Friday, June 6, 2014

Cesky Krumlov

Today we rode from Trebon to Cesky Krumlov.  It was another breezy day with some hills.  Taking yesterday off to baby my twisted ankle had the additional advantage of allowing some rest.  Rest was good, I rode better today.
Cesky Krumlov is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It was started in the middle 1200s.  The castle which anchors the town has been remodeled through the centuries.  After WWII, the town was emptied out, it was later resettled by Czech citizens.  No one lives in the old town, they all decamped to the suburbs.  Homes have been turned into retail, hotels or restaurants.  During the summer, there are so many tourists, no one would want to live here.
That’s the castle.  It starts at the tower and goes all the way over to the left side of the photo.

This is an interior courtyard.

 The view from the ramparts.

Notice how good the buildings look.  They have all been completely restored.  This is what all of the buildings looked like 20 years ago.  Much work has been done here.

They start scraping the buildings until they get down to the original layers.  Some are painted, some are graffito.  Eventually, this will be just like new.

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