-8% increase to our rates, across the board. Simultaneously, we sought ways to minimize the effects of this for those who have been long term clients, or who plan to combine research and travel services together.
For example, offering Local Contacts free of charge when clients combine a Complex Research with a Family History Day Trip. We will be adding this, as well as other "Special Offers", to our web pages in the weeks and months ahead in an effort to bundle different services and products for discounted rates.
We hope that overall this news will be well received, and that it will find you safe and warm. In times of calamity there are often some benefits. In the case of this long, cold Winter, we hope you have more time with those you love, and together you may find new clues to help you further along with your Family History.
You may rest assured that we remain dedicated to the needs and wishes of our clients here in the Czech Republic.