26 June ’04, Saturday. After packing the van, stopping and getting gas, we headed south for our next destination with the Chouinards. We were traveling a route that took us close to a small town where the Wiener family (Louise's family) roots may have come from….Pisek, Czech Republic. So we just had to stop for a look around. It is a beautiful village that is surrounded by farmland and a beautiful river flowing through the middle of town. It’s on the Otava river and has the oldest bridge in the Czech Republic. The first stop we made was at the electrical power station for Pisek. There is mention of a mill at this spot in 1511 but now it's the spot for the power station. In 1836 the town water works was supplied with a pump by Josef Bozek.
In 1887 Frantisek Krizik switched on 5 arc lamps on the big square giving the town its first electric lights. The power plant has been restored and is operating very well. Very interesting to see and I hope to go back and spend some time looking at records at a later time. We had a great I mean "GREAT" lunch at a small restaurant by the river.
We spent a little time walking around and then headed for Cesty Krumlov to meet Mikleane and Rick. Cesty Krumlov has changed little over the years. It will be fun to explore. Well, we have an appointment at 10:40am to tour the Castle with an English guide so until tomorrow…..