Watching Anna Grace go through even her warmup jumps made us all hungry somehow, and so on Sunday morning we left the barn after lesson and went in search of lunch, ending up in Znojmo, in the Czech Republic.
I pretty much stop reading a menu once I spy Zander (a Perch-like fish) or Forelle (a Trout cousin); ergo, no one blinked an eye when I ordered Forelle, perfectly fried and seasoned.
The boys went big with the house specialty of pork ribs. I tasted, and now know why they’re a house specialty.
Our lazy Sunday afternoon begged for a castle excursion after lunch. The Czech Republic Tourism folks print an amazing book and map that highlights the “worth seeing” castles and chateaus across the country that is freely available through their tourism office, making day-outings easy-peasy. (Hint, hint, Austrian National Tourism Office) A little outside Znojmo is Vranov nad Dyji, a castle in the market town of the same name. Viola! Except, the parking lot for the castle was 600m downhill from the structure, and with temperatures unseasonably hot and my guy still in a walking cast, touring the castle wasn’t happening, alas. The best we could do was illegally park and take a few quick photos. Next time.
Whit Monday morning found the family staring at me over breakfast with another “Well, what are we doing today?” look in their eyes. Off to Krems it was. Krems an der Donau is a popular destination for day-trippers from Vienna; thankfully, we noticed, it seemed the heat kept most of them away on our visit.
The architecture in Krems has Venetian and Byzantine influence, and all of us enjoyed our random wanderings…