A Travellerspoint blog

July 2011

The final day in Europe

4 July 2011

overcast 65 °F

Torture museum

Torture museum


Oddly enough for our final day in Europe we woke up, had breakfast and went to a torture museum in the square of Cesky Krumlov. It only took us about 30 minutes to walk through but it was a creepy half hour.
witch burning at the stake

witch burning at the stake


The museum is mostly in the basement of the building and the torture scenes are played out including sound effects. The woman being burned at the stake is crying and the man being stretched until his muscles tear is moaning.
eaten by rats

eaten by rats


The lights are dim and it is damp in the basement. Its amazing how some of the methods of torture were used up until about 30 years ago.
The travel team

The travel team


After the museum we collected our bags and headed home. The last trip in Europe.....for this time :)

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Another rainy day

3 July 2011

rain 55 °F

city view from old town

city view from old town


I WILL NOT miss the rain in Europe. Today, 3 July, is even colder than yesterday. After breakfast in the hotel we grab Bella to brave the elements.
Bella and I in Cesky

Bella and I in Cesky


sign for art store

sign for art store


this sign was the entrance to an art store.
Cesky sign

Cesky sign


Shortly into the walk JErilyn goes back for a nap so Curt and I walk Bella around trying to tire her out.
Bella at a sprint

Bella at a sprint


Along the water there is a path where we can let her off leash to run a bit. We head back around by the castle and then the skies opened up again.
saving the beer

saving the beer


A lot of entertainment today seems to be watching the rafters go over the rapids. One lady holds her beer anddoesnt appear to lose a drop
pizza restaurant

pizza restaurant


Our fall back plan includes mojitos again at our little café that welcomes Bella. A late lunch of pizza and chicken crepes is from the place next door. After having our fill we give in to fatigue and head back to the hotel for a nap.
Cesky castle

Cesky castle


After napping we risked the weather again for some shopping but the down pour continued. A quick garnet purchase later we were soaking wet and back at the hotel. We had dinner downstairs which was very good….and dry. No one had the motivation to brave the cold and rain again so we settled in for the night.

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Last trip in Europe

2 July 2011

rain 57 °F

street in cesky krumlov

street in cesky krumlov


Our last European journey was to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. I had initially seen something on this on my first trip to Prague advertised as a day trip. From then on it popped up more and more on blogs and in magazines so I had to go.
rafters on the Vlata river

rafters on the Vlata river


Cesky Krumlov is a walled city surrounded by the Vlata River. I could walk around taking pictures all day and be happy. Bella and Jerilyn went also as we no longer had a car we were lucky she let us use hers. The drive was about 4.5 hours from her house with a detour for gas and McDonalds.
Konvice hotel

Konvice hotel


The Konvice Hotel was our lodging and is located in the pedestrian area. Here that is more of a suggestion. The streets are cobblestone and narrow but cars are frequently on the streets. It was a bit hectic to find the place but once we did we were very close to the center of the old town.
kayaks along the Vlata river

kayaks along the Vlata river


Jerilyn took a nap and Curt and I headed out to explore the streets. I love the smaller picturesque towns. There is a castle and beautiful church all with the river running between.
delicious mojitos

delicious mojitos


There was a café that served the best mojitos I have ever tasted so we spent some time there.
Bellas thoughts on cesky

Bellas thoughts on cesky


They even brought a bowl of water for Bella.
At 1900 we met up with Jerilyn and had dinner in the main square. The restaurant reminded us of Romania. I got tagliatelli carbonara with salmon and Curt had goulash with bacon dumplings. The food was good but service only decent.
Czech beer

Czech beer


The waiter brought me a beer instead of the radler I asked for and then told me the bottle was already open so he couldn’t do anything about it. Another lady was less than happy as she walked over to the waiter with her kids plate saying “This is not going to work, there is ham in this! I said no ham!”
castle along the river

castle along the river


After dinner we walked through the castle which gives excellent views back towards the Old Town.
castle garden

castle garden


IN the garden of the castle is the revolving theater. I had got tickets to Don Giovanni. God only knows why on July 2 we had on all our jackets and the theater was selling blankets. The show had a problem so started 30 minutes late at 2200. By the time it was over at 1215 we were frozen and ready to be home.
rotating theater

rotating theater


The theater is interesting in a circle shape and moves throughout the play. There was a main stage and then other parts were acted out on the grounds of the garden. It would have been extremely enjoyable if we had been a little warmer. Due to the late start it was 0100 before we got home.

of course I always have more pictures than I know what to do with:
cesky chairs

cesky chairs


Budwar

Budwar

cesky landmark

cesky landmark


Cesky church

Cesky church


Old Town Square

Old Town Square


Cesky view from castle

Cesky view from castle


bella in hotel

bella in hotel


square at the castle

square at the castle


steeple

steeple


us at cesky castle (2)

us at cesky castle (2)

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