Thursday (day 20) traveling to Cesky Krumlov
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Our friends left early this morning (something like 3 am) so we didnâ€™t get up to say goodbye again. We had to be up with our bags packed by 5:30 am so most of the rest of the day was a blur. The tour people took us to the airport where we rented a really cute Skoda (a Czech made car) that was perfect except for the electric blue paint job and 4 (four!!!!) large CzechCar rental stickers pasted all over. For $15 they were willing to remove the stickers but the blue color remains. At least weâ€™ll be able to find it in a parking lot.
The 100 mile trip from Prague to Cesky Krumlov started by driving around the airports (commercial and private jet) several times trying to find a hotel for the night before our return flight on 6 Oct and also to find the right road south.
This is the first day that has started out rainy - only a light drizzle - but weâ€™ve had such beautiful weather for the entire trip that rain in any form was sort of a shock. However, by the time we reached Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia (just north of the Czech and German border) it was partly cloudy. . . .perfect photography lighting. And this little town deserves perfect lighting because its so picturesque that it doesnâ€™t seem real. Sort of an architectural Disney World.
Krumlov is nestled in the bend of a river with the Czech Republicâ€™s 2nd largest castle perched on the hill above it. The entire town has 14,000 people (plus 20,000 Japanese tourists the day we arrived). Absolutely perfect and I spent the first day running around photographing everything.
Iâ€™ve just read the town events brochure and this weekend they are celebrating St. Wenceslas (the patron saint of Czech Republic). Tomorrow and Saturday there is a street market and tomorrow night there is entertainment in the form of a bagpipe rock band. I can hardly wait.