“Architecture is what nature cannot make. Architecture is something unnatural but not something made up.” - Louis Kahn I wasn't planning on going to the Czech Republic this year and if truth be told, Český Krumlov wasn't even on my list of "Must See Cities" but when the opportunity arose to drive there from Linz during my stay there, I accepted it with a smile.
There have been a few places I've visited in recent years where I've experienced all four seasons in one day - Florida with its storms sprinting towards a sunny beach and Melbourne with it's chopping and changing winds and temperatures - but never before have I actually experienced snow, sunshine, rain and blue skies in one day. Until I went to Český Krumlov.
The name means "Czech Crooked Meadow" and never before have I seen a town match its name so well. Everything was crooked; the cobbled streets I walked along, the bend of the Vlatava River that cups the old town, the medieval houses I stared up at and the skyline I gazed on from a viewing gardens. All completely crooked.
I will remember Český Krumlov as the home of my favourite museum (so far), as the place where I first learned about "Touch Tours" for visually-impaired people and the place where I drank a beer the size of my head at lunch time. Those, ladies and gentlemen are some jolly good memories.
Frances M. Thompson
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