Cesky Krumlov Castle

Trip Start Mar 27, 2007
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Trip End Apr 04, 2007


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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

We took a tour out to Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), which is an old Renaissance castle in South Bohemia. It was about 3 1/2 hours by bus. The poor tour guide had to give the history in three different languages. We asked him about this later, and this is not normal. The countryside was pretty, a lot of open green space.

We got to the town and walked up to the medieval plaza and surrounds which is nearly enclosed by the river. It is the Vltava River, same as the river that flows through Prague. The town was amazing with cobblestone streets, and little shops and restaurants. We got to walk around on our own for about 30 minutes while our guide went to get our tickets for the castle. Not nearly enough time to see this quaint little town.

Before entering the castle, we had lunch at one of the local taverns--traditional chicken and rice covered in sauce. DH and I drank the local Eggenberg pilsner beer. We all ate in one room. DH and I shared a table with the tour guide and two Japanese ladies (a mother and grown daughter). We very much enjoyed talking to our tablemates. The tourguide is Dutch, and he taught himself how to speak several different languages, which I thought was fascinating. Oh, how I want to be fluent in French...such a long way to go though for me. The Japanese ladies were also fun to talk to, since we had a trip forthcoming to Japan. It's one of the things I enjoy most on trips...talking to people from all over the world!

So after lunch we had a guided tour through what I am sure is just a fraction of the huge castle. It rained a little as we walked to the garden after the inside tour. Then it was time to get back on the bus to go back to Prague. We got back at about 6:30 pm. We walked around a little and then headed back to the hotel to chill a little after our nightly Nespresso break, of course.

I was looking at some of the tour brochures we picked up and saw one about a ghost walk. It was starting in 15 minutes, so we grabbed our shoes and booked it to the Old Town Square. The tour started next to the Astronomical Clock. The tour was fun, full of ghost stories built around the local churches and other ancient buildings and through the dark alleyways.

From there we walked around and stopped at a little place called Bar and Books that was really cool. Had Pilsner Urquell and finger sandwiches. It was very new and chic. Red leather upholstered chairs, a whole wall of books and lit candles. A bar and little bistro tables. At that point we were ready to head back to the hotel for some zzzzz's before we headed home the next day. Although we were looking forward to getting home to see our kids, we were sad to leave this very cool city. We will definitely come back.
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ronemens
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just finished b/p.........great stories.........beautiful pics. Will continue later.
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