Today I learned a new definition for an old word - "folly." It is an architectural feature constructed on one 's property merely to enhance the view. Our hike today visited several of these on the former Liechtenstein property. They were built over a period of 300 years by the Liechtensteins and were designed by the most prominent architects of the time.
We started our hike by walking up to "Colonnade," an arch built in the classical style in 1820 on Rajsna Hill.
We walked into the village and passed the homes. They are currently celebrating "harvest" and are decorating pumpkins. Our other guide, Lucy, said that growing, eating and decorating pumpkins is a new thing, maybe only 10 years or so. I was impressed with some of the artistic decorations for newbies.
Instead, we went to the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic located in the basement of the castle. It was like going into a cave, complete with cool temperature and moisture everywhere. They have been using this cellar for wine making for 600 years. We were treated to a discussion of winemaking and samples of at least 6 wines. We are in Moravia and it is known as the "wine capital" of the Czech Republic. This is the largest winery with 2200 acres of vineyards; and it produces 4 million bottles a year. One-third of their business is red wine and 2/3 is white. The Czechs do not export their wine - they drink it and have to import 30% more .
After the winery we walked to the wall of an old cemetery where our bus driver Radick (sp?) had sent up cold cuts and vegetables and put out stools for us for a picnic lunch. Quite lovely.
Then we continued our walk on the estate (now owned by the state).
We came upon another "folly," the Rendezvous, which resembles a triumphal arch.
Later we came to a chapel dedicated to St. Hubert, the patron saint of hunters,
We returned to the hotel in time to attend a little wine festival down the street. I went for a short time, had no wine because I wasn't sure what I was ordering, but did enjoy the folk shows.