April in Moravia is not like April in Vancouver

Crocuses, one of the first spring flowers in B.C. Photo by Saha Mousavi

Crocuses, one of the first spring flowers in B.C.
Photo by Saha Mousavi

Submitted by a reader, Milos Smilnak, and Nancy Carson

One of our readers, Milos Smilnak,
lives in the eastern part of the Czech Republic.
Last year, his son Oliver wrote a story about Christmas
in their home for The Westcoast Reader blog.
Oliver also did an audio to accompany his story.
At one time, the family lived in Vancouver
and Oliver attended Lord Roberts Elementary.


Map of the Czech Republic showing Moravia in the east Public domain

Map of the Czech Republic showing Moravia in the east
Public domain

Spring in Vancouver
One of the most beautiful trees which blooms early in Vancouver is the magnolia.
The flowers do not last long so we rushed to get pictures of it.
We sent Milos pictures of spring in our city.

A magnolia tree on Haro Street in the West End of Vancouver Photo by Nancy Carson.

A magnolia tree on Haro Street in the West End of Vancouver
Photo by Nancy Carson.

Flowering trees
The Japanese plum and cherry trees are also some of the first to bloom.
Some flowers are pale pink. Others are a deep pink.

A plum tree in bloom on Bidwell Street in the West End of Vancouver. Photo by Nancy Carson.

A plum tree in bloom on Bidwell Street in the West End of Vancouver
Photo by Nancy Carson.

Spring comes early
Being so close to the water and having a mild climate means
that Vancouver has an early spring.
There have been many signs of spring in Vancouver for weeks.

Spring flowers against a building on Cardero Street in the West End of Vancouver. Photo by Nancy Carson.

Spring flowers against a building on Cardero Street in the West End of Vancouver
Photo by Nancy Carson.

Late spring this year in Moravia
Milos said that winter in their country “does not want to finish”.
He continued, “Snow is back….It is unbelievable
and some people are worried about agriculture.”
So the family decided to go cross-country skiing.
Milos sent us pictures of Easter Monday in Moravia.

It is Easter holiday in Moravia, but everything is still under snow.  We decided to go cross-country skiing to Bouzov Castle (15 km from our place). Photo courtesy of Milos Smilnak

It is Easter holiday in Moravia, but everything is still under snow. We decided to go cross-country skiing to Bouzov Castle (15 km from our place).
Photo courtesy of Milos Smilnak

Skiing to a castle
The family went skiing to Bouzov Castle, one of
the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic.

We did it! Milos and Viera in front of Bouzov Castle Photo courtesy of Milos Smilnak

We did it! Milos and Viera in front of Bouzov Castle
Photo courtesy of Milos Smilnak

They stopped to rest for a while in front of the castle.

We did it! Milos and Viera in front of Bouzov Castle Photo courtesy of Milos Smilnak

Our skis are parked in the Bouzov Castle courtyard.
Photo courtesy of Milos Smilnak

White flowers, not snow
Easter in Vancouver looks
very different from Easter in Moravia.

Early white spring flowers in Vancouver Photo by Saha Mousavi

Early white spring flowers in Vancouver
Photo by Saha Mousavi

2 thoughts on “April in Moravia is not like April in Vancouver

  1. Wow! Thank you people for the article. 🙂 Finally the spring is coming to the central Europe too!! Best regards to all of you in beautiful Vancouver full of flowers. Milos

    • Thank you for the ‘winter’ photos taken on Easter Monday in Moravia. We wanted to show the contrast between Vancouver and your area. We also have these contrasts in different parts of Canada.

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