It's a Fairy-Tale Life....

Trip Start Apr 01, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2008

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

She Says:

Hi All,  ...Well, Tom and I have made our way from Plzen to Cesky Krumlov.  We caught a couple of trains to get here, shared a carriage with some crazy Russian backpackers who spilt Fanta everywhere (you can imagine what that smelt like in a carriage where the window wouldn't stay open) and who felt quite comfortable with sitting almost on my lap and leaning into me.  At the end of our journey we arrived at what looked like some back-water communist collective and quickly found that there was no public transport or taxis around (it was Sunday).  After speaking to the nice lady in the Information Centre at the station we decided to call a taxi after toying with the idea of walking 20 mins to the hostel with 15kg packs on our backs for about a millisecond.  We finally arrived at the hostel and were greeted by a very enthusiastic American owner who is very nice but has me in stitches with her use of the words "that's super-good".  We have since found out that the hostel was built by Australian backpackers in 1996 and is undergoing continuous renovation work.  It is a really friendly and cosy kind of place and we have met some really nice people.  Since arriving we have moved rooms once and are looking to move again tomorrow (if there is still room for us).

After we had settled in (dropped our packs) we went for a wander into the town square.  From this point on I fell in love with the place.  It really is like walking around in a fairytale.  Everyone (well mostly) is friendly (the exception being one guy at a pub who was just scary) and the town is pretty much built for tourists making it extremely easy to get around and find things to do.  It is full of pretty little buildings, shops, terraced restaurants and cafes all jotted along the river that snakes through the town that is overlooked by a spectacularly beautiful palace complex.  So that evening we made our way though town into the castle (2nd biggest in Czech Republic).  The coolest thing about this castle is that it is "guarded" by 3 bears.  I could stand for ages just watching them (and I have, a couple of times). Later on we waited for a table at a restaurant recommended by our hostel and described as "meaty" (what in this country isn't?).  The restaurant is situated in the old prison and is basically a huge BBQ in the middle of the room.  The food was pretty average but it was cheap and the atmosphere was cool so we were happy and very full

The next day we explored the castle further and had a picnic in the gardens.  After our picnic we jumped the castle wall and walked down a track to some ruins that we had been told about at the hostel.  After that we head back "home" and cooked some dinner with some very interesting looking tuna (Tom described it as the reject tuna from the floor in the John West factory), I am more inclined to describe it as cat-food.   Either way it wasn't that great.

Today we went rafting down the Vlatava River from Cesky Krumlov to Zlata Korunna.  The whole trip took us about 4 hours (floating very casually and stopping for a drink at a very strange bar in the middle of the forest with even stranger men wearing camouflage).  The journey (for the most part) was so relaxing and pretty.  We packed lunch, wine and of course beer and ate and drank our way merrily down numerous weirs, rapids and rocks.  Yes, Tom as a joke decided to hit a rock to jolt me as I was sitting backwards and couldn't see what was coming.  This was not so funny when we got stuck and couldn't move.  We ended up having to swap positions without tipping (while I am trying to hold an open can of beer, glass of wine and a camera) so that Tom could try and free us from the hold of the rock.  You can imagine what this looked like and I am so glad that noone saw us.  Tom finally got us free and we continued peacefully down (apart from the sound of me telling him what a silly thing it was to do).

So that pretty much brings us to now as we sit in a cafe having our pre-dinner drinks.  There is so much more to say about this place but I think is better done through pictures....  Hope you are all well... xx
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