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Czech versionEnglish Fairy tales

According to far back ancestry tales, a nice and lovely girl Kačenka (Katie) dwells and gently reigns over Orlické hory. Being as kindly and rightful as the highland nature self - supporting uprights and purseless, punishing loafers and dishonest fellows. At times, neighbouring upland monarch, Krakonoš, arrives for a visit. He likes the pretty Kačenka, and would like to carry her away to marry him. But she likes her mountains too much and would never leave off. No matter how gracious and delicate she may dismiss, Krakonoš feels deeply offended every time. Staring mad, he sets into action all destructives domineered over. Throwing thunder bolts and lightning strikes, he floods all creeks, brooks and rivers, commits windbreaks and damage round about woodlands, going back home to his northern mountain kingdom in a chafe. With time the offence passes away, the furies vanish. Feeling lonely and missing Kačenka, Krakonoš launch for woo again with the hope. Still and all, what if he finally would get it made?

 

Thereabouts a legend about princess Kačenka. However by another version, Kačenka is a good daughter of Krakonoš, and both her and her husband Rampušák living in good accords with Papa Krakonoš, so that he must get exited due to quite a different matters.

 

However, Rampušák (Icicle Man), bearded co-regent, appears as lately as in beginning sixties (i.e. 1960) together with a modern but already deep-rooted tradition. In the late March Rampušák rides down the hills to Deštné, skiing on an old fashioned ski with long curved spikes and a big stick, to say goodbye to the winter ski season. For more than 20 years this event becomes a regular entertainment.

 

INTERESTING PLACES

Anenský vrch

Bartošovice v O.h.

Bukačka

Czarne bagno

Černý důl

Čertův důl

Čihák

Deštné

Dobrošov

Hadinec

Hanička

Komáří vrch

Kunštátská kaple

Kunvald

Luisino Údolí

Neratov

Olešnice v O.h.

Orlice - Divoká, Tichá

Orlické Záhoří

Pastviny

Rokytnice v O.h.

Říčky

Sedloňov

Sedloňovský černý kříž

Suchý vrch

Šerlich

Šerlišský mlýn

Velká Deštná

Vrchmezí

Vrchní Orlice

Zdobnice

Zemská brána

Orlické hory - © 2001 - 2002, Roman Zakopal        translation: V. Mátlová

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