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Published: October 1st 2017
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Despite really like the High Tatras, we knew we had a long drive, so we left early for Cesky Krumlov. As we drove out of the mountains, we could see the results of the Big Blow that leveled thousands of trees throughout central Europe. What was amazing wasn't just that the trees had blown down, but that many of them had snapped in two, with ragged stumps still sticking out of the ground.
We decided to take the motorway to Bratislava, which was must faster than the back roads (and still afforded nice views). Bra-va itself was fine: we visited the Primate's Palace (beautiful tapestries) and had Chinese food for lunch.
The border guards barely glanced at us as we passed into the Czech Republic. The day was lovely, and we thoroughly enjoyed the drive through the countryside, on the winding roads, towards Cesky Krumlov.
We parked outside the old town, then dragged our bags across the cobblestone streets (clackety-clack, to the amusement of the many day-trippers) to our hotel on the river -- great location, with a great view of the castle on the hill.
Walked around the old town and had dinner at a restaurant along the
river; castle is lit for night; very impressive.
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