AH, hello again and here we head to Brno.
Brno is the historic capital of Moravia. A college town with a nice big square and home to Gregor Mendel's genetic pea experiments. Good duck and pork at Spalicek with the special ch for the c. Be prepared for large helpings. So don't order, I am so hungry, I want an extra side order. Being a college town it has life. This is a city that serves the Moravian specialty of Topinka. That is a heavy rye bread fried in goose fat served with cloves of garlic to be sanded into the toast. That and a glass of Velkypopovicky Kozel Cerny (cerne or cerny if you recall is black or dark, this is a delicious dark beer) and you are living the Czech peasant dream. Many things to see in Brno and a nice place to stroll around after dark, which in winter comes soon.
Remember youshould stay a day or more if you can in each of these places and the drive from one to the next should not be a direct drive. Moravia is beautiful. The back roads rise and fall and twist and turn. Fruit trees line many of these back roads.
50 miles to the north east is Olomouc, the old capital of Moravia so once again it had wealth and it shows in the buildings. And it is a college town so there is a nice young vibe. Brno has been gentrified and cleaned up. Olomouc is a step behind which makes it particularly wonderful. Walk around the city walls' exterior. eat at the Long Story Short or at the Restaurance Golias. The S has the soft symbol so Goliash. Good fish and Moravian specialties but not Topinka, too peasanty. Oh and the And Cafe Mahler for kava and dort (cake).
55 mile NW, heading back toward Prague but not too fast. Litomysl. Here is a town with another bow tie square.
60 miles which will take a minimum of 95 minutes. Is Pernstejn castle (yes, the s has the soft mark). This is more like a castle castle. Take the bus up to the top of the hill. It is a climbers walk other wise. really no good place to stay here but you are headed on.
And 20 miles from here go to a lovely real town (city) of Nove Mesto na Morave (new is Nove, Mesto is town, so this is the new town of Moravia) Not that new. Stay at the Pansky Dum. And apartment there will set you back $55 per night. Yes, an apartment. The Velkopopvicky company runs a chain of restaurants, Kozlovna, and if you are getting tired of pork try the K Club pretty much across from the Pansky Dum. There are "3" squares to this little beauty. All strung along the same street.
Another 1.5 hour to 2 hour drive if done directly is Kutna Hora. Look it up. If you saw the bone house in Brno and thought that was something, then Kutna Hora is for you. Don't ignore Saint Barbara's church. A very unique exterior.
And that takes you back to Prague.
And watch to see is Mucha's master pieces The Slav Epic is showing anywhere. These 20 paintings are so large that finding venue is nearly impossible. A couple of years ago they were split about 50/50 between Brno and Prague. A must see if exhibited. Plus it will be inside. Brrr.