Josh, Wendy and I traveled up to Cesky Krumlov to spend a couple of nights there having a look around before going on our separate ways. It’s a nice city which feels very small, as the old town only takes about 10 minutes to walk around and most of our time was spent on the main island.
This is definitely another one of the cities made up of small cobblestone streets which I love, wandering through here makes me feel like I’ve gone back in time. The unique charm of Cesky Krumlov is the big difference between the daytime and night time. Because it’s relatively close to Prague we noticed a lot of people arrived about 10am, making the old town pretty busy during the day. But by the time we finished our dinner both nights the town was pretty much deserted and very peaceful to stroll through at night. This is made even better by the fact that all of the cool buildings and monuments are lit up really well, very neat to see.
On the morning of our only full day here I took Josh and Wendy along on their first free walking tour experience which they enjoyed. We learnt some very interesting stories about the city and some Czech traditions, the tour also went up through the castle courtyards from which we could get a great view of the city. Upon entering the castle we crossed over ‘bear moat’ which I had seen on the map but didn’t realize contained an actual bear. Bears have apparently been kept there for over 400 years as a symbol of power, not entirely sure how I feel about that since the enclosure didn’t look too big. Behind the castle is a huge garden area which we wandered through before deciding it was time for lunch.
The rest of the day was spent drinking beer, visiting a Torture Museum (Wendy surprisingly went shopping during that little excursion) and eating some delicious and extremely filling food. In the afternoon we got a trdelnik (yes that’s spelt correctly) which is basically dough that has been rolled around a pipe then cooked over a grill, we could smell this stall from way down the street so had to try one. For dinner we all had a soup which came in a big bread bowl, then Josh and I bought a main dish as well. These absolutely humongous plates (pork ribs for me and a pork knee for him) cost the equivalent of about $10 NZD and were really nice. We couldn’t even finish them and left the restaurant feeling like it was the end of Christmas day back home, very very full of food.