Carp Capital of the Czech Republic
Favorite thing: Carp is the traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic and 90% of the carps that are eaten on that holiday originate from the ponds around Trebon. Since the 16th century when the first artificial ponds were built, fish breeding and fish trade have been an important branch of Trebon's economy. In time for Christmas the water is lowered and the fish are caught with nets, then sold all over the country. Their last residence will then be someone's bathtub, until they end up in the cooking pot. The carp is the town's symbol and appears everywhere, from their advertising to figures on buildings to fish souvenirs.
Fondest memory: The ponds are perfect for fish breeding. Unless, however, there is an unwanted tenant in them. For a couple of years people were wondering why, despite they had inserted countless young carps, they caught hardly any grown fish from the big pond by the town. The reason became clear when finally a giant catfish was found. The town gave him sort of a state funeral, and since then the fishing business has once more ben thriving.
The Square and Plague Column
Favorite thing: Every southern Czech town had a beautiful square and a plague column. But only in Telc and in Trebon were the two married in an exquisite setting. For this photo, it didn't hurt that the storm clouds were advancing on the town in an ominous manner.
Trebon is typical of the charming towns of southern Bohemia and southern Moravia. The important buildings have been lovingly restored. There is always a castle or chateau to explore. And of course, when your feet are too weary to move another meter--there are plenty of cafes and pubs serving that good strong Czech beer.
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