Cesky Krumlov

Trip Start Jul 16, 2011
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Trip End Jul 31, 2011


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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Unfortunately, we had to say farewell to Prague this morning, but it helped knowing we were heading to Cesky Krumlov! Steve B. continued doing a great job driving the van and getting us where we were going. The drive to Cesky Krumlov was through rolling hills and nice countryside. We put a couple of CDs in and enjoyed the music as we made our way south.

Upon arrival in Cesky Krumlov, we were able to drop our luggage off and grab some lunch before we met our guide and landlord, Jiri. Lunch was just across the cobbled street from our apartment. We had a nice outdoor table and the food was very good (as it has been throughout the trip so far). We continued to sample the local cuisine. Dad went for the Devil's Toast! Jiri met us after lunch to take us on a two-hour walking tour of the town. He did a great job of showing us the town and explaining some of its history. I think he's very glad to be free from Communist rule. He mentioned that he grew up only 20 kilometers from Austria but, before the Soviets pulled out, he feared he would never see it.

After our tour, we got settled into our apartments, which were very nice. One had a great view of the castle. We headed out to explore the town a bit more. I think everyone bought something along the way. I wanted to try the local Czech drink (Becherovka) and since the group was with me, I purchased a bottle for us to enjoy later. 

For dinner, we found a Rick Steves recommended restaurant that specialized in grilling steaks and fish over an open wood flame. This restaurant was great. The atmosphere was perfect. Half of the restaurant had no roof (open courtyard), and the other half was covered with a big wood fired grill on one side. The food was very good as well. Steve B. commented that his meal was perhaps the best meal he has had on any of the trips we have taken!

We then went back to our apartments to enjoy a shot (or two) of Becherovka. It is made from 13 herbs and has an alcohol content of 38%. The ladies thought it tasted like cloves. It actually went down smoothly. After a long day and a couple shots of that, I was falling asleep and was unable to complete this log last night.

Until tomorrow...
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Patty M on

How did that thing get there (the gargoyle, not Grandpa)! Just kidding. The sights look beautiful. You are not missing anything here in Philly- its 102 degrees today! Looking forward to hearing all your stories!

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