The Danube Trip 

When we left Prague on our way to the Danube and the River Adagio, our boat for the trip, we made a stop at a castle-town on the way.  This was Cesky Krumlov.  ( See Map1 ) A fascinating castle-town completely surrounded by a river.  We spent a great day  touring this old city.  It was built in the days when it took centuries to build a castle or a church.

the plague main square
Mom is in the middle of the main square, Svornosti Square, in front of a big monument, the Marian Plague Column, which was erected in most of the towns by the survivors of the Great Plague. In this photo, the building to the left is the town hall and has the UNESCO symbol to indicate that the city is a protected historic site. (Note. The town is not crooked; it is the photographer who is off balance. )
broad view down the road
Mom watches another tour group in the center of the square.  By this time, she knows where to go and is prepared to follow the cobblestone street to the best shops in the neighborhood. In the good old days these shops sold food and produce, but they have been converted to serve the visiting tourists.
lots of stuff more shops
Mom admires some of the toys in the window, but wonders, "Did these come from China?" This old town had its security people and though their weapons were not as robust as the modern weapons,  the guards were well protected from assault.  


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