We left Prague at 10AM and set off for Cesky Krumlov (pronounced Cheskey Crumlow), a medieval town kept up by Unesco World Heritage. On the way we had lunch at another World Heritage site, Holasovice. It’s a tiny little village, population 400. The homes on the square are all built in the 16th and 17th century. It was very quiet. It is a popular stop for bicyclists, so there are a couple of small restaurants and pensions. We had some lunch, took some photos and got back on the bus.
Our next stop was Cesky Krumlov, a lovely little town with a beautiful chateau in the center on the top of the hill. One of the specialties is a kind of donut
– dough wrapped around a metal cylinder and placed on a rack that twirls it around mechanically over an open oven. After it is baked, it is knocked off the
cylinder and rolled in sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts. It was delicious!!!! A couple in the group found them with the inside coated in Nutella…
Then we walked up to the chateau. It was built in the Renaissance style in the 16th century. The facades of the building are painted to look like stone
bricks and statues in niches, very popular for the rich in the 16th century. It was a private home for a couple of wealthy families and now belongs to the city
as a museum. We didn’t go in, but the views of the city from there are outstanding. There is a garden at the back with a theater. In the summer they
stage operas on a stage circling the audience. The seats are on a revolving platform and turn when there is a scene change!
We had an amazing dinner at a place called “The Two Marys” on the river. It specializes in “medieval cuisine” — I had a vegetable “Feast” tasted some of the local beer, but passed on the “mead”. We wandered back to the hotel, stopping in the park to looking at the amazing illuminated buildings.
The next morning we left for Vienna. On the way we stopped at Telc (pronounced Telch) another medieval town. It was much larger than Hocesovice with an covered
arcade in front of all the stores. Intricate paintings and pastel colors covered the buildings. We had lunch and ice cream(!) and then got back on the
bus. Our last stop before Austria was a little fruit stand on the border. A chance to spend all of our leftover Czech money. In addition to the fruit,
there were Moravian wines and large jars of pickled vegetables and jam.
Finally we reached Vienna! Polly and I took a little walk around the hotel and visited a church with beautiful stained glass. They were getting ready for
a organ concert that night, but we would not be able to go. Erik recommended a restaurant for dinner that was outstanding! A real gourmet meal. I had the
special — salad, glazed liver with onions and bacon and a floating island for dessert. The special drink was a wine spritzer with pink grapefruit juice.
This morning, when I woke up, I was extremely dizzy and nauseous. I take certain medications which were changed before I left and I think they do not mix well with alcohol. I
stayed in the room today, missing the city tour!
It did pour rain with lightening and thunder here about 3PM. That was the exciting moment of my day! And watching the Simpsons in German…