sat august 8 maria and i explored the bike path from prague 1, hugging the river, past old town and the karlin district (where robin and lucie live). just off the river in karlin was this bathtub art
found our way past karlin on the A2 bike path, too early to stop at this inviting looking pub
we eventually arrived at the Zámek Troja, a baroque palace located in troja, prague's northwest district in prague 7. it was built for the counts of sternberg from 1679 to 1691.
arriving, we found the wine festival we thought was happening (but had a hard time verifying beforehand). after paying the entrance fee, we weaved our way through the peter greenaway maze of paths
to arrive at the chateau itself, strangely empty (we entered on the non-party side)
our first instinct was to buy a liter of burčák, still fermenting wine that is a hallmark of the wine harvest. lower in alcohol, sweeter than finished wine, it represents the party drink of wine festivals. under czech law, it may only be sold from august 1 to november 30 each year (which might be a good thing). but it's fun and what you do at these things.
after drinking most of burčák (donating the remainder to two young women) and sampling some finished white wines, we took our bikes to the river, crossing on a ferry ( a free ride with your metro card).