Day 19 - a day in Cesky Krumlov
Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
41Trip End Jan 28, 2012
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I moved myself to the couch in the living area with a tub of what I thought was some healthy yoghurt which I chose yesterday... It turned out to be chocolate, hazelnut cream yoghurt (healthy...). I ate this and then lounged about some more and had a banana. I thought I should start getting ready so started to move about and get dressed.
We left at 8:30am and had to walk around the corner, down the hill a bit as we were unsure about how transport ran on weekends - as we haven't been in Prague on the weekend before! :p
We caught a tran straight to the museum at the top of Wenceslas square and then from there walked down to the tour place for our tour to Cesky Krumlov. Baba woke up with a sore throat and is showing symptoms of a cold so I stood clear of her, not going within a metre of her lol. We went and got her a variety of throat lollies along the way.
By the time we got to the tour place it was time to head off and we were the only ones to go with a translator/driver. We ended up in a small 8 seater van. We headed off and although the tour guide was trying to discuss different things with us in English, Baba kept trying to have conversations with him in Czech :p.
It took about 2 and a half hours to get to Cesky Krumlov. When we got there we noticed it was a beautiful little town. We went from the van up a hill towards the large castle built upon a hill of rocks, which is apparently the second largest in the world (apparently the largest is the Charles castle in Prague).
The exterior of the castle was beautiful with so many little details, where many walls were painted fresco with different designs which looked like large stone bricks. The views from outside the castle of the little town were amazing. You could see the town on like an island which only had 4 bridges to enter. The area being under the Unesco heritage list.
Unfortunately the castle is closed during the winter as it takes too much to heat it, but instead we wandered around the castle and got tickets for the museum. We then went down towards the town and under the bridge which enters the town are bears, but they were hibernating for the winter.
The town was lovely with cobblestone streets, wood slatted rooftops and decorative facades on the buildings. Each and every building was different and unique in its own special way. As we walked through the tight streets lined with these buildings, flakes of snow began to float down from the sky. It was absolutely beautiful and I loved the feel of the snow falling on my face :).
We then went to a little restaurant where we had traditional potato soup, pork steaks with wedges and Danish lattice type pastries for dessert. With all this I finally had my first Czech beer! A Czech Budweiser which is made close by.
After lunch we were given two hours to wander about and see the museum, but Baba thought we were seeing the museum afterwards. I said I was sure it was in the time but instead we wandered around the streets. I finally tried some Trdelnik which is found just about everywhere in the Czech Republic. It's like a pastry they wrap around a wooden Rollin pin on a metal stick, then. They put it over hot coals and it spins to cook. They also roll it into a bit of cinnamon and sugar. The result was a tasty pastry cylinder thing that was crunchy on the outside and slightly doughy towards the inside.
It came time to meet up with our guide and sure enough, we were supposed to go to the museum in our given time. The guide let us go quickly but they were closing up everything in the museum and not so happy for us to enter at this time. We quickly went through and looked at the different displays. They had detailed descriptions of each but we didn't have time to read them unfortunately. We hurried on through and then back to our tour guide downstairs.
We then wandered back to the van and took in the last of the lovely town of Cesky Krumlov while it began to get dark.
In the van I fell asleep for close to an hour (was a bit exhausted from walking around all day up and down hills :p). After about two hours we arrived back in Prague city and we caught the metro and a tram back to the flat. Feeling like an earlyish night tonight and sleep in tomorrow!
At the moment I'm watching the movie Wedding Crashers on tv, it isn't quite the same with all of the actors having Czech voice overs lol.