Buchlov Chateau

Trip Start Jul 20, 2009
Trip End Sep 06, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Zlínský Kraj,
Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Penzion we stayed in had a harassed but friendly owner and a rope swing hanging from the tree in the garden, which the children made full use of, until Mel had a You´ve Been Framed moment. 200m from there is Buchlov Zamek, a yellow Renaissance style chateau dating from 1698. According to the guide information, it was built when the previous owners found their 13th Centaury castle (just up the road) to be too uncomfortable. One problem of being rich, I suppose, all these uncomfortable castles lying about.

 It is set in extensive, manicured gardens filled with native and exotic trees. There are avenues where the trees meet overhead to make a tunnel and fountains surrounded by lily pads. It is peopled with bridal parties having their wedding photos taken. We saw at least four brides in less than 20 minutes.

The chateau was once home to the famous queen Marie-Therese, who despite having about 11 children introduced such popular reforms as compulsory schooling and requiring banks to open at 7am. Entry to the chateau is by tour only. Two minutes before the tour started, Eartha was stung by a bee. The resulting swollen digit was painful and Eartha´s wails drowned out the Czech commentary by the tour guide. The rest of the tour party was giving us dirty looks.

We shuffled from room to room in oversized carpet slippers, looking like a set of senile geriatrics at a day centre. Once Eartha´s cries had subsided, I took numerous photos until the guide pointed out that I wasn´t actually allowed to. Maybe there had been a sign in Czech telling me that, but without an iconographical one, I was none the wiser. No wonder the rest of the guests were giving me the evil eye. They must have loved us!
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