A Weekend in Snowy Cesky Krumlov

Trip Start Feb 13, 2005
Trip End Jul 12, 2005

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

I decided I needed to see a bit more of the Czech Republic than just Prague, so I let some of my Czech friends kidnap me and take me away to the lovely town of Cesky Krumlov. I was only there for 4 days but I absolutely fell in love. Take a look at the pictures.

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. I am embarrassed to admit that we could only come up with 47 of the 50 states. I know, I know, I should know this stuff...but 3rd grade was so long ago. I've since filled my head with more pertinent knowledge...like what night tram to take home, and how to order more than one beer at a time.

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. We visited the castle, the castle gardens, the little shops all around town, and of course the tiny pubs that can be found about every 10 meters or so (come on it's the metric system, I'm just trying to fit in here)

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!!


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.
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