Happened across this photo the other day and was surprised to see the great Jonathan Winters holding a six-pack of Gambrinus in his hands.
Just got back from Southern Moravia and am in the process of putting everyhing together in my head and on the net, but the one of the many standouts was this place in Albeř. Ok, Albeř is a really small town next to Nova Bystřice, just a 3 kilometer ride from the town square.
U Pelzu is husband-wife affair with a small staff, a large secondary room/salon, a small gallery and musical & cultural events taking place a couple of times per week. It is a real treat to come to this place and sit down after a day of riding and eating your typical Czech fare. The cook is constantly making things from scratch, true home-cooking, no additives or ingredients from a packet, bag or can. It’s all fresh. Menu items are dependant upon what is bought or found fresh; for example, while we were sitting down having a beer and talking, the husband said he had to leave to go forage for mushrooms (chanterelles) which then appeared in the next day’s soup. My son suddenly started drinking hot-chocolate every time we popped in because it was so obviously crafted and carefully made.
Care has been taken to keep the place from becoming commercialized, so you will see no advertisements for any comanies on the tables, windows etc. except for the occasional Svijany mug. If you are familiar with the Slavonice Gallery and workshop then you might get a sense of what this place is about. No two tables or soup bowls are alike. Everything is unique and original, colorful and clean.
The above photos show the apricot-blueberry-plum dumplings; the Rumador potatoe pancake; one of the soups; the main room; the outside garden; a beer in which the foam formed a heart shape and just one example of the wall-art.
Just submitted my Guide to Everytrail for review. If accepted that means I’ll continue with more on cycling Czech Canada and then the wine-producing areas & border region around Znojmo in southern Moravia. If it doesn’t work out, then we need to start looking at others for ways to publish handy, portable travel info. for cyclists. Motion X doesn’t fit my idea of a neat, clean way to share my bike trips, it looks great for workouts and personal training but little else. Maybe I need to give it another try, dunno.
Update: Part 1 has been approved.
My son and I liked this one so much we did it twice, but the second time following a slightly greener path and stopping at Heiliger Stein just over the border instead of continuing on to Retz.
Znojmo to Retz: nice ride, can be hilly, but still quite do-able.
You pretty much have two option for getting there, either take the bike paths (path 5000) or go the paved roads (the 413/35).
On the way to Retz, we took the paved road because it was easier. On the return we took the bike paths and sometimes just asked around, which worked quite well.
Getting in and out of the city of Znojmo can be tricky. Again you seem to have only two options, either the very steep paths just below the castle or the paved roads that take you through Novy Saldorf. These roads are easy to follow and like most of our rides down here, incredibly well marked.
Worth notice is the pub in Konice, the “Pub at the Top of the Hill”, a good place to stop regardless of which direction you are going.
Just after, in the hills near Popice is a nice old, church “Poutni Kaple P. Marie Bolestne” (renovated) and a pump with great water to re-fill your water-bottles just next to it.
… and right after, a great wine stand where you can stop and sample Znovin Znojmo alongside the “Old Vinyards”.