Cesky Krumlov (World)

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

"An Exquisite Medieval Jewel, No Longer Unknown"

DH and I had a great time visiting Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. We were staying in Prague (without a car), so we took a tour out to this Bohemian town. It took three or so hours to get there through the Eastern European countryside.

The town of Cesky Krumlov is beautiful. The Oldest part of the town is in the middle of a large curve of the Vltava River. In fact, the river almost snakes back into itself.

The plaza is in the center and top, and so we were told to always walk "up" the path and it will always lead you to the plaza. This was a hot tip, since we had to meet back at the plaza before we went into the castle. We only had about 30 minutes to explore this medieval town of cobblestone streets, little hotels, shops and restaurants. I definitely could have spent an entire day or more explore the nooks and crannies of the whole area.

We ate lunch at one of the local taverns. We had a traditional lunch which consisted of chicken and rice all covered with a brown sauce. It was pretty good. DH and I also ordered the local beer (brewed in Cesky), Eggenberg. I am not a big beer drinker, but I have to say that the beers in Czech are amazingly good. I ordered beer pretty much everywhere we went, and I loved trying some of the different varieties.

We then got to tour Cesky Krumlov Castle, which according to the book is the second largest in the Czech Republic with 300 rooms. Now I know we did not see even a fraction of those rooms. The ones we did see were pretty cool. The chapel was pretty. At the end we got to see a ballroom that has people painted all over the walls and is really whimsical. Our castle tour guide, poor girl, I don't know if she was nervous or what, but she spoke with this halting rhythm that was somewhat distracting from the beauty of the castle.

Even though it was drizzling a little, we walked around the gardens and fountains outside. It was quite beautiful, but still a bit stark from winter. I can only imagine what it must look like once the flowers start to bloom and everything is green and lush.
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