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Trip Start May 10, 2013
Trip End Jan 14, 2014

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

From Prague I took a bus to Cesky Krumlov. I was once again using my Busabout hop-on-hop-off pass, which I hadn't used since mid-September in Spain. I was determined to squeeze some final value out of it. An unexpected bonus of the pass is that it alerted me to the presence of Cesky Krumlov. I doubt I would've stopped there otherwise. Just as well I did, because it's a charming little city. Its medieval architecture is well preserved, the charming city is bisected by the Vltava, and surrounded by forest. You'd never know that this is where the movie Hostel was filmed.
I arrived around lunch time and checked in to Hostel 99. The hostel is small and cosy, and thankfully has single beds instead of bunks. And the hostel was supplying free beer to all guests that night, which they do every Wednesday. This was an unwanted blessing for me, as I was looking forward to a quiet night after a lot of partying in Prague. On my first afternoon there, Cayle, Yolande, Darcy, Lilli & Alice took a day trip from Prague to join me. We spent most of the time just wandering around the cobblestone streets, admiring the picturesque town. We had lunch at a nice restaurant by the river. We also climbed up the tower to get an aerial view of the city. It was le nice. After the guys departed, I retired to the hostel for a quiet night.
The next day was a very aimless and pleasant one. I wandered through the town and around its outskirts, stopped in some parks to listen to some Harry Potter on audiobook, popped inside the church, stopped for a coffee, and explored the palace gardens. In the evening, I went out for dinner with Joe, a traveller from Taiwan who I had just met at the hostel. We went to Rytirska Krcma Marketa, which was a warm, dimly lit Czech tavern. As soon as we entered we felt immediately out of place. All the tables were full of locals, dressed in traditional garments. Cue sound of record scratching, and everyone turning to stare at us. After we got over that shock, and realised it was just a group of friends dressing up to celebrate a birthday, we found a spare table, and sat down to a very nice Czech dinner of meat, meat, and more meat. Oh, we washed it down with some beer, too.
That was it for Cesky Krumlov; just a quick stop on my way further into Eastern Europe. Its a pleasant little town, with not much to do, and all the better for it. I was now ready to tackle Vienna.
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Mum on

What a charming place. Nice to find something out of the blue like that.

Len on

Great shots summing up an unexpected and unknown bonus. Looks like a great little traditional Central/Eastern European town.

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