A Hike Up Pravcicka Brana
Trip Start Jun 22, 2011
10Trip End Jul 01, 2011
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The queue wasnt so long and we bought a one way ticket for only about US6 per person. The IC train was as expected comfortable but quite a number of the seats were reserved . However, since no one was taking the seats yet and our journey was only for about an hour and a half , we sat in a cabin with two other Germans on their way to Berlin.
We were there just 10 minutes before 10 am but a wrong turn had us opposite the road and we were at the wrong bus stop and could only watch our bus leave for Hrsenko
Mezni Louka was actually the other end of the circuit and we found out later that it meant that we had to double back at the end of the track if we wanted to go for the boat ride at the gorges.
A quick breakfast at Mezni Louka and we were off. Gabriella Trail which was about 6.5 km was quite a challenging but pleasant enough hike for me. Very beautiful with lovely scenery. We finally got a view of Pravcicka Brana two hours later . Falcons' Nest the monastery turned restaurant was such a welcome sight. The only restaurant up there - the menu was limited and quite packed with people all hungering for lunch and drinks. Obviously overworked, the waiters were still chirpy and happy to serve ( it would have been a different story if we were in France..)
I was too tired to walk up anymore and had my beer and coffee and enjoyed the scenery of the park. At about 4pm, we were ready to walk down. The path down was more pebbled and a lot more difficult to walk
Then another 30 min hike back to Ticha Souteska , ti started raining and we took shelter at this pub. The owner was this lady who didnt speak English and smattering German and lots of body language. We got through ordering food without any trouble and she even drove us to Decin to take our train and made it just 5 minutes before the IC train to Prague. Great timing...
Wonderful scenery and lots of Czech hospitality made this trip memorable...