12. Cesky Krumlov

Trip Start Apr 19, 2011
Trip End May 25, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ah our trip is going way too quickly ... !! So we are trying to slow things down with three days in Cesky krumlov! We've been looking forward to spending time in small towns so we can get away from the masses and walk down the street at our leisure. We have our own room here too with an ensuite and it's super cheap (20 euros/night). It's been great to spread our stuff out everywhere and hang up washing.

On the afternoon we arrived everyone was knackered from Prague so we slept most of the day away before going on a short hike (!!) to the supermarket and making a home-cooked meal with lots of veggies.

Next day was the rafting pub crawl. Sixteen of us (australians, few kiwis, and a canadian) jumped in these inflatable rafts and floated down the river for 7 hours, pulling in to riverside stops for sausages and beer. It's a bit early in the season and the water level is low so we had to take an alternative route where only one pub was open. The man cooking the meat there was my favourite Czech character so far, dressed in camo pants and big boots, he was chucking raw meat on the coal barbecue with one bare hand, and rubbing the carpet on his chest with the other, throwing back shots and licking meat sauce off his fingers. Phenomenal. When we reached the end of the rafting around 7pm-ish - a very strong young man was waiting with his 8-seater van to take us to the hostel, he had all the ladies swooning as he climbed on the roof and strapped all 3 rafts on top. The 16 of us then crammed in the 8-seater for the ride back. We finished off with a traditional Czech meal in town (leek soup, more pork with gravy and more bread dumplings) and went home to bed!

Day two saw us wander up to the castle and watch the bears in the castle moat, take in the view of the town from the castle tower, and spend time relaxing in the castle gardens, before having a look through all the winding cobblestone back streets of Cesky to see what treasures we could find. It's a really quaint little town - definitely one of our favourites so far. And as you do in all small towns, we then had another afternoon nap. Once it got dark we went for yet another walk into town to take some photos of the castle and the town at night.

Today is our last day in Cesky and we're not sure what we're going to do but it probably involves a lot of eating as we need to get rid of our Czech Korunas ...

Update: So we found this amazing bookstore full of English books and bought a couple to read before having lunch on a riverside terrace in full view of the castle... what a beautiful day. We wiled away the afternoon reading our new books by the river and then headed to the town square for dinner with our busabout friends (Paul, Tom, Rachelle, Ben, Carol). We ate in a medieval cavern, ordering pork knuckles the size of our heads!!! :) life is sweet.

Rating out of 10: 9.5
In a word: Relaxing
Something interesting: The paint on the buildings and the castle - the colourful 3D effect
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Jan on

Sounds like a great place - have added to my list of places to go.
Lovely to see photos- looks wonderful.

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