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Published: June 10th 2017
After yesterday's drizzly skies, we woke up today to a bright and sunny Cesky Krumlov. I went out for a bit of a wander and ended up at a beautiful overlook along Horni Street. Sitting there all by myself with this wonderful view right in front of me made be start thinking of how lucky I am to have the means to travel a few times each year. Interupted by others who also came to check out the view, I was off to do a little more wandering. Knowing that it was going to be a day with great weather, I went out in search of a rafting company to see how much it would cost for a short rafting trip along the Vltava River. I booked us all on a raft at 1:00 and slowly walked back to the apartment. After having breakfast at a nearby hotel, we walked over to the Eggenberg Brewery in order to catch the only English tour of the brewery at 11:00. Our group consisted of a few Brits and Australians and our guide took us around the brewery explaining the beer making process from start to finish. Some parts of the brewery seemed really
antiquated but what do you expect from a brewery that has survived 2 world wars. After a very informative tour, we ended up at the restaurant where our tour entitled us to 2 free beers each. We all tried a variety of beers, but my hands down favorite was their unfiltered yeast beer. Loaded up on beer and feeling slightly buzzed, we stumbled back to our apartment in order to change into more comfortable clothing for our rafting trip down the Vltava River. We chose to do a quick 3 hour trip down the river to a small abbey a few miles away. I was a bit surprised that we would be on the river unaccompanied by a guide but it turned out to be no problem as the river never had any rough spots. We meandered around the town's peninsula, all the while struggling to keep our raft moving in a forward position. Eventually, we floated outside of the town's limits and were surrounded by beautiful pastoral scenery. It was a nice and relaxing float but with the water levels being rather low, there were many spots along the river where the raft was rubbing along the rocks of
the river bottom. At a few points, we even got stuck and struggled to push ourselves out of our predicament. There were even places along the river where the water seemed quite still and stagnant and it was a bit of a stuggle for all us to get in sync with our rowing in order to navigate through this stagnant water. Despite the calm and quiet surroundings, it eventually got to a point where we were ready for it all to end. The trip at times seemed to be more work than fun. Towards the end, we were all hoping to see the abbey around each bend. Eventually, we arrived at the Zlata Koruna Abbey where our trip finished and the rafting company was waiting to bring us back to Cesky Krumlov. Back in Cesky Krumlov, we all split of for a little while to all do our own thing. I just wandered a little more around the town while stopping in and out of a few souvenir shops to make a few purchases. We all met up at a bakery in the town square looking to purchase a cake for Churro's birthday. The bakery only sold cake slices so
we purchased about 8 slices of different types of cake and put them all together to form one strange looking cake. Dinner for Churro's birthday was at a place called Papa's Living Restaurant. We sat outside overlooking the Vltava River and enjoyed the warm evening with cold Staropramen beers and a delicious meal. The restaurant staff was kind enough to bring us our makeshift cake along with a candle while we all sang Happy Birthday to Churro. After dinner, we celebrated our last night in the Czech Republic by returning to the same bar, Apotheka, that we were at last night.
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