Pretty in pink

By David Hill In Travel

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11th September, 2010
I've never seen a place of such persistent prettiness as Ceský Krumlov. The town of 14,000 people (and up to 5000 tourists daily) in Southern Bohemia is a cram of cobbled alleys, pastel facades, orange-tiled roofs, walls painted with trompe-l'oeil masks/portraits/niches. It's also a Unesco World Heritage Site, with 300 protected buildings in the Centrum alone. You almost need a permit to move a pot plant. Nestled (you have to use that verb, if only for the chocolate-box associations) beside a curve of Smetana's Vltava River, Ceský Krumlov - the name means "crooked meadow" ...

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