Travel adventures - Český Šternberk

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Taste and travel @delishtreatsJanuary 2019 · 6 min read

As you might know already, I visited Czech Republic on my last trip of 2018. Last month I showed you around Český Krumlov and today I'm going to take you to Český Šternberk with me.

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You can get to Český Šternberk from Prague in about 45 minutes by car. It's a small village on the river Sazava. The village itself is not that interesting and we came here to visit a castle overlooking Český Šternberk.

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After you park your car you will have to walk up the hill for about 5 - 10 minutes. The castle is open to public but in the winter months you may need to call them in advance to arrange the excursion. You can't visit the castle without a tour guide. Are you wondering why?

Český Šternberk castle is a private property and the owner with his wife live on one floor of the castle. Tourists are not allowed to wander around the castle without the tour guide to protect their privacy. That part of the castle is obviously not accessible.

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When you get to the top of the hill, follow the signs to the ticket office. There you will pay for your purchased tickets. A tour in English is 180 CZK per person (about 6.70 USD). You might wait for a few minutes to get all people together before the start of your tour.

We were lucky as we had the tour guide just for ourselves (2 people) 😊

I have to say that this is very special as around 100000 tourists visit the castle every year 😊

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Let's start the tour!

The castle was built by the Zdeslav of Divišov in the 13th century. At that time there were many German settlers in the region, and he took the name Sternberg from the German word for star (stern) and hill (berg). The eight-pointed star is still the Sternberg symbol today.

The heraldic symbol was also accompanied by a family motto. "The star that never falls down".

The Sternberg family became one of the oldest aristocratic families in Czech Republic. They have been in the possession of the castle from its very beginning.

The castle was reconstructed in the 15th and 16th century. Jiří Sternberg and his mother Carolina also restored the castle at great expense at the beginning of the 20th Century.

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When the castle was taken over by the Communists in 1949, Jiří Sternberg became a castellan and a tour guide and he was allowed to still live in the castle with his family. The owner of the castle was suddenly occupying only two rooms with his whole family. But he didn't leave the castle. He stayed there and made sure that all artifacts remained untouched.

After the restitution, the castle was returned back to the family and his son Zdeněk returned from Vienna to take care of it.

The current owner Zdeněk Sternberg is the second eldest son of the nine children. He is 96 years old and he is a descendant in the 20th generation of the founder.

He and his wife have a separate entrance to the castle and live in the part of the castle that used to be for guests. The floor of the castle where the family lived before serves now as a museum.

This is the part of the castle that is private..

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The tour starts one floor above the private part.

There is no central heating in this part of the castle so it's very cold. I think it was even colder than outside. Our tour guide mentioned that it's quite cold in summer as well, so make sure to dress properly.

During our tour we will visit 15 rooms furnished in various historical periods. We will go through The Knight's Hall, The Dining Room, The Yellow Salon, The Ladies’ Lounge, The Chapel, The Library, and a few more.


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The Knight's Hall is the most impressive room in the castle. It dates back to the 15th century. The high walls and ceiling of the room are decorated with beautiful stucco adornments.

There is so much to see in this room that you have to walk around a few times to notice various details...

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All room is decorated with coats of arms related to the family and there are portraits of the family members hanging on the walls..

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This wooden box is the oldest artifact in the castle..

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From The Knight's Hall we enter a room with a portrait of Carolina of Sternberg - grandmother of Zdeněk Sternberg.

She is known for hiding her 'silver treasure' (jewelry, cutlery, decoration, etc), so that it wouldn't be stolen during the communism. The treasure was found after returning the castle back to the family in 1989. You can see her treasure in the castle. It is in a glass vitrine that reflects the light so I was not able to take a picture and you'll have to come yourself if you want to see it 😊

On the other side of the room is a beautiful small lounge from the 17th century.

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The next room is The Ladies' Lounge. The room is furnished with the 18th century Rococo floral furniture.

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The chairs do not have armrests because the women sitting in them during that period wore big and wide dresses. I've seen so many chairs from this period but never realized that they don't have armrests. It is such a practical solution! Otherwise it would probably be very uncomfortable..

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From the ladies' lounge we enter The Library. This room holds more than 2500 books. Most books are from the 19th century but there are some of them dating back to 17th and 18th century as well..

I have always dreamed about having such library at home 😊

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The Dining Room is the second largest room in the castle. This room is dominated by a large table with 12 chairs. In case there were more quests a few chairs could be added. The room is equipped with precious silverware..

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The last room that I will show you today is the one with the Sternberg family tree. Zdeněk Sternberg has only one son Filip who lives with his daughter in Vienna. They visit the castle a couple of times every year.

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The tour takes approximately one hour. After that you can go to the village and support the castle by getting a meal in their hotel nearby 😊

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Thank you for reading,
Cheers,
Martina

PS: All photos are taken with my Samsung Galaxy S7 as my old camera broke during this trip.

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Wow, I've missed your posts... I love this stuff... You always do a fantastic job of telling the story and showing us too... You have a wonderful set of experiences and I know you treasure them too! So keep it up and have a wonderful day Martina!


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Thank you for your kind words Dave! I do treasure the experiences that I have as nowadays I spend most of my days sitting behind the computer and working on my business plan so no time to travel. I hope that I will be able to make at least a few trips this year :)

Have an amazing day Dave!


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Truly amazing place and that it has been in the family for 20 generations is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing the adventure with us.


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I was also surprised that the family owned the castle all the time.. I haven't been to such place before..

Thank you for stopping by! :)


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What a beautiful property. I love visiting old houses like this, though I always feel a little sad when I think about how they were once used and full of life. A village and it's people would earn their living from working at it and it would be a part of the community and the house would be humming with activity and most likely warmer with fires in many of the rooms.

Such a beautiful property @delishtreats and a fun place to go.


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Actually this one is almost like the 'ideal' one that you described. The owner still live there and people from the village do work there. There is also a hotel and a production company that belongs to the owner of the castle and he employs people from the village only :)

There is not much work in the region and this is his way to help people to live better lives. I've talked to the tour guide and she said that it's a great co-operation.

The only thing that is missing is the fire :) But this is a rich family and they had to show it off so they installed central heating at the beginning of the 20th century. They don't heat the whole castle as it's too expensive though...

Thank you for stopping by and for your thoughtful comment!


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Jonboy @jantonJanuary 2019

Howdy delishtreats! Amazing and beautiful and it's remarkable that the castle has been in the same family's ownership since it was built! Have you ever heard of that before? I loved the tour, great job!


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Hey cowboy!! It's so nice to hear from you! I don't have so much time nowadays to go online but I'm always happy to see your comments :)

No, no, I've never heard of that before.. how cool is that? 20 generations! I hope that it will continue like this and that his son will come from Vienna to take care of the castle when it's the right time.

Thank you for stopping by John!


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Jonboy @jantonJanuary 2019

Howdy today delishtreats! You don't have much time to be online because you are setting up your business right? That is so exciting and a wondeful mission and priority. I would probably forget about steemit but then I can usually only handle one thing at a time and most women are multi-taskers and can handle several things at once!
Anyway I hope you have time to do some posts about it like when you find the right building.


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Exactly! There is just so much to do and I wish I had more time per day than I actually have :)

Hahaha, I am absolutely a multi-tasker :D However you can be a multi-tasker but the day still only has 24 hours, doesn't it?

I will be happy to do some posts about it :)


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

ha! howdy delishtreats! I can see you being the best business owner in Switzerland! lol. It's going to be brilliant. In a year's time you'll be looking for a second location.
Our internet provider was down for 2 days, what kind of internet service do you have there? Don't tell me it's fast and free! lol.


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Hahaha, now I have to find a first one though :D

No, no, we don't face such issues. I have a different provider for my internet at home and for my mobile phone. So if there is any issue with the home one, I just turn on the hotspot on my phone and I'm good to go. It doesn't happen often - maybe once in 2 months for an hour or so..

How can it be done for 2 days?


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Howdy delishtreats! I've heard that the United States is ridiculously far behind the rest of the world in internet services and technology. Why that would be I don't know but being in the country we have very few options. we are used to ours going offline often, for 30 minutes or a few hours..it's been one of my biggest problems in trying to do well in the League, plus my old computer stalls out and takes forever to load pages. lol

But anyway, our internet provider switched to a different type of signal which our receiver from them doesn't get, our old receiver is not compatible with their new signal. But they didn't tell us that. We are used to it going out so the first day we didn't think much about it. The second day we called and they sent out a technitian and he told us what was going on. But by the time he got a new system installed on the roof it had been almost 2 full days.
Your system sounds like a dream!


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What about getting a new provider? Or is that not possible?

Hahaha, I can't even imagine facing such issues in this century :D


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

howdy again delishtreats! yes we have searched a great deal trying to find a new provider. We are far enough out in the country that there are very few signal towers out here so even the major companies like AT & T doesn't have close enough towers. So far we've only found two companies that can get us service out here but I heard that technology is catching up so hopefully in a few years the situation will improve. It's a big open country with many areas still with few people living there so there has been no need for towers in some areas.
Our internet has been pitifully slow to at 10 mps! Almost everyone is at least running at 25 mps and some are advertising at 100mps. But going to one of your posts it takes 10 to 20 minutes to load the page because of all the photos! And sometimes it won't load at all!


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Seriously? Wow! I'm getting nervous when my post is loading for about 5 seconds, lol. Then I think that something is wrong :D It must be very annoying to spend so much time waiting. But well, another solution would be that you stop following my posts ;) That would definitely save you a lot of time :)

How much do you pay monthly for your internet service then? I wonder how much they ask if you face so many issues..


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

haha! stop following your posts! lol...you can't get rid of me that easy delishtreats! I just go do other things while it's loading but it IS a pain. we were paying almost $70 a month for very slow internet with a top speed of 10mps! lol. But our new plan is 25mps for ..not sure but I think it's $40 a month but I think that's just for one year and then it goes up in price. We have very few options because of our location, that's all. Technology will eventually catch up, I know you all are very superior in this area. this one tiny little niche! lol. well, that and vegan food restaurants, that might be kinda rare in Texas.


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That's also a solution - didn't think about doing something else while loading :) That sounds quite expensive so I hope that it will get better for you :)

Hahaha, it's good when it's rare because then people would even travel to get there as there wouldn't be any other option ;)

Don't you ever sleep? :D


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

howdy delishtreats! are you just getting up, is it early morning there? Well, I'm behind on where I wanted to be because I spent all evening watching the Super Bowl and another show after that...I usually don't spend 4 hours watching tv, in fact I never waste that much time! I know you don't either.
Our internet service is expensive? Why, what does yours cost? in dollars approximately? lol.
It's still early for me, I usually go to bed about 2:30 am!


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It's 8:30 AM here.. I do watch movies in the evening and when I have a lazy day I just spend it in front of TV without feeling guilty. It doesn't happen often but if it does then it's the way it was supposed to be and I'm not going to feel bad about it.. But I make sure to go to bed before 11 PM, then read and turn off the light around 12 PM as otherwise I wouldn't be able to wake up in the morning :)

Mine costs around 30 USD a month. I'm not sure about the speed but as I said before I have no issues :)

What time is it now there?


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

It's 1:43am here now, getting close to me closing up for the night. I have to take Jack out for the last time so he can go to the bathroom. lol. What happens if you just lay down, turn off the light and try to go to sleep, do you have to read first?
$30 is an amazing price for a fast internet service and yours has to be very fast!


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I'm a bad sleeper so it would take me ages to fall asleep. When I read, my eyes get tired so it's easier and faster for me :)

Do you go out so late in the night? Why don't you train him to go in the evening and in the morning? :)

Some things here are expensive, other things are cheap ;)


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Hey have you ever tried anything Herbal to help you get to sleep?

Yes I go out late with him at night to be sure the Coyotes aren't around. I haven't thought about training him when to go. He doesn't need to go often, he can last 6 to 8 hours before he has to go again so it isn't a problem to take him out. In the mornings we take him out to play anyway so he goes then and I take him out to play around 4pm and he goes then, then at 1 or 2 am. If we don't take him out to play and run around he goes crazy. lol. Plus it helps keep me in shape too.

Yeah some things are real expensive there like housing right? Rent for apartments and to buy a house is probably a small fortune?


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I have tried everything :) It's been like this all my life...

6 to 8 hours doesn't seem like a lot. I thought that they actually need to go just twice a day :) But I have never had a dog in my life so it's not my own experience :) But if he is very active he probably needs to get rid of that energy, doesn't he? :)

Yeah, there are many things expensive here but you get used to it. I learned not to complain about things that I can't do anything about :) You can rent cheaply but then your apartment probably doesn't look that nice and is not in a good location. But I assume it's everywhere like this :)


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Howdy delishtreats! wow you must be busy! so you've been a "bad sleeper" your whole life and nothing helps. But, your system now works doesn't it? I've been a bad sleeper my whole life too as far as not being able to sleep enough. I wake up after 5 hours, sometimes 5.5 or 6 and I'm exhausted but can't go back to sleep so I get up anyway.

If something happens and I'm forced to stay up driving or working or something for 20 hours or something, then I can maybe get 8 hours of sleep. Otherwise I'm just tired alot from not getting enough sleep. lol. It's fine though, no complaints here either.

As far as Jack, yeah I don't know how long they're supposed to be able to last between bathroom trips, lol...but he's got so much energy that he'll tear the place up unless we get him outside and run around. He helps keep me in shape so I'm grateful for that! he plays rough too, he'll knock you down if he catches you offguard. He only weighs about 75 pounds but man, he's solid muscle.

What are you working on this week? Anything to do with the new business? I haven't been to the curie comments for weeks, you still going over there?


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I wake up a few times during the night and I turn around a lot.. like all night.. my husband is joking that I'm like a carousel :D

But when I'm at home now, I take a nap from time to time if I feel really tired during the day so it helps. When I was going to the office it was horrible.. sometimes I couldn't keep my eyes open :D

Since I'm 50 kilos I guess he would knock me down anytime, lol :D

I've become sick yesterday so I'm trying to get better.. but I was working on the costing of breakfast.. hope to finish it by end of this week..

You're such a liar!! You haven't been to their comments and you are in their table anyway :) Cowboy, cowboy! GOT YOU! :)


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

howdy delishtreats! first of all I am going out of order and talking about your last point first because there is nothing in the world that makes me explode like being called a liar because if there is one thing that I am it is a truth teller and never a liar! lol, ok? I know you're probably just teasing but I wanted to make that clear. and I'm not upset or anything because it looks suspicious but I swear! lol.

Regarding curie, a few days ago I saw that I was mentioned by them in the comments and I thought.."what is that? I haven't been to the curie comments for weeks!" So I opened it up and saw that I was in 9th place I think it was, but that was just from doing my regular commenting to my regular posts that I visit. Just luck last week. Not lying, no, never. I answer to God for that, that is something I take very seriously.

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, and by the way, as much as you comment also it will probably happen to you sometime.

I toss and turn and thrash around in my sleep too, the bed is destroyed every morning! lol.
Jack could definitely knock you down! lol...although he's very gentle with ladies but when he gets playing he forgets to be gentle because he get very excited so he might accidently knock you down.

I hope you are feeling better today! I know in a regular restaurant breakfast is the most profitable but I have no idea in a vegan restaurant, is it the same costs as lunch time meals?


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Hahaha, what a story of not being a liar. But ok, to keep you calm and peaceful I DO believe you :D I didn't expect such a theater to be honest :D

I avoid playing with such big dogs as I'm afraid they will knock be down when they get very excited as then they forget being gentle as you said :)

Well, not really. I have slept for more than 2 hours today during the day and I can't say that I feel better..

Why would that be the most profitable? In Switzerland you try to make break even on food and you make profit on beverages. The direct expenses here are expensive so you have to make all your meals expensive just to break even.. so the meals are not very profitable at any time of the day.. until you run everything yourself which is not possible when you want to have a real restaurant. When you have a cafe and you don't cook then you might be able to do all by yourself..


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Howdy delishtreats! thanks for believing me, I feel very much relaxed now!

I'm sorry you aren't fully recoved yet but I bet you will be tomorrow.

The restaurant business is a crazy one isn't it? The people don't want to pay more than any other restaurant is charging even if it's better food. When you start getting a name for yourself and you get
busy then you could raise prices some right? The concept of trying to break even on food is a difficult one for me to comprehend! lol.
But I have confidence in you!


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Well, I'm not going to do it to make millions on that. It's more to spread the lifestyle in which I believe. Of course I need to pay bills but I don't need much to live :) And I'm sure it will eventually work and I hope to even open a second one in a few years :)

You first have to build your name and then I'll see.. I just need to figure the opening hours and number of employees as I can't decide what's the best. It's just so difficult.. I think that once I decide about this, all will be so much easier :)


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

howdy today delishtreats! Queen of all of Steemit! Hey so you will be the only restaurant of it's kind in your part of Switzerland? I'm not real clear on your location, is it a small city and you guys live outside the city?

It seems like a great learning experience would be to know people who run a similar style restaurant somewhere else that would not be in competition with you and to be able to visit them and hang out there studying the details of how they do things....that is, if they are successful!


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Yes, that's right. Check out Schaffhausen - it's a beautiful small town and capital city of the canton. We live in a small city next to Schaffhausen. You actually wouldn't even know if you're in our city or in Schaffhausen as it's more less connected.. :) Let's say that I live 2.5 km from the city center of Schaffhausen :) So when I go there I usually walk.. it's a nice walk along the Rhine river..

I would be happy if there would be competition here. I'm not afraid of that. I think that competition is healthy and needed for creativity and ideas :) Don't you think so? I'm thinking about visiting the owner of only vegetarian place here and agree with him if I could spend a few days with him kind of watching what he is doing (this is what I got advised). I'm not sure how he will react but I know him a bit so it should be fine. Maybe he would have different opinion about the competition :) will see..

As I said I would love to have competition but I wouldn't like if someone stole my ideas so I try not to talk about details right now :)


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Jonboy @jantonFebruary 2019

Wow delishtreats your location sound very very nice! To be able to walk into town along the Rhine sounds so amazing and I'm sure the sights are beautiful on the walk aren't they? That's wonderful.

About the competition, I don't know in that specific case but yes as a general rule it is very much the best situation to bring out the best in everyone I agree. It's the basis of a healthy economic policy, best for the consumers and the businesses.

That will be very interesting to see what the owner of that vegetarian place thinks about you observing his operation! Can't wait to see what he says.


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Loved seeing the landscape as you approached the castle Martina. If you were on foot and working your way through the willowy leafless trees and the thickets of undergrowth, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a bewitched forest and about to meet The Beast. But I can't see any red roses and a Beast's castle must be covered with climbing red roses ~ Or do I have my fairy tales all mixed up?

It's wonderful that a place like this had been restored and then not destroyed. And so wonderfully cared for now. Must have been quite a lifestyle shift for the Sternberg family. The motto is so poetic and powerful: The star that never falls down. Perhaps it has protected the castle.

Your presentation and photographs are as beautifully ordered and aesthetically pleasing as the castle itself. I've enjoyed looking at them all so much as I'm not likely to have the opportunity to go to Prague. I especially liked seeing the library and then the family tree. Such a lovely concept ~ Could be contemporary. ♥︎♥︎⚖️♥︎♥︎


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Hahaha, no, no, you don't :) It should be covered with climbing red roses but this is unfortunately another castle :)

They went through tough time but kept standing strong. It's a very remarkable family. And you are right, their motto might have protected the castle :)

Thank you sooo much for your kind words! And I hope that one day you would make it there. It's such an amazing city and you would love it to the bits.

I also enjoyed the library and the family tree the most. Libraries have always been my favorite. Just sitting there and looking at the books makes me feel relaxed. And I love reading!

Have a lovely weekend and I'm glad that you have stopped by ;)


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Just squeezed in before the end of the 7 days! What an awesome castle and love that library - 2,500 books, can't imagine reading that many! I guess they didn't have as many distractions like we do today back then! Thanks for taking us on the tour with you Martina! Take it easy, look forward to the next one :)


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Well done you!! :)

Me neither, but how cool would that be to have such library at home? You don't have to read them, just having them is nice :)

Thank you for stopping by :) I try to come online as much as I can but it's more and more difficult with other things that I have to do..


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Very well written article, Martina! Thanks for all these fabulous photos.
That's exactly the kind of castle I like to visit. Very well equipped, which gives us the sense of how life would be, back then. (Usually most castles I visited were empty and unappealing.)


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I also like to visit such castle. It's such a pity when those castles are empty. The space loses its spirit like this. But luckily there were not that many empty ones that I've visited :)

Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad that you liked my post!


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Thats a lovely castle!! Sometimes it is much better to go visit tourist attractions in the low season like you did and get the whole place to yourself.


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I agree.. even thought the weather was not good at all but at least we had the place for ourselves :)


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What an incredible history that castle has! What do the library like that the pure heaven? I have always wanted one too. I had never heard that about chairs and women's dresses before, but it makes absolutely perfect sense.


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Me too! Such library is a dream of mine! That smell of books.. I feel constantly relaxed :)

Me neither! But yes, it does make perfect sense! And every day is a school day :)


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Sorry about the camera but phone cameras are very high quality these days. Photos look great. I have always been attracted to library rooms with many wooden shelves all full of books like this one.


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Me too! Library room with wooden shelves are my favorite.. I would probably not read many of those books, but just sitting there for ages would be fulfilling enough for me :D

Thank you for stopping by!


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