Friday, June 6, 2014

Riding Around Cesky Krumlov - June 6

This was Cesky Krumlov at the beginning of sunset last night.  Is it not lovely?

Today's ride was just delightful.  There is a large reservoir in the CZ whose name escapes me at the moment.  We had a short van transfer out to this cute little town and then started riding.

There is much camping along the water.  I think these units don't move much, they're all covered in moss.

A view of the water.

We stopped at a monastery in Vyssi Brod for a tour.  It's such a bummer that photos were not allowed.  This was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.  It's full of art from the 1700s.  The libraries are unbelievable.  The shelves are inlaid walnut, with rococo carvings across the top.  Just amazing.

This is an illicit photo I took while the tour guide wasn't looking.  The carved altar piece was at least 40 feet tall.  Just astonishing carving and gilding.

The monastery was built by one of the Rosenberg princes.  His horse was fording a river, and got into trouble.  The prince prayed to the Virgin Mary for help, and she saved him.  In return, he built the monastery.  His brand, the 5 petal rose, is all over the place.  There are several large paintings showing heaven bestowing favors upon the house of Rosenberg.

This is another palace we drove by.  It belonged to the White Lady.  I can't remember if it was a Rosenberg castle or not.  We've had a lot (centuries!) of history on this trip.

Tomorrow is our last riding day, followed by a van transfer to Prague. 

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