The crooked Czech
Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
43Trip End Jul 20, 2010
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Our arrival in Cesky was pretty interesting. The four of us had planned to take the train from Prague to Cesky where we would meet up with everyone else who was coming from Vienna, but when we were checking into our hostel in Prague they recommended we take the bus instead, as it would be cheaper and faster. Well, it was definitely cheaper (only about 8 euro vs
Once we got to Cesky we had to find a taxi driver to drive us to the hotel where everyone had already checked in, which was a little more of an effort than we expected. After settling into the room the group headed over to the main square where we met up with Stanislaw, our tour guide. Stan came to Cesky about 25 years ago so he has seen the town transform from a rundown communist back-water manufacturing town to the “jewel” of the Czech Republic. Stan took us on a tour around the town, up to the 15th century church of St Vitus, which was very beautiful, and then down along the river, through the “puddle square,” so named because whenever they get a really heavy rainstorm the square floods, and then we hiked up to the imposing castle, which was built to incorporate the massive rock it sits on
After our tour on Saturday I explored the square and the little Christmas market, enjoying a cup of hot punch (passing on the significantly stronger Grog), and doing some window shopping. Saturday night we had a reservation at a restaurant that does a traditionally medieval meal. We had hot mead, soup, a platter of meat and potatoes, and then apple strudel and cinnamon rolls for dessert
After dinner the organizers took us over to the bar at the Travelers Hostel, which, like everything else in Cesky, has kept its historic vibe. The bar/common room had the perfect atmosphere: wide planked hardwood floors, scuffed and well-worn wooden tables and benches, carved wood detail, more dogs lounging on the floor, absolutely perfect atmosphere, the only thing missing was a roaring fireplace with some spitted game roasting. We spent the next several hours here just talking. Most of us stuck with Czech wine or beer, but Kit went for the real reason to go to the Czech Republic – Absinth. I can now say I’ve tried the real stuff, took a tiny sip of his, but couldn’t get past the taste or smell of licorice, not that I would really want to anyway. Thanks anyway, I’ll stick with my glass Bohemian red wine!
Most of us slept in on Sunday, since we didn’t have anywhere to be or really anything to do. But I did get up and get going in time to go out for lunch at, of all places, a Chinese restaurant that overlooked the square. After lunch it was shopping time! Spent more money than I intended but got some great souvenirs before heading back to the hotel to pack up and head home.
As with Prague I could easily have spent more time here. The town is GORGEOUS and so much fun. In the summer they have a medieval festival that I think would be great to go to sometime.