Ceske Krumlov, Czech

Trip Start Oct 30, 2007
Trip End Nov 20, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, October 4, 2008

(Note :  All entries from now until Perth in November are way shorter than they should be, as all out text got stolen, together with our laptop, all our valuables, and almost our whole campervan, when it was broken into and trashed in Rome at the end of October.  Have a look at that entry if you want to have a look at the damage the bastards did.  The next month or so´s text is written 6 months later, so we may have forgotten some bits!)

CK is set in the hills of southern Czech, near the border with Austria.  It´s a picture postcard village set into a bend in the river, with a castle and palace on the hill above.  Its fairytale cobbled lanes and quaint old buildings made for beautiful photographs though the place has attracted a lot of tourists, and unfortunate for us, when we got there, the place was seething, seething, seething, with them.  Swarms of coachloads of package tourists following guides with flags held high, coming at you like a tidal river you couldn´t fight against - too much.  We did find a lovely little local brewery, which apart from a few locals, had a lovely absence of the chaos up the road.  We met up with Mark and Mandy and together went through the brewery´s entire beer repertoire and stayed for dinner and the biggest bloody pork knuckle we had ever seen.  Great night.

We were planning on leaving the next day to go south through Austria, and Mark and Mandy were going hiking in the hills around town, and so we said goodbye to our friends, but Karen was crook the next day so Brad spent the day wandering around the town again (with far far less tourists - phew!) while Karen recovered in bed.  We texted M&M and said we were now leaving a day later and did they want a lift across the Austrian Alps through the awesome Grossglockner Pass, which they were rapt about.  They were heading for Slovenia and we were going within about 80km of the border so we could drop them near where they were going.  Cool.
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