Zdenka, after yelling at me to hurry up and come down, then proceeded to stop and take pictures like this one ^O^, so come ON girl before they close the gate, always running fast to hurry up and wait... But never fear, Boris and I will come back to pick you up tomorrow, hope the pickles that Tal has in her bag are enough food till then.....
Fondest memory: Boris is standing in front of the drop gate. It had a mechanism that if you hit a lever it would immediately release it to fall. This was a safety feature to seal the gate in time of attack.
Okay, let the kids out to play, on the "porch" here at Trakoscan you can see that Zdenka, Tal, Zohara and Boris have plenty of room. Zdenka is yelling at me "Come on Martin, the place is closing and they are going to lock us in"....as if they would want to keep us, Ha.
Fondest memory: You can see the different types of flagstone paving, some small some large, I wonder if there was another wall that seperated those two areas we can see. This porch or promenade wove its way around more than half the castle and gave some fantastic views of the surrounding valley, forest and lake.
Thanks to Zdenka I can see myself on the stairs of Trakoscan, all the time I was taking the pictures, I keep forgetting that I am never IN the pictures..
Fondest memory: Many portraits are spread around the castle and many are of teh Draskovic family. There are also portraits of Army Officers from the period of the Seven-Year war.
You have to pay close attention to details, here Boris spotted this very beautifully cast bronze door knocker. We watched several people swirl past this without giving it even a single glance.
Fondest memory: There is also a display of arms, some dating from the 15th century all the way up to the 19th.
Another part of the castle that can be seen from the approach walk is the "rook" or tower. Many parts of the exterior have been very well restored, but the same does not happen on the inside. Zdenka told me that money for the restoration is in short supply and they are always trying to "keep up" with continuing decay of the old art works.
Fondest memory: The Draskovic family was granted the estate by the King and it stayed in the family till world war two. The house was partially abandoned during the 18th century, but some restoration of the castle was done in the 19th century and was lived in at that time.
When we walked up toward the castle you approach it on a angled and slighly winding path, each step brings you different sights of the castle.
The castle was built in the 13th century and was originally just a small fortress. It was occupied by the Celjski family for a time and then passed on to numerous other people before it landed in the hands of Ivan Gyulay who held it till 1566 when it was taken over by the Royal Treasury.
Favorite thing: Tal found her a nice spot in the sun on the veranda, overlooking the manmade lake in the small forest glade below. All the bulastrade was carved and very well preserved.