The Potato Chick
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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
In a sentence...mini Prague.
Food we loved...handmade chocolates from Bon Bon, particularly the one with salted caramel.
Cesky Krumlov was just as lovely as Prague but with more of a “small town” feel. We spent two nights here staying at tiny Hostel Skippy which was in a perfect spot overlooking the river. Believe it or not, the hostel was not run by an Australian.
We did a free walking tour and explored the castle which has great views of the rest of the town, as well as a couple of resident bears. According to our guide, the castle is painted in a special style designed to play tricks on you. For example, a door will be painted on the wall so that you’re tricked into thinking there’s a door there when there actually isn’t. We all agreed that the end result just looked a bit cheap and tacky. Check out the picture below and see if you agree.
After almost a week in the Czech Republic, on our final night we finally tracked down Svickova, a Czech speciality we had been searching high and low for. This dish consists of sirloin beef served with bread dumplings, cranberries, whipped cream and a mystery sauce. I know it sounds like a strange combination but it was delicious, well worth the wait. And finding it meant we were able to leave the next day with a distinct feeling of satisfaction.
Next stop...Munich, Germany.
Prague, Czech Republic
In a sentence...fun with friends in one of the prettiest cities we have visited.
Food we loved...tredlnik – unleavened dough that is wrapped around a stick and grilled then topped with sugar, cinnamon and nuts.
Let me introduce myself...my name is Kate and I have joined the ranks of Prague-lovers. This city is just beautiful.
We were thrilled when we arrived at our Airbnb apartment which was right in the middle of the old town overlooking the local market. We spent over an hour at the supermarket marvelling at the cheap prices and trying to decide which brand of beer to buy (you can buy beer in 2 litre bottles). Our first night was spent eating homemade risotto, sampling as many Czech beers as possible and catching up with Pete and Sally who had flown in from Germany to meet us.
The next day we wandered the city admiring its beautiful buildings and soaking up the sunshine. We also discovered what would be our regular lunch – delicious gourmet sausages in a crusty roll with sauerkraut, tomato sauce and mustard. Australia just doesn’t do sausages like this.
We did a free walking tour which took a bit too long due to the 40 minute “break” towards the end of it. It seemed a strange coincidence that our guide told us all about how much we should pay for food and beers in Prague shortly before taking us to a restaurant where, surprise, surprise, everything fell into the price brackets he had mentioned. Needless to say, we didn’t buy anything there. By this stage the boys had come up with their own pricing index for beer.
We also toured Prague Castle. Rather than being one huge building, Prague’s castle is a complex of many castles because every person who obtained power wanted to build their own rather than move into someone else’s. There is a cathedral in the complex as well as gorgeous views of the city. Perhaps the most interesting moment of the tour was our guide explaining to us how he could tell we were Australian – “because you look like bogans”. Ouch.
We spent an hilarious night at Prague’s 5 level nightclub, apparently the biggest in Central Europe. Exactly what countries are encompassed in the term “Central Europe” I’m not so sure. The club was virtually empty except for a group of German school students visiting Prague as part of RE (Religious Education). These type of school trips really make our school camps to Halls Gap and Bacchus Marsh seem pretty tame. I could have watched these kids for hours as they established courting rituals and worked on their dance styles.
On our final day we split up to see some more attractions. Pete, Sally and Tas went to the John Lennon Wall while Nick and I visited the (decidedly underwhelming) contemporary art gallery. Nick finished off the day with the National Technical Museum. It seems that this museum was not as boring as it sounds – its display includes airplanes, motor bikes and cars over 4 floors. I was disappointed I missed out on seeing Nick revel in his happy place. We also missed seeing Pete in his happy place when North Melbourne were slaughtered by Sydney the next day. Next year Roo Boys, next year.
Prague is a truly beautiful city with probably the loveliest main square we have seen (and believe me, we have seen a few). But the best thing about Prague was catching up with old friends, eating homemade meals and drinking cheap beer – what a fabulous combination.
Next stop...Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.