Trip Start Jun 17, 2011
48Trip End Aug 02, 2011
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This part of the Czech Republic is rural. The towns are cute but no signs of wealth in this corner of the country that we can see. We easily find our destination, a city called Domazlice (the signs in Europe are so well done that it's hard to not find your way eventually if you know the name of the town you are headed for...)
A quick visit to the bank and we have some Czech Koruna's in our pocket. We head off to find lunch. There are few folks that speak much English but everyone assumes we are German and speaks to us in German (which we don't understand either!). We mime our way through some purchases of ice cream and some souvenirs before finding a restaurant for a Czech lunch. We are offered a menu in Czech or a menu in German...hmmm..maybe we can figure out some of the German?? The waiter speaks enough English to point us to the chicken and pork dishes and "pommes frites"..which is French for French Fries.. we order a multi-lingual lunch guessing at which dishes we might like. The kids order fries and apple juice. I end up with yummy chicken gyros dish and Jim winds up with grilled pork smothered with cheese on top of potatoes.
With satisfied tummies we head down the main road towards the leaning bell tower. The climb is steep on old wooden stairs. We watch our step and our heads until we are at the top. We can feel the lean in the tower as we walk. Our reward are sweeping views over the town and across the countryside. It's clear enough that we are sure that in one direction we can see Germany (although how it looks different from this view we don't know). This town and country is beautiful.
After our careful descent down to the ground level we head to some stores to spend the remaining Korunas in our pocket. Armed with snacks we head through the town back to our car. The drive home is through the peaceful countryside. At home it's time to relax and prepare to depart for Austria in the morning.