It was the last Saturday in August and there was a festival going on in town.It was limited to Krajionska Street, though, and I do not know its background.
One side of the street has been covered in rolled sod to create a lawn. There they had food and drink, play activities for children, artisitics and cabaret and similar entertainment. There were also some stalls selling packed local specialities, fashion jewellery and such. A local radio station had occupied the part of the street closest to the main square playing noisy pop music of the most terrible kind - that part was more or less empty...
Krajinska street had been decorated with colourful ornaments that looked like flowers from a distance. They were put up on cables high up in the air and dancing in the wind. A closer look revealed that they have been made from pieces of PET bottles in different colours.
Fancy idea, although the German in me immediately states that they have no deposit system for these bottles in the Czech Republic...
Was Mary Poppins from Ceské Budejovice? Walking along Krajinska street made me wonder whether we find the answer about her origins here.
Up in the air there were life-size figures of people clinging to flying umbrellas: grey men and women in everyday dress as if they were on their way to work and now taken away to the skies. I cannot tell about their significance, and I have no idea if these figures are there all the time or if they had just been put up for the town festival which was going on that weekend, though. Check when you are there...
Every Saturday morning a small farmers market is held in Piaristské námesty by the Dominican/Piarist church. The merchants mostly seem to be small producers, although you will also see some imported fruit. From the size of the stalls and amount of goods I assume that some of them aren't even farmers but sell fruit and vegetables from their own gardens. Many locals come here to buy their greens for the weekend. Everything looked so fresh and tasty. Prices appeared cheap to me but I did not compare in detail.
If you intend to shop there, go in the morning. The market terminates early, by noon everyone and everything is gone.
I'm not exactly a beer expert, in fact I rarely drink the stuff, so this is just what I've read. Budvar beer, who's original German name was Budweiser, apparently bears no resemblence to the beer sold under the Budweiser label in the US, the American version said to be far inferior to the Czech brand. Tthey are linked, well sort of, German brewer Adolphus Busch adopted the name for his beer when he moved to the US thinking German beers sold better. That predated when the Czech brewers started brewing their version of Budweiser by 6 years, the Czechs and American brewers came to an agreement that the Czechs could call theirs the "original Budweiser" and the Americans could still use the name except for in Europe. The Rough Guide says that you can buy Budvar beer in the US, it's bottled under the name Czechvar. You can try Budvar at restaurants in Ceske Budejovice, the 1st place served Pilsner Urquell but Pavlac served Budvar.
The founder of Budweiser is the Czech Ministry of Agriculture. Today the brewery owns 380 valuable rights in over 100 countries in the form of trademarks like the American Budweiser which does not taste as good as the original from the Czech Republic.
I took this view of the city, from the top of the Black Tower, with one of those throw away panoramic camaras. Just a great view of this wonderful town.