day trip to karlstejn

I know that this trip took place over 3 months ago. I know that I have been really really¬†sparse in updating the blog. I know that there are only 3 people that read this anymore (Hi mom!)…but still. This trip was amazing and we had a wonderful time and I don’t want the pictures to get buried on my external hard drive never to be found again. So there.

Our second day in The Czech Republic we took Georgia’s advice and got out of the city. I am SO glad we did. We took a train to a little town about 30 minutes away. I love trains. As far as travel goes, I am pretty sure trains are my favorite way to get around. You see so much of the landscape and it is just so relaxed (Unless, of course, you accidentally put your luggage in the wrong area and security is sure it is an explosive device and tries to stop the train, confiscate and implode your bag…but that’s a story for another time).

Oh, and I should mention that Drew had the camera most of this day. He is really wanting to learn more about photography so I loosened my death grip on “child #4” ¬†and let him do most of the shooting for the day. It was fun (and extremely hard) to just take in the sites and not worry about the photos. And it is nice to be in some pictures on a vactaion for once. :)

When we arrived in Karlstejn (Karl-stein) We stopped at a fun little inn for some coffee. Apparently a classic car club decided to stop for coffee too, and it was fun to see all the cars!

And the little town was just adorable.

The road winded up to a castle built by King Charles IV of Bohemia. We hiked up the hill to the castle and even did the tour. I usually don’t like guided tours, but it was the only way to see inside the castle and it was actually really interesting; one of the best I have bee on! Of course, no photography allowed on the tour, but here it is from the outside:

On our way down the hill, we stopped again for a little roadside lunch. Can I just say, I love Czech food. Lots of brats and cheese and rye and kolaches. I definitely felt in touch with my Ludwig roots!

It is usually rainy in the summer in Prague, but we went during a drought and heatwave so there was no rain in the forecast. Most people see this as a bonus, but I was super bummed. But then, the afternoon clouds rolled in and we got a wonderful little shower and cloud cover. So good for my heart.

Then we hopped the train back to town…

And finished the evening and the trip at the Cafe Louvre (another tip from Georgia). It was the perfect ending to a wonderful birthday celebration. And I am still dreaming about the hot cocoa.

So that’s that. Next up is a summer recap. I have a goal to have the blog *gasp* updated in the next two weeks. :)

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8 Responses to day trip to karlstejn

  1. Brittany says:

    I check your blog ALL THE TIME, just so you know :) I love reading about y’all’s fun adventures! Hope all is well. Miss you a lot.

  2. Jill Crider says:

    Jordan, I always check your blog….you can count me as a reader. The photos are wonderful. Ken and I were in Czech Republic three years ago and loved it. Prague is one of our top favorite cities. We were totally surprised and charmed by it.

  3. Georgia says:

    Only three?! Well, your mom, Jacob and I just love updates! this was a great post! (I am of course biased!). Adorable last picture of you. :) I’m glad the trip out of town turned out well. I would have felt awful if it had been a bust!

  4. Raquel Lima says:

    Hey, I didn’t know you have a blog. I’ll check it always now… The pictures are beautiful, it seems The Czech Republic is a wonderful place. I’m glad you had a good time there, you deserve all the best…
    P.S. I wanna see more pictures… :-)

  5. Leslie says:

    These are beautiful pictures- way to go Drew! Now my heart is longing for Europe!

  6. Carla Ludwig says:

    I, for one, really do read this blog. It is through your pictures that I see what your life holds. Thanks for taking time to update it!!!

    I am so glad that you got to go to Prague…I know that you really wanted to travel there.

    I love you!

  7. kirstin says:

    I love your blog and still check it regularly.
    I also love all of these pics with you in them!!! SO FUN, Jordi!

  8. Sara Griffin says:

    I’m also on Team Remke and stalk your blog nearly daily to see any updates…

    But I’m also horrible about updating my own…

    So I totally understand.

    But YAY for updates!! :)

    In other news, you and Drew have totally inspired me to loosen the reins on my own “Child #4” on our upcoming getaway to Boston. Ryan tells me often that he’d take more pictures with it if he knew how… little does he know he’s about to get a crash course! Thanks for the idea!

    Love you guys. Team Remke, all the way.