It was a rest & rain day in Česky Krumlov. I woke without any pressure to pack or do anything, and it felt great.
The first stop was to climb up the big castle tower. I have no idea what it's called, but it's the tallest thing around here (photo). My living in Switzerland (and the 100+ steps to my apartment) paid off. I got to the top in short time, while everyone else was stuggling and wheezing. I enjoyed the view and took a few photos.
Next was a city walking tour. I joined the German speaking tour since nobody else had signed up for the English one. Just then the rain got worse and I had no umbrella, but a German fella on the tour was kind enough to share his. I know that breaks rule #1 of manliness (never share an umbrella with another guy), so I ducked under arches or other shelters whenever possible. The tour was interesting (from what I understood), and confirmed what I assumed: the city has been completely converted into tourism. I can't remember all the stats, but the one that stuck out was that 2/3rds of restaurants close during the off season. It's certainly apparent when it seems that every building is a hotel or pension.
During the tour I saw a wax museum I wanted to check out. I bought a cheap umbrella (I already broke it) and hoped I wouldn't run into the German fella. The wax museum was neat, but lacked context. Often they'd create a scene but I had no idea to what time period it belonged. I did get portraits of Bill Clinton and the pope.
The next stop was the torture museum. These things fascinate me for a few reasons: 1) how evil people can be, 2) the flawed logic that torture can extract confession, and 3) the squeamishness of it. I arrived and saw they had a combined ticket special for the torture and wax museums. I didn't know this earlier, so I simply showed the ticket lady my receipt from the wax museum and she started freaking out. No! No! No! I expected her to start stamping her feet or something, and by no means did I confront her or complain. Yeesh! Tourist fatigue?
I walked around a bit more, bought some maps, and ended up at a medieval tavern for supper. I'm wishing Erik was here for this: A big meat plate with potato for $10. Very nice. I also met a couple from Australia on tour, and we shared touring stories, talked gear, and agreed the weather sucks. If you read this: Safe travels and hope we cross paths again!
The weather forecast shows some improvement for the day after tomorrow, but I'm feeling ready to pedal tomorrow. I should be in Prague in 3-4 days.
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