Wednesday, June 22, 2011
At the last moment as we leave Wein, Dennis convinces us to make a stop at Cesky Krumlov on the way from Vienna to Prague. This turns out to be one of the best decisions we make because I fall in love with this romantic little town. At first I only expected a typical medieval castle, but what I found instead was a sleepy little town with a single winding street with an equally twisted river coursing through. The highlight of the town is the ancient castle, but looks can be deceiving. Upon closer inspection, it appears that someone painted the “bricks” on the concrete walls maybe because they were too broke to renovate the walls with real quarried stone. Nonetheless, the castle offers beautiful views of the surrounding kingdom and sports a pet bear to maul distasteful visitors. Aaron and I stop for a local dessert pastry snack called Trdelnik, the Eastern European version of the doughnut costing 40 Czech Crowns ($3). It’s a lump of dough smashed on a thick metal bar, baked over coals, and slathered with cinnamon sugar. I want to kayak the snaking river but Prague calls and we press forward.