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Ceske Budejovice

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Ceske Budejovice didn't live up to expectations, though I guess that's a bit unfair to the city since we were expecting something like Cesky Krumlov, only bigger.

We had an excellent 1 star hotel room across the street from the train/bus station for 10 Euro each per night,
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There are some statues in the square and town hall is kind of fancy
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On our second day there I followed the river around the city, but the camera died so only a few pics.
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霍拉索维采 (Ceske Budejovice)

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只想说一句- 旅馆超值,真舒适啊!
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Cesky Krumlov - Beautiful small town with river and castle

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Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful small town in Czech with a river running through it (horseshoe-shaped) and a large castle. It's also a great city to spend a day or two in - the Lonely Planet map is 1km x 1km, so everything is extremely walkable.

Here's a typical view from a footbridge

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The red gate, entrance to the castle grounds
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Castle tower
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It started raining, so Sue was briefly grumpy -- but that didn't last long because it was such a beautiful and relaxing city.
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View from the castle
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I don't know why they do this -- instead of making buildings out of bricks or cement blocks, they make them out of concrete or have a stucco front, then paint brick shadows
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Cool, very accurate sundial
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Still on the castle grounds, is the Royal Garden. It's massive and beautiful. Whoever designed the castle and whoever decided to maintain it are wonderful.
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Us, walking in the garden - any photo in Krumlov with both of us was taken using 10 sec delay after many, many attempts. We had fun at it though.
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Hollow trees - at first I assumed they were rotten
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But then I wasn't so sure (this one looked perfectly healthy)
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More of us in the garden
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Massive slug
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Czech has beautiful manhole covers
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Best euromullet yet. On a young girl, no less (runner-up is her sister). I wonder what bets their dad lost....
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Sue on Horni Street. hehehe, it's a good place to be. At the end of the block you can find Jesus on Horni Street.
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Castle from below
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Me holding my bags and Sue's purse. I've been careful, but knocked one or two people with bags over the course of time since I'm not used to being 4 times my thickness.
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At the bus stop with internet, looking the way I usually do during downtime -- map, pen, and notebook in one hand, netbook in the other, Lonely Planet/Lets go open next to me, bags everywhere in front of me (locked together if it's a sketchy town).
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克魯姆洛夫 (Cesky Krumlov)

鼹鼠的故事

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还记得小时候电视里那个胖乎乎的可爱的黑色的鼹鼠吗? 捷克便是 “鼹鼠的故事”的发源地了.礼品店里陈列着大的小的形态各式的鼹鼠,让人感觉自己仿佛走进了鼹鼠的洞窟.
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旅游书上说Cesky Krumlov是一个微缩的布拉格,但是麻雀虽小,却五脏俱全。从城堡到皇室/贵族花园和小树林,到青石小路,到路边惬意的饭店/咖啡馆/冰激凌甜品店,无一不让人陶醉其中。如果陶渊明在世时游历过这里的话,也许他会命名它为西方的桃花源。 难怪几乎我们的每张照片都笑得特别灿烂。
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古色古香的城堡,可曾让你想起那位美丽的莴苣姑娘呢?(这个是我小时候最喜欢的童话之一:莴苣姑娘被女巫关在城堡里,为了与王子相会,她会把美丽的头发编成辫子,让王子顺着它爬进城堡的窗户)。
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一条清澈的小溪顺着城堡漫游直下,坐在河边的咖啡馆里,听着河水声,享受着没有被太多游人打搅的难得的安详。
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井盖-齿轮形的边缘,城堡和小花。
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放眼望去,真想把无边无际的绿色收进口袋带回家。
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顺着城堡边缘的小路一路直上,竟然到了一个绿色的迷宫。想当初,贵族皇室的小孩就是在这里捉迷藏的吧。
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绿色迷宫的尽头是一个巨型的喷泉。
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一转弯,又是完全不同的景致。两边的树木翠绿茂密,被花匠们修的整整齐齐,形成了两面严严实实的绿墙。除了我们,整个花园并没有多少行人,于是终于又机会摆弄我们的相机,让它的自动功能拍下了我们无数的合影。
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采蘑菇的小女孩和她的整片森林.
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青蛙王子的荷叶水塘。可惜我们并没有偶遇他!~
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没有青蛙王子,先看一眼“树精”。
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路边的飞行侠
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临行之前,再来一个雕像得模仿秀!
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Prague - An old capital city

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The capital of Czech, Prague was amazing, largely because of the Sandemanns walking tour we took.

National museum, 5 min walk to train station and 2 min to our hostel

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Our hostel was huge, central, and cheap -- "Prague-One", a 3-room, 10-bed place on the second floor of an old fancy lowrise.
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The pink building is the old city hall, destroyed in WWII. The city otherwise remained almost entirely untouched.
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In the Jewish quarter - a statue of Kafka riding a headless, bodyless man, an illustration of a nightmare he had.
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the synagogue, which looks like a mosque in an homage to the Spanish Moors, Muslims who were among the only Europeans who were accepting of Jews at the time. The rest of the Jewish quarter was razed about a hundred years ago, as they hadn't had freedom of movement within the city for a several generations until the area became an uninhabitably overpopulated slum.
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Prague Castle

From afar
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Sue and a guard below a statue of a guy clubbing a guy at the castle entrance
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Us and a guard. Guards mostly stand there and ignore the hoards of tourists that have their pictures taken with them.
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The cathedral in the castle complex.
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Another church there
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View from the castle walls
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The famed astrological clock, which at every hour has stuff happenning at the 3 windows above the astrological dial, culminating with the middle rooster making noise.
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By complete chance we saw our friend Jo from the overland tour (who was on her last day of travel in Eastern Europe), and arranged to catch up and reminisce.
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