Charming Cesky

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
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Trip End Apr 28, 2010


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, April 15, 2010

This place is gorgeous. Daddy, you get extra bonus points for suggesting such an awesome town!

We took a couple of bus rides from Prague to Cesky Krumlov. I was starting to feel better, although Ryan was feeling worse and worse with every passing second. I doped him up with decongestants, advil and some Pepto, but it wasn't working very well.

When we got to Cesky Krumlov, we found our hostel easily. The hostel that we're staying at is called the Krumlov House. Its owned by a couple (an American woman and a Canadian man) who met in Cesky 16 years ago and fell in love. You can read all about their story in this New York Times article.  We were excited to find that we had booked a cute private room with a view of the town. That's nice after being woken up by 10 different people during the night, either drunkenly staggering in at 3am or getting ready for checkout at 6am, and all the snoring/farting/sleep-talking in between. We had to nap in our comfy new bed before we set out to explore the city.

Post nap and feeling somewhat refreshed, we decided to take a walk around the town. It's a small town, so that didn't take a lot of time. We did walk past the castle, though, and were really excited to see the castle bears out for a romp on their little hill. We took a lot of pictures of our new bear friends.

After seeing the bears, we headed down to the local vegetarian restaurant. We both are getting pretty tired of the heavy eastern European food. We've started to daydream about fresh tomatoes, peppers, green beans, peaches, and pineapple. The restaurant was called Laibon and we could sit riverside outside where no one was smoking and the owner even provided us blankets. While it didn't have fresh tomatoes, it did have some delicious couscous with raisins and dried plums. Ryan had pasta with a cream sauce and spinach. We also drank pots of hot tea. We chatted for a while with the owner, who spoke perfect English and knew quite a bit about The States. He was a native Praguer who moved to Cesky Krumlov for the slower lifestyle and better access to a ton of outdoor activities. I guess Cesky is not that far from The Alps, where there's tons of awesome skiing. Also, there are a lot of hiking trails in and around Cesky Krumlov.

Ryan was not improving, so we headed back early to update the blog and get some rest.
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