Karlstejn Castle: Medieval Protection

Prague owes so much to the strength and wealth of Charles IV, King of Bohemia, that we forget he ruled through-out central Europe for many years as Holy Roman Emperor.  He built Karlstejn (Karlstein) to protect both the crown jewels of the empire and his collection of holy relics.  This castle, only 30 km from Prague, managed to survive the many wars since and has had three major reconstructions.  So it is in remarkable good shape and well tells the story of Charles the Fourth.

No one tells the story of our visit better than star photo-journalist, Karin.  Click below to see her Album.
(It is in Google Photos so you may have to hunt to find the descriptions.)

Karlstejn Castle

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2017 Update:  OpinionsPost is defunct and the links obsolete.  I have been re-publishing my articles but it is a slow process.  Where I have new links I will insert them. If you see an article that you are interested in but can’t find, contact me and I will email you a copy 🙂 

I have not posted here for the last month because I have been writing for a new internet magazine, OpinionsPost.com     Self-described as “a multilingual newspaper based on the concept of citizen journalism. We are independent, impartial and honest.”

My latest piece for the magazine is my take on our recent trip to the Czech spa town Karlovy Vary and the large Russian influence we found there.  It is now republished here.


Our favourite Czech drink is made here and no where else because of the water.

Between Town And Spas

Transition between the Czech town centre and the Russian dominated spa region.

Elegant lobby of Grandhotel Putt

Money, money, money–so pleasant

Karlovy Vary monument to Karl Marx

a German philosopher who frequented the spas

mineral springs collonade

Ancient Greek elegance for strolling while taking the waters.








Other OpinionsPost articles that are more or less relevant are:

Should travel taxes affect your travel decisions? — with some tips for saving on taxes

Yes, you can live and work in paradise. Let your creative juices flow.

How inter-connected were ancient peoples?  Greek influence on China’s terracotta warriors.

Do you have the right stuff to live abroad? — Pros and cons of the expat lifestyle