Funny how life take you places you never thought you would be. After spending a couple of days in Salzburg we packed back up in our little station wagon and off we drove to the Czech Republic. I really did not have any idea what to expect. This part of Bohemia feels like you stepped back in time, like a long time ago. The tall rock cliffs jutting out over the Vltava river house the fairy tale like castle. The orginal Gothic castle was founded by the Lords of Krumlov some time before 1250.
The picture below was taken from one of the castles bridges.Through the opening you can see the lovely view of the city below.
Views below of the castle at night. I took these photo from the village the first night we arrived.
The night we arrived we stopped at a small bar shown below which looked more like a cave. The walls were all lined by very old bricks, it felt very mid-evil
You can see the castle in the background of the village. The orange building is one of the last buildings that has not been renovated. When the city was under the Communist rule the village had been left for ruin and been occupied by Gypsy's. When the communist ruling was lifted the city sold some of these beautiful buildings for as low as $1000.00 a piece. That was 20 years ago. The city thankfully has enforced very strict guidelines on restoring the buildings to their original state. When they were built they were influenced by Italian architecture and art. Some of the original Fresco's have been restored on the buildings. You can see from the second photo below where the paintings had been plastered over and very carefully restored.
I found the mid-evil drawings on the signs very entertaining. The only negative thing about this city is that they do not sell any cold pills what so ever in the small village. I had caught a dreadful summer cold and would have given anything for some cough drops and a de-congestive. Also if you ever find yourself driving in the Czech Republic or in Hungary make sure you have NO alcohol in your system they have a zero alcohol tolerance and we were told if you are pulled over by the police they will automatically give you alcohol breath test. Luckily we did not experience this! We had a private tour of the city and was told this information.
The photos below were taken in the room we stayed in. The ceiling was made with a heavily carved wood.
You can see the Italian influence in the large sun dial.
My favorite, a heart shaped rock that was trapped in the street. I tried real hard to pull it up but it was not movin!!