Cesky Krumlov is the postcard perfect Czech village. It derived its name from its crooked (krum) streets that follow the sharply meandering Vltava River that runs through it. Towering over the village, on a rock outcropping, is one of the largest castles in central Europe. Red-tiled roofs adorn pastel-colored and frescoed and/or wood ornamented buildings, over 300 of which date from the 14th century. Narrow streets open into cozy squares, and archways are a promenade feature of the streets. Since the entire village is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, it draws visitors from around the world.
The drive to and from Cesky Krumlov was so beautiful. Czech Republic is made up of three distinct regions: Silesia, Moravia and Bohemia, and Cesky Krumlov is in Bohemia. Bohemia is more agricultural and recreational. Lakes sit amongst hills and farms. Our personal-sized tour bus drove on a narrow highway, more like a Farm to Market in Texas–no shoulders and right up close to whatever we passed. Most often golden- leaved trees lined the road and at one point the trees made a golden archway as the autumn colored trees grew into each other across the road above us.
It was my birthday today, and Kathy and I mentioned that, in previous years, I was always busy during my birthday and we rarely celebrated it on that day, if at all. Today was different. It was a great birthday, leisurely spent, in a fantastic village. WEG