A Weekend in Snowy Cesky Krumlov
Trip Start Feb 13, 2005
25Trip End Jul 12, 2005
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We left Thursday, and boarded a very questionable blue bus. The driver was kind enough to put out his cigarette before pulling away from the station. He did, however, do a lovely job of decorating his vehicle. Hanging from every possible crevice and corner were every sort and I'm sure scent of air fresheners. There were, of course, the typical pine tree scent. But also, the occasional oval with "CZ" printed inside.
My traveling buddies and I spent our time trying to name all 50 states
So, we arrived and were welcomed by a setting sun, cold wind, and two Americans. We ran into them on the bus, on the way to Cesky Krumlov, and we all walked into the town together. We decided to meet for dinner that night at some nice place that cooks your meal over an open fire in the middle of the restaurant...classy place. After a quick check in, and even quicker clean up, and change of clothes, we were all off to meet our new friends.
The restaurant was a good choice: cheap beer and nice medovnik (honey cake) and apple strudel. I highly recommend the medovnik to anyone traveling in the Czech Republic. We all were so exhausted from the trip so we were eager to get back to the room and into bed.
The next few days were spent exploring. Luckily there was a very nice breakfast for us every morning that served two functions: as a nice start to the morning that saved us the cost of food in town, and a great way to insure we got out of bed before 9:30 every morning
I would highly recommend to anyone, a trip to Cesky Krumlov. The bus ride is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours bus ride and the ticket costs about $8 each way. It's a great place to experience something out of the ordinary, and to feel like you are walking through a dream. The summer is the busiest time, so if you have the choice, going during the off-season. It's then, without all the other tourists, you can really get a feel for who the Czech people are. Their loud bar keeps and even louder guests: the little old women walking slowly up the steps to the castle with their shopping bags: and the school kids stopping at the little corner shop before school for a treat. These are the things you would miss during tourist season.
Enjoy the photos!!
TIP OF THE TRAVELOGUE
Tourist Season good for the natives but bad for you as a tourist. Just because it's off season doesn't mean the place closes down. Sometimes that's the best time to meet interesting people and really get a feel for the culture and the place.