Horseback Riding Through Moravia without the Horse

Trip Start Jun 08, 2008
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Trip End Jul 09, 2008


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Thursday, June 26, 2008

While researching places to go and things to do while in the Czech Republic, I stumbled upon a page about Novosedly on Wikitravel.com.  This little village is about an hour or two from Brno and apparently "...you can take an amazing trip by horse back through the vineyards," or so says Wikitravel.  Johnny and I were quite bored in Brno and figured that this would be a pretty nice day trip, but of course where public transportation is involved disaster is bound to follow. 
 
I gave Johnny reins over this side adventure and put him in charge of planning, transportation, and logistics.  He had told me that he found the right bus numbers and times for us to take and I unfortunately believed him.  First we couldn't find the bus station due to his rather poor map drawing skills, and when we finally arrived at the station our bus to Mikulov had already left.
 
After spending some time running up and down the aisles of the bus station trying to find another bus, we found a helpful lady that pointed us the way to a bus to Mikulov.  We would need to take a bus to Mikulov, a small town, and then transfer at the Brnenska stop to get Novosedly.  Getting on the bus I tell the driver Mikulov Brnenska, he responded with some gruff mumbling ending in a no.  At this point all I wanted was to get to Mikulov, so I just got on and figured I'd find the Brnenska stop in Mikulov myself.
 
The drive to Mikulov was absolutely beautiful; there were fields of sunflowers that went on for miles, all you could see were the yellow flowers on the horizon.  We eventually wound up at some major bus stop in Mikulov and departed the bus after some yelling from the driver.  We walked around in circles until a Czech local pointed us down the crumbling road towards what I could only hope was Brnenska.  We would walk until we ran into some people who would point us in another direction.  We were able to explore the entirety of Mikulov just trying to find the damn bus stop, which was actually only a kilometer or two from our original drop off.
 
After finally finding Brnenska we sat and played cards while we waited for the next bus, which took quite awhile.  When I asked a woman at the bus stop when the Novosedly bus would come she looked at me with a confused face and started to laugh.  When our bus finally came and I told the driver I wanted to go to Novosedly, he responded exactly the same as the woman with a face of confusion and laughter.  I should have taken that as a hint of what Novosedly would be like. 
 
When we were dropped off in Novosedly it began to pour, just another addition to our day of mess ups.  We walked through the village which wasn't more than one gravel road with some houses, it actually reminded me of Stany but then again I assume that most provincial villages in Eastern Europe look the same.  After trudging through the rain and mud for quite a while we finally arrived at the winery/ranch but there was a visible lack of horses. 
 
I walked into the vinery's store dripping wet and attempted to ask the clerk where the horses were in sign language and broken Czech.  It must have been quite the sight to see me riding an imaginary horse around the store.  After the owner of the winery came to see me, he explained that they used to have horses... key words used to.  At that point I couldn't help but laugh about our ordeal to get to the ranch and there being no actual horses there, the owner thought it was pretty funny too and had a chuckle with me. 
 
He felt bad about the situation and offered to drive us back to the Mikulov bus station, which we happily accepted.  During the ride the winery owner taught us all about wine making, differences between different wines, and why his wine is the best wine available.  On the bus back to Brno I decided the day wasn't a complete waste, after all I did get to explore the Czech country side and even was taught the finer points of being in the winery business; though I did vow to never let Johnny be responsible for logistics again.  
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