This morning I reluctantly left the Hotel Ennius in Klatovy, where I spent 2 nights nursing the onset of flu symptoms and a blistered foot. This hotel was awesome: only 15 Euro per night and the food served in the restaurant was some of the best I have ever tasted. I particularly liked the “chicken cooked like duck” dish which weighed in at just 80 CZK (about 2.5 Euros).
Yesterday I posted home my tent, Italian coffee cafeteria, and my hair clippers. In doing so I lost around 5kg of weight in my rucksack. I bought a lightweight pot with lid, to make tea and the occasional meal. Today my rucksack felt lighter, but still slightly too heavy.
The walk today was up and down steep hillsides. About 2 hours walk from Klatovy I stopped for elevenses on the top of one particularly strenuous hill climb.
Lots of signs on the way appealing to joe public not to throw away trash in the countryside. This sign reminds everyone to respect the countryside wildlife. This morning I followed the green sign out of Klatovy and towards Kdyne.
The numerous hunting towers which dot the landscape suggest a more sinister side to the fate of the dewey-eyed animals in the previous photo.
Leaving Klatovy county and entering the county of Domazlice.
The expulsion of an often local majority German population proceeding World War 2 and a keen interest by the communist government over 40 years of rule to limit population numbers around western European country borders means that today’s Czech Republic border with Germany and Austria tends to feel like the end of the world.
The signage from Klatovy began well, but the path signs gradually became very hit and miss. As a result I found myself walking up the side of this mountain, off the path and walking over difficult terrain. I must have used the “F” word at least 100 times as I sweated my way up to the top.
In the Czech Republic its considered lucky when the horseshoe is hung this way up because it is seen as keeping in the good luck. In the UK the opposite is considered lucky.
Coming down from my final mountain climb of the day I spotted this awesome view of the Sumava mountains stretching over into Germany in the distance.
I finally walked into Kdyne. I have walked by many beautiful places on my Camino so far. Unfortunately Kdyne isn’t one of them.
The view from my room window in the Pension Orel, Kdyne. The pension itself is pretty good and the owner friendly. Very good value for money. Tonight I will grab a good night’s sleep and tomorrow I will cross the border into Germany.