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Eurotrip 2012- Cesky Krumlov Part 2

January 21, 2013

The next day was full of lovely things.

First we went to this wee cafe for breakfast and lingered there for a couple lattes until it stopped raining.

Then we went into St. Vitus for a gander.

We walked all through the town saving the castle for last. This sucker dates back to 1240. 1240! Insanity! The castle tower in particular is lovely not to mention the view of the town from the bridge.

We also went through the gardens surrounding the castle and took at look at the Castle Theater which sadly was closed as there’s very limited access anymore. We were told it’s very fragile. Apparently only 3 productions take place a year, 2 of which are open to the public.

But most importantly we took up a fair amount of time looking at the bear moat. Yes. Bear. Moat. Bears have been kept in the moat of this castle since 1707- I must say there are many bear related scenarios in Europe this one in particular was neat.

We also made sure to have a Trdelnik a delicious warm pastry super popular in this area. Highly recommended.

Then afterwards we settled in for yet another amazing, cheap, delicious meal of local cuisine and returned back to the same bar this time for cocktails before heading back up that massive hill to bed.

I hope, dream, wish, etc. that I end up in Cesky Krumlov again. It almost feels as if the caliber of tourist there is higher. People stop and take things in. I wished my mum and dad were there- I wanted to show other people this amazing place. It also feels like a secret, and I’m not entirely sure why- probably because it wasn’t inundated with people during our stay. I really hope to go back one day.

Our next stop: Vienna.

K

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Eurotrip 2012- Cesky Krumlov

January 20, 2013

I love Cesky Krumlov. I love Cesky Krumlov so much that while walking the streets of Cesky Krumlov I shout “I fucking love this place.” And I do. I love it.

We got in a bit late and then we discovered that our hotel was up a big hill so it could have a beautiful view looking down on the town’s centre… but it was still up a hill. So we decided to take our time cause we knew the journey would be … perilous.

It’s so beautiful just… so, so, pretty. The whole place has a feeling. You feel Cesky Krumlov. You do.

We even got to walk past a Gypsy wedding on our way to the hotel. With singing and dancing and big poofy dresses the whole bit.

Once we put our bags down we decided to saunter back down and get some local food for tea. I had this incredible saucy beef dish with cranberries and cream and good grief it was so rich and so good. And so cheap. Did I mention that everything in Cesky Krumlov is cheap? SO GOOD.

Then we went to a local bar that was playing motown and pop tunes… Abba,… it was awesome and had a couple Budvar before heading back up the hill extremely excited for the following day.

K

Eurotrip 2012- Prague Part 2

January 19, 2013

Ok, so where were we…

The next day we decided to start where we’d ended the previous day- so we took the tube into Old Town as I wanted to cross the Charles Bridge. We may have enjoyed a McDonalds treat before crossing… maybe. I must say I did like glancing at all the wee shops approaching the bridge lots of Bohemian glassware and such.

The bridge is littered with painters, musicians, all kinds of artists really- it was a little hectic but of course we knew this going in, traveling in the summertime means all of the tourists all of the time. The view of the Vltava was lovely and peeking at some of the baroque statues.

Our walk through old town was okay, but it felt like the worst parts of the Royal Mile smushed into a large area. All of the shops seemed to be horrible tourist fare- big hats, flags and magnets. Then it seemed that outside of each restaurant they had pushy shouty staff trying to get you to choose their establishment. There were no independent businesses- no cozy wee cafes it just seemed to be a bit of a circus. Whereas in Edinburgh you can walk down the Royal Mile along with the tourists and get to your destination and enjoy the charm of the architecture and your surroundings- I found myself completely incapable of enjoying the things around me because I felt jostled and stressed. I do admit this could be entirely due to the time of year we chose to travel in- but I still was a bit let down.

We did make our way to the Prague Astronomical Clock which is super impressive. That whole square to be honest is really picturesque. Then we just took the rest of the afternoon to wander around and just take things in. Some parts of Prague look very much like Italy- it’s a bit jarring. These pastel buildings meshed with the white/orange. I did make a special trip out to see the Dancing House. I think he’s so neat! I think I came across an article about this sucker on Neatorama or something like that. It was so cool seeing it in the flesh.

The next day we were off to Cesky Krumlov which I love, love, love, loved. LOVED.

Bye, bye Prague.

K