And that’s just what they’ll do, and one of these days, these boots are gonna……walk all over Pardubice. Went for a wee photo walk the other day while the snow was still fresh and the temperature still well below zero. It’s a balmy four degrees today and all the snow has melted away, except for a save chunks here and there that were shoveled up outside business premises. My first port of call was the local lake which was almost completely frozen over, save for swan corner. I had hoped to find people skating on the frozen lake but alas not on this trip.
From the park I made my way around the side of the CEZ arena and the sprawling sports complex it encompasses, including a hotel, soccer pitch and tennis facilities.
The path continued along parallel to the Elbe river which flows through the town. At the western edge of town its flow is interrupted by a hydroelectric power station. There’s a cycle path running over it connecting the two sides of the river and a lock to let small boats through.
I continued my stroll down past the old square and further East towards the automatic mills, which have been on this site in one form or another since the late 16th Century. There’s a number of quaint little houses in this area, and lots of little hidden details. I had completely walked past the boat while crossing the iron bridge to the mills, before I realised it couldn’t have been a boat, it was on land. Sure enough when I turned back to investigate, it was a boat alright, but now it lies up out of the river and serves as a restaurant, although it seems to be closed for the Winter period.
I returned home via the old square as the sun was starting to set. It always pays to revisit places as you’ll see something new every time, a carving you didn’t see before or a huge piece of tile work on the footpath that you’ve walked over half a dozen times but never thought to look down at your feet. If there’s one thing I always forget to do when exploring a new area, it’s looking in every direction and not just the obvious. You’ll be surprised by the things you notice.
EDIT: A more detailed and historically accurate description of Pardubice and it’s crests and motifs has very kindly been given by a commenter. You can read more about the town here. Thanks to jaryba for this information.