Tours and tortures.
Trip Start Aug 24, 2012
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Since reading in Lonely Planet there was a brewery in Cesky Krumlov, Chris has been planning his visit to it! So at 11am we were at the gates of the Eggenberg Brewery. We were expecting a few other people to show up but there was only us and another couple with a baby. Europeans start them young. Then it transpired that they only spoke Czech while we only spoke English. So it was a private tour for us! A few minutes later a man raced in the back door of the brewery and introduced himself as Rosta. He was 74 years old but certainly has the energy and enthusiam of someone 30 years younger.
Tickets for our private tour were only $10. And they also included coupons to take to the beer hall next door for a couple of jugs of beer. Chris also paid a little extra for a gift pack of 4 beers. Unbelievably cheap! To accompany our beers we ordered fried camembert with cranberry. Haven't had this since we left NZ. Couldn't pass it up for only $4.
Next stop was the Torture Museum. We were worried it could be in the same vein of the tacky Ghost Museum we had the bad fortune of visiting in Prague but it was better than we were hoping for. It had the potential to be tacky with some of the displays of mannequins but it had just the right mix of informative displays, creepy atmosphere and examples of torture instruments. One of the first displays was a chastity belt which was not usually used an instrument of torture, however could only be worn for a few days before chafing and difficulty cleaning oneself after bodily functions would lead to infection. Its most frequent use was women on the road choosing to wear it to protect themselves to protect themselves from rape. Other displays were of specialised instruments for removing fingers, taking out tongues, lashing and racking. There were plenty of copies of old drawing illustrating how to carry out punishments. About halfway through our visit, everyone else left. It was dark and creepy enough that I made Chris stick close to me!
For dinner, we headed to a place called U Dwau Maryi, translating as The Two Marys. The tavern is right on the riverside under the castle and has been there since the 17th century. Most of their recipes use millet and buckwheat, which was in common use in the medieval ages. Rather tasty and filling.