THE AMOUNT OF MEAT ON A PIG'S KNUCKLE
Trip Start Sep 14, 2012
32Trip End Oct 15, 2012
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Where I stayed
Hospado Na Lauzi Hotel
What I did
Medieval town of Cesky Krumlov
Nathalie and Catherine hung back at Bratislava yesterday, Arjan saying at brekkie they should have told the group. I said she should tell him 'Piss off, Dutchman', something she would never even say in jest.
Reading for travel and downstairs well before 0840, wanting the next stage of the junket to start.
A dumb Japanese couple messed up the rendezvous location so had to head into town to get them. The first half of the journey was on the national highway system, bombing along at 120 kph, sat between Arjan and Nathalie
Stopped for a break about half way, getting a McDonald's coffee just to try to wake up 1.79 E. Not sure it helped at all.
The second half of the trip was more through smaller villages, some of the more picturesque views one would associate with such places.
At 1153 we passed through the former border with Czechoslavakia: no ceremony, no stopping, a vestige of time and history.
Into Cesky Krumlov ['CK'] by 1240, the charm of the old city immediate. Our hotel is in the old city so it is well situated. It was largely drop the bags and get back outside with Peter to get some Czech crowns, the local currency. The exchange rate was a bit better for the Canuck buck here in contrast to the US dollar so exchanged $300 Cdn for 5,505 crowns, mostly in large bills.
Went to the Krumlovsky Mlyn restaurant for lunch, the local river babbling nearby. The pork belly was not available so had a local goulash which was fine
Up to the main square to meet 'Ollie', our local guide. While I caught as much of her talk as I could, picture taking was my primary interest. I had heard before leaving about deaths due to illegal alcohol in the Czech Republic. As of last Friday, all drinks over 20% alcohol were banned: prohibition! St Vitus church along the walk was the best of the lot 100 CC.
We ended up at the outskirts of the castle, some of us heading up for very good views 150 CC. Apparently inclement weather is coming so it was something that had to be done today.
Wandered the castle grounds thereafter with Don. He has a good photographic eye. We eventually ran into others, returning to the hotel briefly for the loo and then going to a riverside bar for an Eggenberg beer, one that I d/n particularly like due to its high yeast level 50 CC.
Back to the hotel to download the day's pix before heading out to dinner, Peter telling us since the weather will now be worse in the morning the bike ride is delayed into the afternoon
A short walk to the bridge thereafter, a sign in a bar confirming no liquor with more than 20% is available. That put a damper into the idea of a nightcap. Some went out but I returned for the diary and blog c 2130, Don also eschewing more drinking [he says he d/n drink at home]. We were both bad at trying to recall all the names of people, yours truly the worst.
Bed by 2300, hopefully a good night's sleep ahead.