Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mikulov - Day Two

Day Two in Mikulov: Bus to Valtice, walk 12 kms to Lednice, take the bus back to Mikulov via Pavlov, after dinner stroll.

The Valtice Chateau was fairly impressive. We were surprise, but should not have been, to see a few tour groups; it is on the Czech Wine Region circuit.
Valtice, Moravia, Czech

It was cool, damp, and cloudy as we set up for Lednice on a well-marked,, multi-use trail. The whole area between Valtice and Lednice - 7 kms as the crow flies - is park-like with lakes, trails, trees, and some monuments.
Valtice, Moravia, Czech

A light rain brings out the umbrellas.
Valtice, Moravia, Czech

We stopped for lunch under this Arch.
Valtice, Moravia, Czech

Monument to St Hubertus.
Valtice, Moravia, Czech

The old stables.
Valtice, Moravia, Czech

The small train stop/station at the Lednice Lake. We sat here for 15 minutes and became mesmerized by the birds: swallows, ducks, chickadees, herons, and more;-)
Lednice, Moravia, Czech

The Lednice Chateau is very impressive collection of grounds, buildings, and gardens. There is even a English-style conservatory (greenhouse).
Lednice, Moravia, Czech

Lednice, Moravia, Czech

Lednice, Moravia, Czech

Lednice, Moravia, Czech

Lednice, Moravia, Czech

This evening, there was a beautiful sunset in Mikulov.
Mikulov, Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, Moravia, Czech

The distinctive one-column entrance arcades of some homes in the Jewish Quarter.
Mikulov, Moravia, Czech

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mikulov - Day One

Mikulov is in the wine region of Czech. We went there for the hiking, not the wine. After arriving at noon and finding a great apartment, we walked 12 kms north to Dolni Vestonice and rode the bus back to Mikulov. The next day we rode the bus to Valtice, walked 12 kms to Lednice, then took the bus back to Mikulov via Pavlov.

Each night after dinner we took an evening stroll. Mikulov is a very scenic town, and being on a small hill, it has scenic views over the surrounding plains.

View from the train window somewhere between Olomouc and Breclav. I think these are turnips, but if we were in China they would be rape flowers.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov Town Square and plague column.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

First walk: North to Dolni Vestonice.

View to Mikulov Castle.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

The Jewish Cemetery.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Our first view of the plains to the EAST.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Vineyards with "striped" plowing. This was a common pattern. Why stripes?
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Part of the trail was alongside a road.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Wind, wheat, and castle.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

View back to Mikulov on its small hills. Notice the striped fields.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

View to the EAST.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Walking NORTH.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Plenty of trails to choose from. We are headed to Dívčí Hrad ie Dívčí Castle.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Looking south to Mikulov.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Looking North.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Wild Iris.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Through the woods.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

And in the middle of the woods there is a soccer field. Hmmm.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Trail runner. This guy passed us about an hour before and now is returning. Wow.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Paragliding runway.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

And our first glimpse of our destination, Dolni Vestonice. The bus stop is next to the church.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

And this is the town of Pavlov to the Northeast.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Views from Divci Castle, and we still have 2.5 kms to the bus stop in Dolni Vestonice.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

And with Pavlov below.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Young/new Vineyards just outside DV.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

And a view of the Mikulov Castle as we walk home from the bus stop.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Evening walk around the castle.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

Not much of a sunset.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech

The roof of the newly restored Synagogue.
Mikulov, South Moravia, Czech