Six Days In The Land Of Bohemia

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  1. Terry Page

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    We spent 6 days touring the Bohemian area of the Czech Republic here is the map of our trip.


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    We were both overwhelmed with the beauty of the country and the driving was very easy, apart from coming upon a closed road with a warning of 1 mile [​IMG] , which the Czech's seem to do quite often evidently. It was a nightmare getting around it involving an extra 100 mile round trip on twisty country roads which added 3 hours to the already long trip, almost 7 hours driving in all.
    In the middle of the week my energy level and mood fell sharply, which I didn't understand until I suddenly realised it was lack of magnesium, I hadn't brought any oil with me because we only had carry on luggage which prohibited it.
    I eventually tracked down a chemist (which are not that prevalent there, I think their main medicine is beer [​IMG] ) and I bought some magnesium supplement tablets, I took a double dose and after 6 hours I was back to normal thank goodness. [​IMG]

    The most interesting place we visited was Cesky Krumlov a 14th century town which was mainly Jewish at that time, the Nazis seized it during WWII and then in 1945 it fell to the Communists. It's fully restored today and is a great tourist attraction mainly to the Chinese from what we observed.

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    They still brew beer here and give conducted tours around the ancient brewery, but sadly being Monday it was closed as are most museums in the country.

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    While wandering around Cesky Krumlov we came across a museum at the back of an antiques shop, it was free and we wandered through the rooms taking photos, they are through glass with poor lighting at times, excuse the quality [​IMG] .


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    This antique metal sign was for sale at $40

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    It must be wonderful to visit so many places where History was made and is still being made @Terry Page. All the places you and Lisa travel to seem like such warm and homey places. In so many of your pictures that I look at I feel that I am looking at time standing still...if you know what I mean.

    I so appreciate your sharing your travels with us and the beautiful pictures you take too. You must have a really good camera and have a real gift for capturing the beauty and reality of the places you visit because you do a wonderful job and I often feel I am right there with y'all. :)
     
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    @Terry Page I'll also throw out my thanks for sharing your travels with us.
    I spent quite a bit of time studying each picture, enjoying each one.
    Thanks again.
     
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    Super set of pictures Terry, I would love to live in Eastern Europe. Years ago, my next door neighbour bartered aluminium for produce as theyt were communists. He gave us a case of twelve bottles of Czech champagne. Strong but made good paint stripper :D
     
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    I agree and second your comments regarding @Terry Page travels. I've never enveyed anyone their travel but I'm getting close with Terry's.
     
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    @Bill Boggs I have admitted several times that I am green with the demon Envy. But as I really don’t think I could deal with all the traveling that @Terry Page does, and so far my photography skill are not on par with his, I too appreciate his generosity in sharing with us.

    He tends to show us what each of the different countries’ populous see in everyday life, and that is what I like to see. I can get many pictures from Googling a place, but those tend to be for tourism, and they just don’t let us see the different lifestyles, or the everyday surroundings.
     
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    That's true, @Ina I. Wonder, @Terry Page captures real life and not just stock tourist photos....for the most part, you still got see those places too sometimes.
     
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    @Terry Page
    Fantastic and beautiful! All the more relevant because my Mother was born outside of Prague, and my Paternal Grandfather in Domazlice, not seen on your map. My Mother came to America on the Queen Mary at age 5, two months before the Titanic disaster. My Dad's father came to America the year the Columbian Exposition opened, 1892, at age 16, my Dad being born here in 1901, in Chicago.

    During the several years after I was divorced and finishing college, my Mother lived with me, my Dad having died in 1972, and she spoke of how wonderful it would be to see Bohemia again. We always considered ourselves (me by repetition from my folks) to be "Bohemians", rarely said "Czechoslovak", as the Slovaks my Dad claimed were the "hill-billies" of the country.

    How I would love to sit down in that little restaurant shown in one of your pictures, to a wonderful meal of cerstvi maso and knedlicky and zeli! MMMMM. Roast pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut!

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    Interesting story @Frank Sanoica , I have always be drawn to the "Bohemian" lifestyle, at least the meaning that has been attached to it, "unconventional and arty" ............I looked up Domazlice it's to the far west close to the border with Germany. It looks similar to a town called Telč that we stayed in

    We actually had that meal ( cerstvi maso and knedlicky and zeli ) in a restaurant by the river there. I will post some photos of it later.


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    Yes I could imagine living in Eastern Europe @Mike Dobra especially the Czech Republic, it had a lovely feel to the place plus there is good beer everywhere.....
    According to research by the beverage company Kirin, the Czech Republic has topped the per capita beer drinking table for 23 consecutive years.
    Czechs drink on average 142.4 litres per person. That's the equivalent of 250 pints – or one every 35 hours. But, given that minors are unlikely to be contributing to that figure, it's safe to assume that the average beer drinker probably guzzles quite a bit more.
     
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    Thanks @Ina I. Wonder I try and use Homestays or small family run B&Bs, to get a local feel for a place, I avoid hotels if possible because they cut you off from interaction with the locals.
    The one big thing I have learnt when travelling, is that in general people are all the same, with the same desire to live a good life and have fun and enjoyment, unfortunately governments have different ideas, they are all about power and control and have little real interest in the population at large, especially these days.
     
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    These are some of the meals we had:

    This is the one you mentioned @Frank Sanoica this was in a deep underground restaurant in Prague

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    A few variations on the roast pork dish;

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    .............. part of the restaurant which was set in a series of tunnels..
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    ......with a mushroom sauce, at an outdoor restaurant on the banks of the river in Telč
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    This was a beef dish with dumplings and sour cream with cranberries
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    Apple strudel with cream and a couple of glasses of Kahlua
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    Frozen beer chips with sour cream and a syrup
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    Fabulous pictures, @Terry Page . Y'all sure do eat good, don't you? :D
     
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    @Terry Page
    The first pic with knedlicky (dumplings) reveals they were made with raised, yeast dough, while the second with the little brown holes which result from including bread chunks in the dough likely were not "raised", but rather leavened with baking soda. I make the latter, but not the former, which were a specialty of my maternal grandma. Our dumplings are laughingly "tested" after cooking by bouncing one off the wall; if it rebounds well, it's adequate for consumption!

    Thank you for the wonderful pictures!
    Frank
     
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    I'm very familiar with the dumplings with the bread cubes in them, Hungarians make them and my husband loved them...I hated making them though. :)

    Dumpling in Hungarian is nokedli.

    The dumplings with the bread were called zsemle gombóc and we're usually served with a sauerbraten type dish.

    Mine didn't have as much bread as I see in Terry's pic though....there was more dumpling than bread in mine.
     
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    While in Český Krumlov we visited the famous castle on a guided tour:

    The State Castle of Český Krumlov, with its architectural standard, cultural tradition, and expanse, ranks among the most important historic sights in the central European region. Building development from the 14th to 19th centuries is well-preserved in the original groundplan layout, material structure, interior installation and architectural detail.

    The Český Krumlov Castle was mentioned for the first time by an Austrian knight minnesinger Ulrich of Lichtenstein in his poem "Der Frauendienst" which dates back between the years 1240 and 1242.

    The castle area is one of the largest in central Europe. It is a complex of forty buildings and palaces, situated around five castle courts and a castle park spanning an area of seven hectar
    es. The groundplan layout of Český Krumlov Castle shows the area and location of each court and building.Some photos we took:

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    Traditionally there have always been bears in the castle moat instead of water, there are still a couple but we didn't see any while we there.


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    We stopped at a small town called Tabor overnight on the way to Cesky Krumlov, the apartment we stayed in is owned by an Englishman married to a Czech, who are living in Dubai at the moment, we met the Czech mother who was lovely and very helpful, she spoke good English and excellent Russian which helped.

    Here are a few photos of the apartment, which though in a 16th century building has been fully modernised earlier this year.

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    After dinner we wandered through the back streets.....

    We had dinner at this restaurant

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    The highlight of the evening was coming across this large woodland park which was deserted apart from a young couple who made a good photograph caught in the evening sun
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    A small cloud of evening mist drifted by beneath us, which added to the magical effect..

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    OK, @Terry Page, I haven't envied you before but now I'm beginning to feel a tiny tinge of envy. :p
     
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    @Terry Page
    The Czech community living in the Chicago area had established a form of health club activity, several in fact, called "SOKOL", which I believe meant something like "Gymnasium". Two that I can recall the names of were Sokol Slet, and Sokol Tabor, and the thought struck me when you mentioned a town by that name, that perhaps Sokol Tabor had been put together by folks who had migrated from Tabor, CZ.
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    Another town we decided to visit en route was Mikulov, famous for it's Jewish Cemetery and Castle, the morning we were there was very misty and atmospheric, we visited the cemetery twice in the morning mist and later when it had cleared, there is also a famous hill overlooking the town which we also climbed, about a mile or so to the top where there is a church and a spectacular view, at least without the mist there would have been [​IMG]

    I have always been drawn to old cemeteries, they have a peaceful atmosphere, I guess I am destined to make one my permanent residence in the not too distant future [​IMG]

    Jewish cemetery

    The large Jewish cemetery in Mikulov is one of the most significant monuments of its kind in the country. The first funerals after the establishment of the local Jewish community date from around mid 15th century. The oldest survived tomb stone dates from 1605.

    The cemetery was built in three stages. Today it contains around 4,000 tombs. The most valuable and the most frequently visited section in the Rabbis Peak with tombs of Mikulov and Moravian regional rabbis.

    The morning visit, looking over the wall because it didn't open till 11 am

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    The afternoon in the sun

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    A nice range of photos Terry. It's a wonder that the Nazis didn't bulldoze the site! Interesting styles, which I suppose match the decade they were erected. I went around an interesting cemetery in Santa Margerita de Leguri in Italy where many tomb had figures standing and sitting carved from marble.....
     
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    Thanks @Mike Dobra , the Italian one sounds interesting.....................here are a few photos of the hill climb which we did while were waiting for the cemetery to open;
    Here are some photos of the hill climb we did while waiting for the cemetery to open:


    The vineyards and lavender fields at the bottom though the mist covers them..
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    The Church and tower at the top

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    The view from the top looking over the town...
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    Looking up to the church on the hill from the castle gardens, the mist had cleared by the time we got to the castle

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    The castle sadly open only at weekends in October

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    I like the misty morning ones, @Terry Page . The cemetery ones, not so much. I don't like cemeteries. I don't plan to go to one.
     
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