A Fairy Tale Town Exists!

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A Fairy Tale Town Exists!

Pension uzumko cesky kremlov

View from Penzion Uzumko (“hotel near the castle”)

I’ve arrived in the fairy tale town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and guess where I’m staying?!? On the steps of the castle!!  It’s extraordinary!  I’m lucky to have the companionship of Zoe Brooks, a Brit who fell in love with this place ten years ago. It was natural for her because she majored in history at Oxford and visiting Cesky Kremlov is like stepping back in time. So she bought an old farmhouse to renovate and began Czech Tours.  She was generous enough to take me on for a few days in between tours.

Walking through the castle and town with Zoe is like walking with an encyclopedic hostess.  She points out Renaissance frescoes that have survived and the process used to ornament the buildings by layering and scraping plaster.

But, of course, the highlight of our time together was a food item: the European hot chocolate I’ve heard about but hadn’t experienced.  It was like rich, velvety chocolate pudding–but not TOO thick.   A celestial delight.

I occasionally woke to the sound of church bells and drifted back to sweet dreams.  I can’t wait to see what Zoe has planned for us tomorrow!


Rhonda Sarantis

Rhonda Sarantis

"She's crazy and loud but she loves you!" That's what they tell my infant granddaughter to prepare her for my visit, so I thought it would be a great way to prepare you. And while I may not always be crazy or loud, one thing is always true: I LOVE people. That's at the heart of my passion for travel. I love getting to know people from different cultures who speak different languages, eat different food, have different ideas and opinions. I'm endlessly curious and make a point of reading about the countries I visit. Instead of saying "that's not how WE do it," I enjoy identifying strengths in diverse cultures, and learning about their way of life. I LOVE road trips! I have great memories of monthlong vacations growing up. Dad always had a van--before they were popular--and invited anybody who wanted to join us. My road trips within the United States will be featured in "The Lower Case Travelogs." Be sure to buckle your seat belt. I execute illegal u-turns if a bakery or estate sale is spotted!


  • Ali


    September 30, 2015 at 5:47 am