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Getting ready for August

Hradcany in the afternoon
August in Prague is almost always hot and humid.

Courtyard at Winebar Kosik in Zizkov--some quiet in a busy neighborhood

 It's the month that everyone who can gets out of town for at least a weekend.

Český Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage site

They go to their chatas (little cabins in the country), to historical castles that have been remodeled into hotels, to Austrian spas and the Italian Dolomite Mountains.

View of Dolomites from a cable car

Bad Hofgastein ("High Gastein Thermal Baths") in Austria, where we stayed in 2012

Chateau of Hrádek u Sušice (Hradek Zamek), where we'll stay in August for our family reunion

The chata at Mechenice we used to own


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