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What's going on in Cesky Krumlov

The Retro Cafe

Very close to the river, the Retro cafe has a large terrace and about 15 indoor tables.  That’s bigger than most in Cesky Krumlov.  The terrace is an elevated wooden decking which is mostly used by parents watching their children at the playground next door....

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Cosa Vostra Restaurant

Across the street from the Hotel Ruze is the Cosa Vostra (Italian) Restaurant.  Their sign on the street is barely noticeable and looking in the front entrance it look like just another hotel lobby.  You’ll have to walk in towards the back and up a few stairs to...

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Largo cafe – Cesky Krumlov

I’ve just discovered the “Largo cafe”.  Krumlov’s newest coffee bistro & pension. One step inside the door and I knew that the owner has done this before.  Branded tables & chairs.  Everything with matching colours and styles....

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In Krumlov Castle AT NIGHT

If you’re staying overnight in Krumlov, one of the more interesting things you can do is to visit the castle at night.  Yes, it’s open all night.  The interior doors do close after the last tour.  The gardens are closed around 22:00.  But the...

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The Old Inn (Hotel Mestak)

Located right on the main square, the Old Inn’s location can’t be beat.  Central to everything in Krumlov and just 2 minutes away from the Vltava river and 5 minutes from Latran, where you’ll find Krumlov castle. The hotel has 3 restaurants including...

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Astrophotography at Krumlov Castle

Yesterday, the lights that normally light up the castle and tower at night were not on.  I’m not sure why, but I took the opportunity take some new types of pictures.  Usually, the lights are SO bright that it’s nearly like taking a picture during the day....

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Hotel Ruze panorama

What’s the best type of Panorama?  One that you can’t tell IS a panorama. Let me explain:  Yesterday I stopped in front of the Hotel Ruze and took a few pictures of the beautiful paintings under the edge of their roof.  Then I imported those pictures into...

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Babylon Restaurant

Located by the Vltava river, the Babylon restaurant has a great location.  Just outside of the city centre, you can still walk there from the main square in less than 15 minutes. Sporting the usual Czech fare, there are a few non-traditional items on the menu.  All...

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Hotel Ruze (the only 5 star hotel in Cesky Krumlov)

Housed in a former Jesuit monastery, the Hotel Ruze is one of the largest hotel’s in Cesky Krumlov.  It’s also the ONLY hotel to have 5 stars.  If you search for top hotels in the area, this one must certainly be on the list.  The interior is beautiful and...

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St. Vitus Church

If you think the exterior of the St. Vitus church is beautiful, wait until you see the INSIDE.  Sadly, no cameras are...

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Monna Lisa Cafe

The Monna Lisa cafe is set in an ideal spot.  Just a 2 minute walk from the main square and steps away from the river.  Near a busy street, it’s set back about 20 meters in a fairly quiet spot.  Make sure to walk around the back of the cafe.  The building is...

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The Piazza Cafe, Cesky Krumlov

Just below the Pension Marie, the Piazza cafe serves up a nice selection of hot drinks and desserts.  If you’re after a cappuccino or latte, there are few places that are as consistently good as here. Their terrace is really nice in the summer.  The inside is...

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Hospoda ‘Na Louzi’

One of the better known ‘hospodas’ in town (think:  Cheap or ‘no frills’ restaurant.  There really isn’t an English word for this.)  Hospoda ‘Na Louzi’ has some of the best valued food around. Typical Czech food here....

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Jakub Restaurant

Just a few steps away from the main square, is the Jakub restaurant.  With a large terrace, it’s a popular place to sit and relax in the heat of summer. The staff are attentive, but also keep their distance.  It’s obvious that they’re well trained....

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Katakomby Grill Restaurant, at the Old Inn

While the Katakomby Grill Restaurant’s menu may not differ much from any other Czech cuisine available around Cesky Krumlov, it’s location and ambiance certainly make up for it. Watch your head while heading down the tiny spiral staircase to get there....

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Vlasky Dvur Cafe

At the end of Panska street just off the main square by the Torture museum, there’s a nice little place called “Vlasky Dvur”.  You’ll recognize it immdiately because of the stone arches over it’s entrance.  The front section holds a cafe...

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Day Trip to Hluboka Castle, Czech Republic

Just outside of Ceske Budejovice is Hluboka Castle.  Very nice to look at from the outside and even nicer on the inside!  Despite a horrific theme of a bird eating the brains of a dead turk, the castle interior is an amazing array of wood panels, stained glass and...

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Astrophotography, 1st (and 2nd and 3rd) attempt

Just outside of Cesky Krumlov, is the Klet Observatory.  Why here?  In the middle of nowhere?  That’s exactly why!  Southern Bohemia is one of the clearest areas in all of Europe for “light pollution”.  If  you’re going on a hike up Mt. Klet in...

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Antique Prison Wooden Cart

  Strolling around the streets of Cesky Krumlov, I found this unusual object.  It appears to be a wooden cart used to transport prisoners, perhaps being pulled by horses.  I’m not sure, but I’m guessing that it didn’t have steel bars to save...

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Two Versions of the Same Vltava River Panorama

While shooting video for a different project, I found this location.  With the church sitting so high above the waterfall, I thought it would make an excellent location for a river panorama shot. I set up my tripod and began snapping away, taking a lot more pictures...

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On it’s way to Prague, Vltava River Panorama Photo

Taking a walk by the Vltava river today, I decided to try something I’ve never done before:  An HDR panorama. If that’s why you’re here, you’ll be disappointed.  My efforts failed.  I’ll try again another time.  BUT I did get a rather...

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Winter Market

I went to the town square today.  They’ve got an old-fashioned Christmas market there every year.  To open the market, they dedicate an ice statue to…(I don’t know what, I don’t understand Czech.)  This year, like the last, the statue is of a...

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Fall Photo Gallery

With the lower temperatures and the turning of the leaves, I decided to get outside as much as possible lately.  Enjoy the good weather while it lasts.  Sooner or later, the snow will fall! Supporting this effort, Mother Nature blessed me with some beautifully sunny...

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Czech Trains

While in Prague I walked on a bridge over the multitude of railway lines leading to the main rail station.  I had found the spot by accident on a previous trip, but didn’t take the time to get the shot ‘right.’  This visit I had the time I needed,...

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(Communist) Workers Pride and other Statues in Prague

Just a few random shots I took on a quick visit to Prague yesterday.  I had intended to re-visit the main hall of the main train station, but it was closed for renovations.  Guys, don’t F this one up!  It’s quite beautiful and deserves restoration.  I hope...

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Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Often advertised as the home of the “bone church”, Kutna Hora has received a bad rap.  The little village has SO much more going for it.  I came to see the church, but stayed several days to explore this lovely little town.  (The photo gallery contained...

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Crazy Clouds

Crazy Clouds Shot another quick (well, not SO quick) time lapse today.  I was hoping to get some nice gently rolling clouds.  What started off as a calm day with mostly blue sky turned into dark clouds that couldn’t decide what direction to go. The result is...

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Killing Time

Sitting on a bench yesterday, killing a few minutes while waiting for a friend I looked up and saw this scene.  I had my camera with me and decided to take a look through the lens.  You’d never know it by this shot, but the street is actually quite narrow.  Two...

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50 Million Steps

Had a great coffee today with Tony & Alex from “50 Million Steps“, who are blogging about their round-the-world trip.  They plan to spend a full year travelling and writing about their adventures. They contacted me after checking out my information on...

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And the Water Continues to go DOWN. (After the Flood)

Another day without rain has again lowered the water level in the Vltava.  The Lipno dam upstream of us must be doing OK, as they’ve reduced the output to an *almost* normal level.  I think we’re still a bit higher than usual, but after last week…we...

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Covered Bridge Photo

Covered Bridge Photo – HDR Photography So you’ve been checking out my blog for a while now, reading about my life and looking at the pretty pictures, right?  But you’ve been wondering:  “what the heck is this ‘HDR’ photography he...

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The Pension in the Tower

One of the more unusual places to stay in Cesky Krumlov is the undoubtly this tower.  It’s been converted into a Pension (privately owned & run mini-hotel).  I’d love to stay there and see the inside!! The photo below could be best described as...

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Photogallery, Day 3 of the Flood in Cesky Krumlov

My apologies for the delay in processing these photos from day 3 of the flood in Cesky Krumlov.  The power has been off.  Nothing to do with the flood!  Thankfully it has now been fixed.  Now that it’s been sorted, here are the photos:   [Gallery currently...

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Vltava River still high. Cesky Krumlov Flood 2013

No real changes or developments regarding the flooding in Cesky Krumlov.  The Vltava river still higher than normal, but the town is taking it in stride. The skies are now blue and temperatures have risen to a more normal high of more than 20c.  So nice in fact, that...

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Flood Damage Update

It sure was nice to see the sun today!  Scattered clouds in the morning with a blue sky all afternoon. A quick walk around town shows me that some of the flood damage is already being repaired.  Other things will take longer to fix. A few of the riverside terraces...

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Vltava River – Before and After the FLOOD

It’s difficult to see the full extent of the flooding if you haven’t been here to see it firsthand. As soon as the weather improves, I’m going to try and re-create some of the pictures I’ve posted recently to show just how high the water was....

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Krumlov during the Flood

Originally a photo, I’ve photoshopped this to look like a painting. I’m quite please with the results.  What do you think?              

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Cesky Krumlov Flood, June 2013 (Part 2)

  Day 2 of the flood!  I woke up this morning expecting to see the water level down a lot.  It’s NOT.  But it is lower than yesterday.  That’s something, I guess! I will continue to post photos and videos throughout the day today.  Please bookmark the...

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Decadent Cafe

[UPDATE:  June 2014.  I stopped by again.  The cafe was closed.  It didn’t look good.  Perhaps permanently?] [UPDATE:  Aug 2015.  The cafe has been remodelled and is now open under a new name.  I’ve been inside and I quite like the atmosphere.  The coffee...

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Zlata Koruna, Photo Gallery

As promised, here are the photos from my hike the Zlata Koruna. The weather was amazing.  Warm and sunny all day long!  Bring on Summer, I’m ready!  Enough of the snow!  (Of course, by saying this openly I’m actually tempting Mother Nature to smite us with...

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UNESCO Site, Cesky Krumlov

For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Cesky Krumlov is one of the best or perhaps THE best preserved Medieval village in all of the world. In the 90’s the town was added to the UNESCO list of historical sites.  80% of of the buildings are of unique...

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Stone Doorway

Stone Doorway

Walking through the Streets of Cesky Krumlov, I found this house with a stone doorway.  There’s nothing unusual about that in Krumlov.  What caught my eye was the stone carved inscription above the doorway which I read to be “6AMD74”.  This...

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Olomouc, Czech Republic

Olomouc, Czech Republic

I arrived in Poland today after an overnight stop in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  A short time ago I spent a few days in Brno and had hoped to spend at least a day or two in Olomouc, but never managed to do it.  The Regiojet “Student Agency” buses were all...

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Coffee display, Museum of Industry

Coffee display, Museum of Industry

This morning I was walking to the store when I saw a light in a window that I’d never noticed before.  I walked around the corner to the shop’s front entrance.  It turned out to not be a shop at all, but a museum!  Free Entry, the sign said.  I decided to...

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Cesky Krumlov Synagogue

While out for a walk today, I turned a corner and was surprised to see that the Cesky Krumlov Synagogue is currently undergoing a renovation.  Covered in scaffolding, it was difficult to tell if the repairs are being made to just the exterior or not. Built in 1909,...

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Brand New Czech Train

Wow.  On our last trip on a Czech train, going to Poland we entered the carriage and were VERY surprised at what we found.  An empty area with racks big enough to hold about 10 bicycles.  Then we entered our compartment.  With no reservations made ahead of time and...

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2 Nights in Brno, Czech Republic

Alina and I decided to break up our current trip to Poland with a break in Brno.  It’s on the other side of the Czech Republic, close to the Polish border.  We’ve each been through the area several times, but have never really seen the city. Our first...

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The Krumlov Way

After spending a few weeks away from home, it’s SO nice to be back home.  I like ‘The Krumlov Way’ better. It’s difficult to explain though.  Living here is just ‘different’.  As an expat that doesn’t work in his resident...

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Prohibition in the Czech Republic!!

Yes, it’s true:  A ban of alcohol sales is now in effect throughout the country, including flights on Czech Airlines. 19 people have fallen ill or died from methanol poisoning after drinking hard liquor.  Until the source of the problem can be found, the...

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Cesky Krumlov Castle Stables

During my trip to Krumlov Castle 2 days ago, I saw several posters advertising a special exhibition of the castle’s stables, ‘summer villa’ and another building (which I still haven’t found a translation for).  Open only for 2 days per YEAR, I...

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Blansky Les (White Forest) – Bike race up Klet

On Sunday, I got up early and hiked with my camera gear into the “Blansky Les”, which is a Protected Landscape Area in the Southern Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.  I managed to find a clear spot off to the side of the bike path, with a great view of...

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The Last Day of Summer?

Alina and I had a rare day off today.  A quick glance out the window told us:  “GO HIKING.  This might be the last day of Summer.” The weather has been hit or miss lately.  Sunny one minute, raining the next.  And the wind has been *so cold*!  But today it...

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Retro Cafe Review – Cesky Krumlov

[A newer Retro Cafe review was posted HERE] Took a little trip to the Retro Cafe, near the river a few days ago.  They’re in a strange location, because you can’t really see the river and there’s a children’s playground right beside it.  Great...

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Another beautiful day

Wow it’s sticky, but it’s a beautiful day today.  The humidity is getting really high and yet the sun has disappeared.  I think it’s going to POUR rain any minute.  (UPDATE:  Less than 5 minutes later, the first crack of thunder was heard.  And it...

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Bad Tourist Behaviour

Amazing, absolutely amazing.  Just came back from a coffee at the Divaldo Mestske (City Theatre), which has a really nice cafe.  It’s open all day and well into the evening.  The inside has plenty of room and is really nicely decorated (but weird. There’s...

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Art Alley update…

Just got back from a coffee at the Monna Lisa Cafe.  On the way I spotted a few things in Art Alley.  I want to say that they’re new, but probably I just noticed them for the first time! Their creativity is...

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Down the Vltava River

Wrapping around the city centre is the Vltava river.  It flows all the way to Prague (200km+), but the route is hardly direct. I spent another afternoon having coffee by the river and watching/filming the rafts near the construction of the new pedestrian bridge.  The...

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Hospoda 99 (Restaurant 99)

Restaurant 99 is located just inside the only remaining city gate.  In a city full of Czech themed restaurants and very little else, it’s nice to have something different.  ’99’ has quite a bit of variety including Tex-Mex and burgers.  Salads,...

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Cesky Krumlov Island (at least that’s what I call it)

Cesky Krumlov Island At least that’s what *I* call it.  It’s not actually an island.  To get to the centre of old town Cesky Krumlov from anywhere, requires crossing a bridge.  On the North, South and West sides it’s surrounded by the Vltava river,...

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Vlassky Dvur Cafe (Walnut Yard)

Vlassky Dvur Cafe (Walnut Yard)

This morning’s walk around town led me to the “Vlassky Dvur” Cafe.  It’s quite a nice place.  Rarely busy, it’s a place we visit frequently when we’re looking for a quiet place for a chat, or to use their wifi while sipping on a...

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Five Petalled Rose Celebration, Day 2

Day 1 of the Festival was a great success! Alina and I attended 2 concerts at the Hotel Ruze.  The first was a quartet playing in the “Prelature” courtyard on a temporary stage.  Backed up by 2 drummers, the female member of the group played at least 5...

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