Thursday (day 20) traveling to Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov Travel Blog

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a view down the river of Cesky Krumlov

Our friends left early this morning (something like 3 am) so we didn’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 we’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.

looking through a castle window at the town below
We never did settle on a hotel (more internet research later) but we finally discovered the little blue stickers on the road signs were road numbers. We’d figured out the large black and white numbers were roads but thought the little blue ones were distance to the next town. We finally tumbled to the fact that the next town wasn’t always 7 kilometers away.

This is the first day that has started out rainy - only a light drizzle - but we’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 doesn’t seem real. Sort of an architectural Disney World.

Krumlov is nestled in the bend of a river with the Czech Republic’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.

I’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.

babyaly1 says:
where is the picture of the blue car ???
Posted on: May 18, 2009
X_Drive says:
A bagpipe rock band. Hmmmmm. Being a musician, I thought I'd heard about everything, but that's a new one on me.
Posted on: Sep 29, 2006
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Cesky Krumlov
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