Small town, Many tourists

Trip Start Aug 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 29, 2006

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sorry - pictures coming soon!

We left Prague on a bus to arrive at a small tourist village in the
Czech Republic called Cesky Krumlov. In the old town, usually the rest
of the towns are occupied by old Soviet style apartment complex of
little (being generous) or no architectural significance, there is a
river that winds through the center in a large half circle. A long
cobblestone street passes through most of the town that starts at the
town square then meanders about 300 meters to a wooden bridge (sounds
like thunder when cars pass over it) and then the cobblestone wind
uphill to pass by a large castle built into the cliff face and then
goes another quarter mile to the journeys end at our hotel. Well
actually this does not end the journey because our room was at the
very top of the hotel (fifth floor) How do I know this? Because when
we got of the bus I vetoed Christy's decision to get a taxi and we
lugged all of our luggage and our Monkey across this very route. Not
only did we save money (5 dollars) but we got a wonderful introduction
to the layout of the town.

It is a fairly small town and was teeming with tourists busily taking
pictures of everything. We posted some of ours to show to you. The
castle I give 4 tourist stars. I give one whole star for bears. The
stone bridge leading up to the castle split the moat into two parts.
One part had two frisky bears patrolling it and the other side had one
shy sleepy bear that we mostly only saw his ears poking up. Collette
loved it, "I want to see the bears. Those are big bears right? Bears
swim in the water....etc" The outside of the castle was colorfully
painted to look like stones, architectural features, windows and so
on.1 The specific style is called Trompe d'eoil (? French, means
"trick of the eye"). The tour was equally impressive and I especially
like a golden carriage that they had only used once and then
disassembled and reassembled in one of the castle's rooms. The
stagehands had to wear specially gold outfits that reminded me of a
Prince album. On a second tour we saw one of only three standing
baroque theaters.2 The plays sounded completely bizarre and lasted up
to six hours. Often the nobles would lounge around and talk and eat
during the performance. The actors would stand in one place and use
their hand and body positioning to signify action. If the king
disapproved of the performance then he would shut the curtains and the
actors would not get payed.3

The rest of our time we spent walking around but we didn't have much
time because we only spent one night here. However we did manage to
have a nice dinner down by the bridge next to the water. Collette was
a little crazy and she spent most of her time chasing the unfortunate
ducks. She did have enough time left over to let her toy car roll into
the river. After word she kept asking, "Where's my car?" Me, Remember
you lost it into the river" Collette, "yeah".

Back on the bus to Prague. Put our luggage into storage, wait two
hours and get onto another overnight train for crak ho.

1 Look closely at the picture.
2 The three are in Czech, France and Sweden.
3. If I messed up any of these details it is because I could not hear
the guide well and I apologize to any theater dorks.
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