After dropping me off at the airport, Erik and Walt went on an adventure to visit Pavel Tvrdik at his family home east of Prague, in the countryside between Prague and Kolin. They had a little trouble without their navigator (me), but managed to find their way. Pavel and his mother are pictured above along with their house which Pavel is currently remodeling. Pavel teaches computer science at the Prague Technical University and we met him at a conference there in 1993.
After an outstanding home cooked meal, the guys visited a nearby farming open air museum with buildings dating as far back as the 17th century. Pavel served as translator as the tour was offered in Czech.
When we first went to Prague in 1993, Walt and a couple of the other conference wives took a boat trip upstream (south) on the Vtlava River to a small town. Walt had regaled us with stories about this trip, so he and Erik decided to recreate it as best they could.
The boat left on time, but there was a problem somewhere on the trip when a line got wrapped around the rudder. This delayed them a bit. The boat went through three locks: 4, 10 and 16 meters (>48 feet)!
Walt had talked a lot about seeing a man-powered ferry on a tether line in operation on his last trip. This time it wasn't operating, but Walt was able to get some shots of it.
Slapy, the destination, was located behind a big dam. They had to hike up to visit it, but there wasn't a lot of time because of the earlier line problems.
Here's a panorama from the dam; the boat is just around the bend.
On the way back, they got to see the original place where Prague had been established - upstream a bit. Remnants of the old castle still remain.
Wurzburg reminded them a lot of Prague. There is a castle on the hill (Marienberg) and a bridge you must cross (Alte Mainbrucke) with statues to get to it. One must pass through three walls to get into the castle. Unfortunately, it was Monday, so they couldn't really explore it.
The photos here show an old crane and a view of the bridge from the path to the castle.
Their next stop was at Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
Then they hopped on the autobahn and went to the southernmost end of the road, near Fussen to see Neuschwanstein (The Disney Castle) built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Hohenschwangau, built by his father.
After a long wait and a hike up hill in the heat of the day, they finally got to tour the Ludwig II's castle that inspired the Disney castle look. The tour was a bit short and showed that Ludwig had a flair for inexpensive decorations. Then they went on to tour his father's castle.
Regardless of the wait, heat, and crowds, the views were great!
Trip Report 4
Nan C. Schaller