Cesky Krumlov II
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We had a fantastic time in this beautiful little medieval town which honestly doesn't look real at all. The centre of town is located on a loop in the Vltava river and it's cobbled streets and ancient buildings give it a fairytale appearance. We were sharing the town with plenty of other tourists due to Mayday but it didn't detract too much from the beauty of the place. For a small town there is plenty to do and whilst we ducked out of it there are some pretty cool trips you can take down the river on rafts, canoes or punts. The reason we opted out, apart from the weather not being that great was that the river was running fast due to the snow melt off up stream and we watched several canoists capsize as they negotiated some weirs and rapids. Much more fun to watch than experience we supect.
There is a fantastic castle built on the hill which we visited and strolled through the grounds getting some fantastic views of the old town areas. We were gutted to discover that there is a bear pit at the front of the castle with three bears imprisoned in the most awful conditions as a viewing spectacle for tourist purposes. The don't even try to hide behind the lame claims that zoos do as the only information about the bears was that it has been a tradition to mistreat them like this in the town for centuries. Great tradition guys. Perhaps those in charge of the castle should try and lock up some locals in the dungeons or use the torture equipment on criminals. Gotta keep those traditions alive!
Needless to stay we boycotted the paying parts of the castle so couldn't see all that we wanted to and hope that anyone reading this who is going would do the same.
At the same time as we were in town the Cesky Krumlov rally was taking place and we headed down to a nearbz car park where the start was taking place. The cars involved were a real mixture of souped up modern beasts and old school cklassics such as trabants and ford escorts. Best of all the beer tents were selling cheap and fantastic beers and we had a wail of a time and got pretty merry.
We went to the only veggie restaurant in town for dinner and whilst we remember the food being great the trip home is a bit of a blur as the fresh air did it's best to sober us up. Back at the Penzion we bumped into Peter and had a couple more totally gratuitus beers and chatted with him about the bear, our vegetarianism and the rest of the worlds' woes.
A little foggy but surprisingly not hungover we woke up to much improved weather and spent the day wandering the town, watching the canoing and more spills due to even faster water thanks to an overnight storm. We checked out some gardens and took a leisurely stroll along the river before heading back to the penzion for some recovery time. We had a bottle of wine before dinner and headed into town to try another restaurant which offered veggie options but was a bit dissapointing.
All in all we had a fantastic stay and would thoroughly recommend a visit to Cesky Krumlov but perhaps a bit later in the year than we did so that the fun on the river can be better exploited.