Oh, would you look at all that blue sky?
It’s a little bit dull to talk about the weather, of course, but as I write this post, I’m wearing a scarf.
A big, long, bobbly scarf that goes right down to my toes and was made for the iciest of Winters, not for the iciest of Springs.
So the only way to really keep warm is to think about all those lovely day trips you can have once the final slab of black ice cheekily slips from the rooftop above your head and smashes onto the pavement next to you.
That’s when I’ll be packing picnics for:
Marianske Lazne, Czech Republic
To sweep through pavilions in a crinoline, sip tea in a colonnade cafe and catch the Singing Fountain on a summer’s breeze in the Czech Republic’s great spa town beauty.
Cesky Raj, Czech Republic
To go up and down those tricky looking ladders, wander past folksy looking cottages and for a slice of official Czech Paradise.
Karlstein Castle, Czech Republic
To imagine being a princess locked in that fairytale looking tower, keeping eyes peeled for witches hidden in the beautiful forest cloaking one of the Czech’s most popular castles (and they’ve got plenty.)
Telc, Czech Republic
Telc is actually the setting of the blue skied photograph above. It also came with a cruel wind in December. Lots of little cafes and vinoteckas on the fairest town square of all that need to be lounged in with a balmier breeze.
For tea and cake and horse drawn carriage rides to a Mozart soundtrack, in the city where all the world’s a stage.
A January visit to the Slovakian capital didn’t really cut it for the cafe culture that’s said to bustle on the Old Town’s cobbles. It only comes a big slice of sunshine so it’s time to do it properly.
Now because this is a wish list, Central Station hasn’t visited all of these spots yet. Is there somewhere that’s just meant for sunny afternoons, flasks of tea and cheese sandwiches that should be on there too?