The original plan for our only Saturday in the Czech Republic was to hit up three major sites in the countryside: the tiny medieval town, the castle in Cesky Krumlov and finally, the small red castle in the pond. But upon leaving our second stop, the sun was setting fairly quickly and we all agreed that heading straight back to Prague wouldn't be the end of the world. When we heard that, Gina, Dave and I promptly fell asleep. However, an hour later I awoke while the 9 passenger van was making a rather abrupt u-turn. I leaned up towards Chris in the seat in front of me and asked if we were lost. Chris looked a little amused as he answered that no, we're instead heading to the final location after all. In minutes we were on very rough back country roads, Gina and I literally bouncing off the seat at time and laughing our heads off.
Worth. Every. Bounce.
We arrived just as the sun dipped below the horizon and all just stood there admiring the beauty.
Do you see that light on in the window to the right? Someone lives here to keep up the castle and sort of protect it for when visitors arrive to see it in all its glory. Ummm I did not know that there were such jobs in the world. Are there any such jobs in Rochester...? Can someone build a castle there and let me move in to take care of it?
After we left we had another long bumpy ride followed by clear and smooth highways, none of which seemed to lead back to the city so we spent another 3 hours in the van. Honestly though, even after six-plus hours of being together in such a tigh space, the ride itself was one of my favorite parts of the trip. That's saying a lot when the day included two castles.