Cesky Krumlov

Trip Start Jul 28, 2007
Trip End Sep 02, 2007

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Monday, August 6, 2007

Another sunny day!  We left Salzburg early in the morning and headed for Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.  The border crossing was somewhat interesting... the Austrian guard scrutinized our passports as we left the country, but the Czech guard took one look at the covers of our Canadian passports and waved us through!  I guess they invite tourists with money to spend.  As soon as we crossed the border, it was evident that we were in another country.  Czech was not as clean as Austria and Germany, and the roads were reminiscent of some of the frost-heaved roads at home.  Still, the country side was beautiful and the weather was balmy.

Arriving at Cesky Krumlov, we struggled for an hour to find parking and the location of our hotel (the GPS doesn't cover small towns in Eastern Europe).  But once we checked in, we headed out to explore.  Attila wasn't keen on rafting down the river (party pooper) so we meandered through town in the blistering heat instead.  We explored the castle, though it seemed to be a little made-up compared to the other castles we've visited.  The furniture didn't quite fit in and the walls were painted over in a too-bright-and-clean replica of the originals.  Still, it was interesting and provided great views of the town.

Late in the evening, Attila found a cute little cafe for our evening snack (too hot for dinner). It was right on the river, with waiters dressed as pirates and a live pianist doing too-fast versions of show tunes and old American songs.  It was great fun and the ice cream was yummy.
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