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Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Not quite the yellow brick road, but the “Golden Path of Cesky Raj”. With more inclement weather on the way, we decide to leave the bikes at home and set out for a walk over the top of the hills. Our steep climb was rewarded with some memorable treats, firstly the sculpture garden, then the little corroded coin (washed out by recent rains, could it be Roman?) and the icing on the cake, the lookout tower.


The sculpture garden on the way up reminded us of Gormley's statues but without the fuss.

With views of around 40km, we picked out our future destinations and headed on up toward Valdstejn, a fantastic part-ruined and part-new castle and chateaux. This is probably the closest castle to where we live, (about 3 miles away) so we visit it often, but each time we come they seem to uncover and open up a little more. This time we explored the sandstone cellars under the first courtyard and clambered over the old castle.

The cellars, carved from the softsandstone rock, were under the main courtyards and had great exhibitions on the creation of sandstone and local "rock towns".

With all the excitement, a quick lunch stop with some local refreshment and we were on our way, taking the yellow route through the rock towns and fissures. Timing for the train was always going to be critical, so with a quick shortcut through Sedmihorky, we stopped in for a cake takeaway to await our chariot.

( Elena was doing school work the next day and was discussing nouns and adjectives. I asked her to give me her favourite and least favourite things to describe. Favourite: Park. Least favourite: Walks! – Great! Also the coin was from 1947 – not quite Roman, but pretty good.)

The stairs down the castle into the billard room, perfect for a day of Cluedo.

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