Prague & Cesky Krumlov

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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Trip End Jul 04, 2008


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, June 15, 2008

In the evening of the 15th, I arrived in Ladvi, Prague. It was quite difficult to find my hostel there, because the directions on the Web was too simple. Hostel SPUS was also a simple hostel without a lounge, but I liked it there with the friendly staff. I stayed with a Bulgarian family and two American girls in a mixed dormitory. A Bulgarian girl was cheerful and friendly and I wondered if all the Bulgarian girls were like that. Ladvi was not far from the city center and not inconvenient at all. I bought a cheap SD card in the camera shop and buns for breakfast at the bakery under the ground, and I had a good dinner in the Chinese restaurant in the evening.

As for me, Prague had been one of the most interesting cities in Europe, but I might have expected too much. Compared to Paris, I didn't need to take much time to finish sightseeing on the next day. However, the atomosphere of the city was good. The Charles Bridge and Old Town Square were the best attractions for me. To tell you the truth, I took a free morning tour with a guide originally from UK until I was left in the crowd in front of Astronomical Clock showing the performance of dolls on the hour. I was supposed to give him some tips, but I couldn't, although I was thankful to him. I had nothing to do in the afternoon, but because I was not intrigued by other attractions, I headed for my hostel.

In the first plan, I decided to spend two days in Prague, but I changed my mind. I was curious about another attractive city, Cesky Krumlov. The city was on the world heritage site of UNESCO and highly rated in Rich Steven's Best of Eastern Europe guide. Actually, I had two travel guides:one was LP guide and the other was Rich's. In comparison, LP guide was comprehensive, and it was useful in searching for general information. On the other hand, Rich was honest and he wrote about only major attracions where tourists would usually visit. Anyway, I took a bus to Cesky Krumlov on the second day in Prague.

I thought I bought a bus ticket to Cesky Krumlov, but it wasn't. The bus terminal was in Cesky Budejovice. I was worried about the bus connection to Krumlov, but I was able to find the bus without any problems. The Budejovice terminal was shopping mall. I bought ice cream and waited for the bus for 20mins.

Frankly speaking, Krumlov is the most beautiful city I have ever visited in Europe and it looked like a real fairy-tale city. I can recommend the city to any romantic young girls. There were also a lot of Japanese and Korean tourists. I have them taken some pictures of me. The TI office was very helpful as my guidebook said, although they didn't accept credit cards. The mini supermarket which dealed in cheap food was also helpful. There was nothing to complain of, but in addition to a long walk in the city, I was a little bit tired from long bus ride. Cesky Krumlov was small enough to see everything in one day. I was so tired of European medival castles at that time that I didn't entered Krumlov one, but the cellar of the castle was a art gallery and looked interesting. Unfortunately it was boring and waste of money. The Castle Garden looked very simple, especially after I saw a gorgeous garden in Versailles. I thought it was the right size to stroll around and to take a rest after sightseeing, though. My guide recommended canoeing or rafting, but I didn't have time.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic, Bohemia's Time-Warp Town
http://www.youtube.com/user/RickSteves#p/c/5F01C886ABB21D28/9/t8-Vo5Qa6rc
The video introduces the rafting experience and castle tour I missed out on. I just strolled around the town, but it was fully enjoyable. 
 
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