Adventures in Vltava

One of the most popular past times among Czechs is water rafting and canoeing.

A couple of weeks ago, we were with some friends in Kemp Branna, a camp close to the Vltava river.  The main purpose of our trip was water rafting.    It was also the first time for us to go camping with the kids.  Although, we didn’t stay in a tent because my daughter was way too young for this kind of accommodation.  There was an option to stay in a little cottage, so that’s what we opted for.  The camp was quite nice and the facilities were clean and very well-developed.


The day we arrived, my kids immediately socialized at the camp.

Because my daughter is still a baby, we decided to split the next day’s activity.  The boys went with the rest of the group on a raft, while we girls spent our time travelling in a car or on foot.


Can you see my boy?  Good I wasn’t there on the boat with them.  I’d be nervous to let him sit on the edge of the boat.  But I was glad he had this experience.  At least he won’t be as wimpy as his mommy.

Anyhow, my daughter and I followed them to Rozmberk where we all had lunch, and I had the opportunity to snap this photo of the castle.


I didn’t get the chance to go inside, but was happy viewing it from the outside.

Under pristine waters, it looks very serene.


The rest of the afternoon was a bonding trip for me and my daughter.  We went to the medieval old town, Cesky Krumlov.

Look who’s enjoying the ride.


We also went to a small park adjacent to the castle where we relaxed a bit…..



…and we had our first “date” in a coffee shop.  Although I was the only one who had coffee.



All in all the trip was a great bonding experience for me and my daughter, and for my husband and our son.

Hopefully next time, we will all be in the raft together.

Destination: Holašovice

Holašovice is a small historical farming village in the Southern part of the Czech Republic. After visiting Cesky Krumlov, we decided to take a quick peek at this little village which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During the 15th century, this village was nearly wiped out by the Bubonic plague.  Its significance lies in the fact that it is a typical Bohemian farming village.  It has been abandoned during the second world war and post communist Czech, and was only recently restored in 1990.

It was amazing to see how old these houses were.

The current population of this village is approximately 140.  Thus, its quiet surroundings and natural charm somehow provide a calming effect and a welcome reprieve for the stresses of city living.

For those who are visiting Cesky Krumlov or Ceske Budejovice, I would recommend this place as a great side trip.

More information about Holašovice can be found here.  


Destination: Český Krumlov

One of my favorite places in the Czech Republic is Český Krumlov.  Located in Southern Bohemia, the town is a 2 and a half  hour drive from Prague.

Due to its old-world charm and natural beauty, it is one of the most visited places in Czech.  On our trip there, I was surprised to see a lot of Asian tourists.  Other than Prague, this town had the most diverse tourist population compared to the other places we visited.

The castle, with its beautiful gardens, offers breath-taking views of the city.

But the inner city is not to be outdone.  It also has its own charm that enchants every visitor.

Český Krumlov is a city bordered by the Vlatava river.  Thus, it is not surprising to see that canoeing, kayaking and rafting is one of its best attractions.

During our trip, we didn’t get to do this, but it gave us motivation to go back.  Perhaps when Jakub is older, we can try it.

I felt that the 2 days that we spent there was a very short trip, but it gave us reason to come back for more.

For those of you who are interested in checking out this place, more information can be found here.