An enjoyable stop after Prague

Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 29, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Jihočeský Kraj,
Sunday, July 19, 2009

As previously reported, we were happy to leave Prague behind. Looking on the bright side, we are far more mobile with only one backpack and two small bags between us… Well, Chlo is now more mobile as John is dutifully carrying the big bag. Moreover, the whole experience has made us realise that we can leave almost everything behind when we do finally head off to India etc. at the end of August.

In typical style, we had a mad dash for the 0914 train to Cesky Krumlov. Chloe had a minor incident, colliding with another late comer, which left her and the contents of our last remaining bags sprawled across the platform… we did not enjoy Prague.

Cesky Krumlov is a sleepy little tourist town in the Southern Bohemian region of the Czech Rep. and was a perfect stop after Prague. Another UNESCO world heritage site, the town is built around the Vlatva river – which snakes through the town creating what seem to be little islands/havens. The architecture is reputedly a mix of medieval, renaissance and baroque… we’re not 100% sure what that means, but suffice to say, the buildings are old and the place is romantic and picturesque at every turn. We stayed two nights but could have easily stayed twice as long had our schedule allowed it.

We thoroughly enjoyed the two days we spent in Cesky Krumlov ambling through the old town and State Castle/Chateau (built in the 13th Century and the second largest castle complex in the Czech Rep).

We were extremely sad to move on after and just as sad not to have had the opportunity to visit the Eggenberg brewery - the brewery is over 450 years old, and in addition to brewing great beer, it was previously owned by the infamous "god father of Czech organised crime", Frantisek Mrazek. After numerous attempts on his life, he was finally shot dead in 2006 in mysterious circumstances (he is believed to have been shot with a sniper rifle from long range by a professional assassin. All very sinister, but great for selling beer). The brewery was also used in the shooting of Hostel. Ah well... we will be happy to return to Cesky Krumlov at some point in the future.

Not satisfied with only visiting one half of what is formerly known as Czechoslovakia, we headed on to Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Rep.
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