27 June ’04. Sunday. We joined Mikleane, Ric, Louise, and Drew for breakfast at the Penzion Onyx this morning before heading over for the tour of the Cesky Krumlov Castle.
When Louise and I first arrived in Europe we were looking high and low for a castle to see. Now, they are popping out of the wood work. Cesky Krumlov is one of the best that we have been into. Not only is it large, it is restored very well. At this point I will air one of my personal gripes…..you CAN NOT TAKE PICTURES ???…. Now I know that flash photography isn’t good for all the different fabrics and paintings, but why the HECK can’t we take pictures without flash?????? OK, now let me see, oh yes, this was a wonderful tour and we did see a beautiful castle that had a large number of the rooms filled with furnishings of the period. Nicely done !!!! The rest of the village is very quaint. The roads (very narrow) are restricted to cars for those that officially live in the village. The buildings are refinished to look just as they did in the 15th,16th & 17th century. The Vltova River winds and twists around the village and all the surrounding areas for miles on both sides of Cesky Krumlov…..very picturesque !!!
The food….Very Good and Very Reasonable…. The river is a floater’s dream. The Chouinards all gathered together and rented a raft for the rest of the afternoon and floated the Vltova for about 3 hours. A report from Drew and Louise was ….. “IT WAS GREAT FUN !!!”
Now I must tell you, Drew has become a GIANT fan of the Czech Fotbal team. It isn’t because they have a real good chance to win the Euro Cup either…and they do have a good chance to win it all. He likes them for his own reason !!! Last night we all sat in the middle of the village and watched the game on the big screen….there was a lot of cheering going on and in some corners a lot of beer flowing. The score was 5-0 in favor of the Czech team. Tomorrow…..good-bye to Cesky Krumlov and on to Salzburg……