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The most beautiful town in Europe? August 19, 2006

Posted by Amanda in Travel Diary.

For the last few days we have been in Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. The town is about three hours south of Prague. It is a UNESCO World Heritage town and well worth that designation.

The town is on the Vlatva river and the old part is almost on an island with the land just connected to the other side by a thin strip. There is a castle on a hill in the middle and the streets are all cobbled and narrow. It is truly beautiful and we have been discussing with other travellers whether it is the most beautiful town in Europe.

The river is quite fast flowing and winds throughout the old town. There are a series of weirs as well and this makes it great fun for rafting. It is not white water by any stretch but it is fun. Yesterday we went rafting with an Australian couple for about 15kms down river. There were a number of makeshift bars along the way where we stopped for sausages and drinks and the scenery was pine forest and hills. It was extremely pleasant! Today Chris has hired a bike and has gone up into the hills.

We were in another hostel, but yesterday we moved to Hostel Skippy and it is fantastic. The rooms are covered with the art of previous guests and other interesting bits and pieces. We have a room to ourselves for $22AUD and the hostel has a verandah out over the river where you can watch the rafters going over the weir, falling out and generally having a great time. The hostel is just like staying in someone’s home which in fact is what we are doing. We may stay a couple of extra nights because this is such a great place!

If you are going to Europe include Cesky Krumlov!!



1. Meredith Ruge - August 20, 2006

Great FLW photos, looks like beautiful weather, nothing like a blue sky to improve ones shots, or grey ones to ruin them. However there is far to few ,and now in even more diminishing number with you and Chris included in them. Either or bothof you will improve the photo I assure you, and it makes us all at home even more jealous as it is proof you are actually there. Love Meredith.

2. Kylie Parry - October 9, 2006

Hi Chris and Amanda! I’ve finally gotten around to checking out your website – it’s great. I’m so glad you enjoyed Chesky – it was indeed my favourite village in Europe!! My brother and I camped a few nights in one of the grounds along the river. It’s main attraction was a massive beer shed. I don’t think we heard a single other English word the whole time we were in the camp ground!! A favourite memory was running through the castle gardens very early in the morning – the mist was just lifting from a pond, and it was magical. It’s great that your memoirs help me recall mine! I’m getting married in a couple of weeks. Should be fun! Take care. Love Kylie

3. Meredith Ruge - October 22, 2006

V. excited about Ms Parrys upcoming nuptial celebration.(This Saturday). Quite concerned about somthing I saw in your Spain photos. Beside what could be the thickest hot chocolate ever seems to be a piece of ‘chick lit’. Mairan Keyes ? Really are your standards so declined? Meredith

4. Amanda - October 22, 2006

yeah yeah. but i am reliant on whatever is in english in the bookswap pile. you will be happy to know that i am also carrying a patricia cornwell, a michael crichton along with ‘the scarlet letter’ by nathaniel hawthorne, 20000 leagues under the sea by jules verne and the count of monte cristo by Alexandre Dumas and a memoir written by a geisha in 1957. no wonder my bag is so heavy.

5. gabrielle dexter - January 26, 2011

ummmmm…one quistion…what city/town/state is europe in?? I have to have the answer tonight I have homework due tommorow on it.. thank you!

gabrielle dexter - January 26, 2011

please respond!!

Amanda - January 26, 2011

Ok. Either you’re a troll or you haven’t heard of this little website called Google.

Europe is a state of Australia.

6. luggage reviews rockland - January 23, 2014

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot
about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that
you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but
other than that, this is excellent blog. A great read.
I will definitely be back.

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