It's not a town it's a fairy tale

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I believe that this tour of Southern Bohemia has been my favorite field trip we have taken.  The two main towns we visited on the trip, Kutna Hora and Český Krumlov are ancient towns with some spectacular buildings to see.  A friend and I have made it our mission to visit every UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Czech Republic but we are running out of time and I think we will be missing a couple when our time runs out here.  
    Kutna Hora is home to the Sedlec Ossuary or Bone Church as it is more commonly known.  The church is decorated with the bones of over 40,000 people!  It was quite the site, seeing skulls and bones arranged in all sorts of decorations.  The bones had been dug up from a cemetery in the center of town many centuries ago, because of the fear the Black Death would spread if they didn't get the bodies removed from the town.  We spent the night in Kutna Hora and later that day as we did our usual wandering, we found the other site we would be visiting the next day, St. Barbara's Gothic Cathedral.  It was impressive and the walkway leading to the church was lined with statues and was equally beautiful.  Later that night after the stores had closed, we found a wine store that had various Mucha paintings as their wine labels.  We hoped that we would be able to go back after our tour of the church in the morning because I really wanted to get a couple. 
    After our church tour and stop at the Mucha wine store (yeah!), we headed for our next destination, Český Krumlov.  We made a slight detour to visit the Budvar brewrey in České Budějovice.  Unfortunately, it down poured on us as we toured the outside area and we were soaked and extremely uncomfortable for the rest of the tour.  We arrived at Český Krumlov and had to walk up a very high hill and and through the town to reach our hostel. As we got our first glimpse of the town, we saw what our tour guide at the brewery had said about the town.  I quote, "Aah, Český Krumlov, it's not a town, it's a fairy tale"  After our two days there we were all in agreement.  The city is quite simply, breathtaking.  The castle sits high on a hill overlooking the town below, with a river winding through it.  The cobble stone streets have no traffic and is considered the Venice of the Czech Republic.  I would like to go back and explore the city more if I ever get the chance. Our last night there we all went to dinner together at a local pinovar.  We realized it would be the last time we would all be together and the meal was bittersweet.  We ended the night at a local bar, where the bartenders were mixologists.  One of there specialty drinks, a chardonnay martini became my favorite drink ever and I have to say, I had a few too many that night.  I have tired to make my own since I have been home, but they are just not the same.  
    On the way back to Olomouc, we stopped in Trebon, where they have many lakes and farm the traditional carp that many Czechs eat.  It was a pretty town and another UNESCO site checked off.  It was a great trip but it was good to get back to Olomouc. 
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