Kujavy – the lovely countryside

Resurfacing after the weekend festivities. Now back to, Let’s talk about travel… 


After leaving Poland we arrived in Bohumin, Czech Republic late afternoon and immediately there was a huge difference in terms of service. It was easy to find and understand train schedules, we were to take one in 15mins to Studenka. As we were waiting there was an announcement that it will be running few minutes late, this was communicated in Czech, Polish, Germany & English – Yay! a language we can finally understand.


We got to Studenka fast & with ease and our friends whom we were spending the weekend with were already at the station to fetch us. Beautiful landscapes as we drove along to the village Kujavy in the Novy Jicin district where they live. The mountains, hills, greenery and the way their beautiful big country homes are situated absolutely spectacular.

Beautiful landscape


It was nice to be finally in a home environment, where we could sleep comfortably, eat home cooked meals, be able to do our laundry and just rest. 


Czech is a small but rich and peaceful country, and people as such. Lifestyle is easy going but with an air of sophistication. People take pride in their homes and surroundings, the land is big and their gardens are full of fruit trees – plums being the most grown in this region.

Gorgeous region

We spent Saturday visiting the neighbouring small towns and admiring the forever beautiful buildings, tidy and quiet streets with intimate shops that didn’t seem to have too many customers. We ended up at the Valasske Muzeum Prirode where some cultural celebrations were taking place. Got to see the beautiful Czechs in their traditional outfits and they entertained us by music and dance, 

In traditional outfits

and being taken back in time by the display of items used in earlier years, e.g. furniture, machinery, etc. Below for example, is how the homes looked like in the olden days, the furniture was collected and set up exactly as it was in the original home.

Decor in a traditional home

Dark clouds gathered rather quickly and before long it was raining cats and dogs. We took cover in one of the stalls and it turned out to be a brandy / spirits tasting place. We tasted quite a few even though we already knew what we were going to buy in any case. These are made from various fruits like raspberry, plum, etc and they are pretty strong, 42% alcohol content. 


We decided to head home before we started walking and talking funny, to prepare a delicious Czech meal (roast pork served with sauerkraut and dumplings /steam bread – it’s got a name that I cannot remember nor spell for that matter). Afterwards, we settled down for a game of cards, and we were joined by other friends from the neighbourhood, who dropped by for a quick hello. It ended up being an all night affair – great games, great friends! 


For the rest of the weekend, it was sightseeing around the neighbouring towns Novy Jicin, Radnice & Strambeck…beautiful region!

Radnice Town Centre



11 Comments Add yours

  1. footsy2 says:

    It all looks so lovely and clean!

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Yeah! people look after their houses well there.

  2. 68ghia says:

    I’ve always loved old buildings – such history 😉

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      Hei J, lovely to see you:-). Yep, old buildings have so much history, I reckon if they could talk they would tell the joys, anguish, secrets, etc of the inhabitants.

  3. Ruth2Day says:

    I think you took cover at a pretty good place! 🙂

  4. optie says:

    What a great experience you had there. It’s always more relaxing staying in a home environment rather than a hotel. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      It was lovely, Optie. We always try as much not to stay in hotels if we can. Next instalment coming soon:-)

  5. adinparadise says:

    That pork meal sounds very warming and delicious. Lovely countryside there, and the old house is charming.

    1. cocoaupnorth says:

      What was also lovely was the steam bread served with meat dish. The bread is called Knedlíky and is exactly the same as we do in SA and in my native language is called uMkhupha. That was a lovely surprise:-)

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