Saturday, September 26, 2009

Czech Paradise

 
I've recently picked up a book called 77 výletů s dětmi po Čechách, or 77 trips with children around Czechia, and it is full of hikes, bike rides and stroller walks through the country. Last week friends of ours organized a hike in Český ráj along one of the trails mentioned in the book, and we tagged along to try it out.

We'd been in the area before (Český ráj is an hour from Prague, perfect for weekend trips) but never with a stroller. Thanks to the well chosen path, we missed the many stairs and steep paths around the rocks that make Český ráj famous, and the stroller survived the trip with no problem. The kids swarmed around us and then divided; some dragged behind and some wandered into the woods. (It's more fun to pretend to be Shrek and the princess when you're climbing over rocks and hiding behind big trees than when you're strolling up a path full of grownups.) We kept our eyes out for mushrooms, but only found chicken of the woods, and a few beautiful Amanita muscaria.

For anyone wanting to try out the trail, drive north on the E45 to Turnov, and turn onto 442 towards Sedmihorky. Take the first right after the Sedmihorky train station, and drive up the road to Sedmihorky Lazne, where you can park and find the many trails leading into the hills. We hiked to Valdstejn that day, about a 6 km hike there and back.

6 comments:

poppy fields said...

I have a similar book for provence. I thought of you yesterday, when two women from Czechie came into my tourist office. They spoke good french and english.

Julia said...

Czechs are great travellers! What is the book called?

Barrett Bonden said...

I admire your meticulousness with the Czech accents; they seem to arrive even more frequently than those in French. Getting them right is perhaps a small matter but (in my case) a satisfying one. The fungi growing on the side of the tree appeared to provide a fairy stepladder although how the fairies arrived at the bottom step and where they went when they reached the top are things open to speculation.

Julia said...

I'll have to ask Caroline, but I think the stair step mushrooms would make a great fairy ladder!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

A hike in the woods is always the best fun! That looks like a beautiful spot.

prashant said...

The fungi growing on the side of the tree appeared to provide a fairy stepladder although how the fairies arrived at the bottom
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