Today is our last tour and it was a big day. Picked up just after 8.30am from our Monastry Hotel above Prague township,new were taken on our bus tour with about 15 others 170km South, following the Molotov river all the way, to Cesky Krumlov.Today couldn't have been a better day to be there as it was the annual festival for the tiny UNESCO township dating back to 1300s with the castle in the. Idle of the town. All cobbled streets, just as Prague has but the town is really like a very old village. Today the village townsfolk and others were dressed in medical costumes dating back to the early days there. Although it was cloudy and a bit cold we were guided around the small town see the frescos that are not only on the outside of the castle, but on lots of the old buildings also. It is a very pretty town with a fast flowing river running through it in a curving fashion. Krumlov means curved. The town only has 14000 inhabitants which is still 10000 more than Whangamata where we live. Today we really felt like we had stepped back in time. The "commoners" had village markets selling food dating back to those days and were dressed accordingly. Then there were the Gentry who were all dressed up in their finery and strutting around the town as they would have done. The procession began in a little bit of sunshine and there were hundreds taking part in this. Some Gentiles were on horseback, some walked while the ordinary townsfolk followed along behind with jesters and hunters, dogs and children all looking splendid. There was entertainment in the town square.
We went down a long tunnel to have a sumptuous lunch of soup, pork, sauerkraut and strudel in an underground darkened old horse stable dating from the 14th century with cobblestones inside it and very medical feeling. A fabulous experience. As we came up to the town square again, the procession had once more begun again as did the sudden hail, thunder and lightening storm. Not only did we all get very wet, huddle under the tents, but so did the costumed people in all there hired velvet costumes. I was very glad I was. It going to be the one getting them dried, dry cleaned and washed. I certainly thought of my days in the costume departments in Theatre as I watched sadly seeing everyone looking so bedraggled.
We then had a tour with our guide, Jan, of the inside and outside of the castle and its 5 squares. Mostly, the rain had stopped but we were certainly very wet. 5pm and back on the bus for the 170km journey back to Prague about 7.45pm.
This is our last day as tomorrow, we fly back to Dubai for one night. We will never forget out final day in this beautiful Czech Republic where the people are very friendly and helpful. We have learnt a lot about the terrible times the Czeck people have gone through over the centuries and I wonder if this is why they are such a nice race. They are finally living in better times and long may it stay like this for them as the certainly deserve it.