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March 20, 2019

Czech Republic: Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape


The parish church of the Valtice palace

The doubly landlocked Principality of Liechtenstein on the eastern border of Switzerland takes its name from the Liechtenstein family, who in turn took their name from a castle in lower Austria. In 1249 the family acquired a substantial landholding in southern Moravia. This large estate in the south of what is now the Czech Republic became the official residence of the Liechtenstein dynasty. (more…)

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March 16, 2019

Czech Republic: Brno, Tugenhaut Villa


Tugendhat Villa

The next leg of our September/October 2018 road trip took us from Telč in the Czech Republic to Bratislava Slovakia. Google told us that the drive would take us about two and a half hours. There was some extra time for sightseeing and soon we rerouted to see the two UNESCO World Heritage sites along the way that we hadn’t visited. This habit of trying to visit all possible places inscribed UNESCO’s list has led us to see over 140 World Heritage sites so far. In the process we’ve learned much about history and culture. (more…)

March 15, 2019

Czech Republic: Telč, Plague Column

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Telč’s Plague Column

In Český Krumlov the walking tour guide explained the purpose of the ornate pillar in the town’s central square. It was, the tour group was told, built to commemorate the end of the Plague. So now we knew. It is surprising that after years of European travel we only recently learned the purpose of these pillars. After Krumlov we were sure to look out for more Plague Columns as we traveled further. (more…)

March 14, 2019

Czech Republic: Telč


Renaissance and Baroque houses line the sides of Telč’s main square.

As we readied to leave Český Krumlov’s tourist throngs behind we went downstairs to load the luggage into the car. We were greeted by two police officers preparing to attach a boot to the wheel of our rental car. The car had been parked in a remote garage and had just been moved to the front of the hotel by the staff. We knew the entrance to our part of the hotel was in a pedestrian zone. But the hotel desk staff was insistent on moving the rental car to the front of the building rather than allowing us to shuttle our luggage through the cobbled streets to the garage as we did on the way in. (more…)

March 13, 2019

Czech Republic: Třebíč, Jewish Quarter and St Procopius’ Basilica


Třebíč, St Procopius’ Basilica

It was rainy, chilly, and brisk when we arrived in Třebíč. The climatic conditions added to the somber mood of the visit.

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March 11, 2019

Czech Republic: Český Krumlov


Český Krumlov with its castle in the background

I posit Český Krumlov is one of those places that are commonly “unknown” except by travelers who completely know about them. If you ask a random person to name places in the Czech Republic they are likely to say Prague. And Prague is the most popular destination in the Czech Republic by the numbers. But if you ask a traveler there’s a good chance that Český Krumlov will come up as a want-to-see destination. It is one of the Czech Republic’s top attractions, and for good reason. (more…)

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