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Cesky Krumlov Travel Blog

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Town and country

I pulled into Cesky Krumlov after a hell of a time navigating the Czech bus system.  I missed my first bus because the schedule I was following didn't specify it was a weekend schedule, and I had to go to the opposite side of Prague to get to the right bus terminal.  Once I was there, it was no sweat.

This town is a small little village in the south of Czech Republic, and it appears to be a popular tourist destination.  The river Vlatva wraps around most of the main town, and a castle sits on the other bank overlooking the village.  Outdoor sports are a big thing here, like kayaking, canoing, mountain biking and hiking.

A small square in town

I scoped out the area to find the restaurants, bars and grocery stores, and then I set off for my hostel.  It was located a bit outside of the town, about a 10 minute walk, and I found it was operated by an old man that looked a bit like Santa Claus (only later did I find that this Santa drank like a fish, and had a chamber mate that liked to tell us to be quiet while in her underwear).

I met some nice girls as soon as I arrived, one from Edmonton, Canada named Lindsey, and two from Melbourne, Australia named Anastasia and Breanna.  They invited me for a walk around town with them, and I accepted, following them with camera in hand as they walked arm-in-arm giggling.  They had met 10 months prior to this trip, in Madrid, and had scheduled this vacation during their breaks from work and university.

The Cesky Krumlov castle

That night we went to a dance club called Hrozen in the city square, and from the sound of it, Czechs dig Backstreet Boys.  I spent the next day doing the tourist thing, taking photos of the town, its buildings, and the castle.  It started raining that night, and the girls and I had an interesting time of it trying to get to the nearby pub.  The street had flooded, and there was a serious river running across the street and into the river.  We had to hop across a small waterfall and climb onto a railing in order to stay somewhat dry.  After a couple of beers in a pub that had a lot of surrealist art, including some wooden shoes walking along the ceiling, we headed to Hrozen again for a little more cheesy American music.

I want to report a bit on the price of food and drink here.  0.5 L beers, such as Pilsner Urquell, are only $1.25, and when I went grocery shopping I found a sizable meal was only $1..50.  Not bad for the budget-concious.  I've been told that Slovak Republic is even cheaper, with the equivilent of a twelve pack of beer only $1.00.  For now though, I'm headed to Vienna, and will be breaking the budget with the euro.

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Town and country
Town and country
A small square in town
A small square in town
The Cesky Krumlov castle
The Cesky Krumlov castle
An artisan making a torso out of s…
An artisan making a torso out of …
Obstacles to drinking
Obstacles to drinking
The water is halfway up the tires
The water is halfway up the tires
Crossing the river, on the way to …
Crossing the river, on the way to…
Just a little drunk
Just a little drunk
Cesky Krumlov
photo by: genetravelling