Weekend of horseback riding and castles

Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

This was our weekend excursion of horse back riding and sightseeing castles.  I was really excited when Joe told me we had an opportunity, through his work, to go horse-back riding.  I thought it would be cool to see the countryside on horseback.  Well, this wasn't exactly what we did.  We drove out about 45 minutes outside of Prague to a private ranch.  One of DHL's clients from Microsoft owns it, I think.  It was pretty cool, they had food and drinks for everyone while they mingled.  We didn't mingle much, since everyone spoke Czech.  Anyway, it was time for horse riding, so Joe and I volunteered.  Turns out, it was a horseback riding lesson.  And all of the instructions were in Czech.  Anyway, all we ended up doing was riding around in circles in an arena for 45 minutes.  Not exactly what I had in mind, but hey it was an experience. 

Driving back to Prague, we decided to stop at a castle.  Konopiste Castle was on the way home, so we stopped.  This castle was the home of Franz Ferdinand.  His assassination triggered the start of World War I.  At first appearance, this castle seemed pretty cool, but I didn't really have anything to compare it to since I was visiting my first castle outside of Prague.  After comparing it to Karlstein (the castle we went to the next day), it seems pretty modern.  We basically just walked around and took pictures.  There is a nice lake at the bottom of the hill by the castle that people were swimming.  (Yes, in their speedos).  Joe and I didn't get in.

The next day, we went to Karlstein Castle, which is about 25 miles outside of Prague.  This castle was really cool.  Much older than Konopiste.  We took a tour through the castle, however, no pictures were allowed.  The tour was cool, but I don't remember much about the history of the castle.  I do remember that it was attacked twice.  One time their opponents attacked with excrement (I didn't really understand the tour guide because of her accent, but Joe later informed me it was crap) in attempts to poison the water.  Evidently it didn't work.  But, I thought that was funny. 
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