May 30, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
. Czech Paradise, also called Bohemian Paradise, is a series of sandstone rock towers formed 70 to 100 million years ago. Sediments deposited way back formed a plateau and was broken up by tectonic movement. Erosion gradually molded the plateaus to the sweet rock towers that we saw.
The particular place we went to was the Prachovske rocks, and it was one of the coolest hikes I have been on. We walked through winding trails that were sometimes only a couple feet wide with tiny paths through the sandstone towers. We went up and over some rock towers, and some we would go right through (Jess was not at all happy about that). There were also some amazing lookout points where we could see large formations and the valley below. This was definitely a highlight of Czech Republic for us, and we are very glad we did it. Later, back at Zuzanna's house, the three of us had a wonderful home cooked meal. Zuzanna had made us what I like to call Czech style chilli (because I forget the Czech name for it), and Jess made some pita chips to go with it. We enjoyed Zuzanna's company for the rest of the evening and packed our bags to head back to Deutschland the next day.
One reason why Jess and I love living in Calgary is that we are so close to some sweet hiking trails. So when Martina told us about the hiking trails around Czech Paradise, we were instantly intrigued. It came up because we asked Martina if she knew of any cool stops we could make on our way to Berlin. Martina also told us she has a friend named Zuzanna that is from Jicin, which is a fifteen minute bus ride from a sweet hike in Czech Paradise. Before we knew it Martina had made arrangments for us to stay with Zuzanna, and for her to meet us at the metro station...amazing!! Zuzanna is working and studying in Prague but she decided to go home to Jicin for the long weekend, and to get some of her thesis paper written (this past Thursday and Friday were Czech holidays). So Zuzanna met us at the Metro station in Prague and rode the bus with us to Jicin. She was delighted to have some company for the evening, before she really had to get down to studying, and we were delighted too. After Zuzanna gave us a quick tour of her hometown, she directed us to the right bus to take us to our hike