The hills in the south east of Czech Republic are definitely place with one of the most beautiful sceneries in the country. Palava Protected Landscape Area is located in the very heart of the wine region, so one is surrounded by wine yards (and also wine cellars) all around. I used to hike there with my parents every year on the Easter Monday. This year everything is slightly different – both the timing and the company. It was my Austrian friend Sonja, who said: Let’s go to Palava.
I was worried what happens with our friendship when I leave for such a long time to Taiwan. But in fact, Sonja encouraged me to go and ever ever complained about me not being with her in person even in the hard moments. Actually, I would say that few big things changed in her life recently. Still, when I met her at the airport after my arrival, I knew it is the same person, he old good Sonja – always kind, always with the smile on her face. Later, when she decided to visit me for the weekend, Palava was something missing on her Czech traveling list. So we decided to fill that gap.
My father – as a person fluent in German and keen on all other German speakers – was already looking forward for Sonja’s visit every time since I mentioned it. He even offered to be our driver and guide through the Palava. First, we hiked to the highest mountain called Devin. Although it’s top it is only 549 above sea level, it took us some effort to reach the ruins of the castle (by us I mean Sonja and myself because my father was faster than us – how embarrassing).
After enjoying the panorama we continued hiking towards cliff called Souteska. Actually, we made 11 kilometers round. When returning to nearby village where to car was parked, we witnessed the celebration taking place in many Moravian villages. It is called “hody” and local girls and boys are dressed into folk costumes. After the hike my father invited us for coffee and cake (in German called more nicely “Kafee und Kuchen” in really nice café house in Klentnice, other from smaller villages around Palava. After another small hike to the mountain above Klentnice to other ruin of Orphan Castle, the trip was over and we drove back. So: see you soon, Sonja!