Two Whirlwind Days

Trip Start May 15, 2007
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Trip End Jun 19, 2007


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Saturday, May 19, 2007

So a lot has happened in the past two days and I'm having trouble remembering it all!  Okay, so Friday morning we rolled out of bed after a fun night and dragged ourselves to this fun cheap authentic Czech restaurant that Chris suggested and had Goulosh (spelling?).  This is a traditional Czech meal of chunks of beef covered in a gravy sauce flavored with tomatoes, sausage and cream (I think?) with pieces of bread.  A great hearty meal.  Oh yeah, and by this time we had made friends with half of our dorm and we took the whole group!  It was the four of us (Meliea, Chris, Colin, and me) plus 2 Brazillians named Pedro y Pedro (yes, we called them Pete & Pete), 3 cool Canadians (Billi, Dave and Chris), one English girl (Becky) and Chris from Conneticut.  That's three Chrises.  We had fun with that!  So the whole group trekked around the town for a while and ended up in a beer garden in some beautiful weather where we chilled for an hour or so and then headed back.  After some much needed rest, the group split up.  Most of the group went out to a disco and had a blast, but Colin and I wandered the town and had a nice late dinner on the Old Towne Square. 
This morning we all slept in and then took a train to a church decorated with bones that we had all heard about.  Yeah, real human bones.  This chapel was founded in the 11th century and became famous when some famous crusader named Henry (weren't they all named Henry at that time?) spread some holy ashes there from Galgotha.  Then everybody and their mother wanted to be buried at this site and they spread the cemetery out to cover almost the entire hill/town.  It grew even further when the Plague hit and this cemetery was practically taking over.  After another hundred years or so, the town was growing and the excessive cemetery had to be cut back.  The monks shrunk the cemetery by digging up the old bones, but then had nowhere to put them, so they were just stacked outside of the old chapel.  A few monks decided to do something with them and started to stack them in designs inside the chapel, and in the 1860's or so, an artist came through and put them in their final artsy design.  The chapel has a chandelier incorporating every bone in human body and a detailed coat of arms.  It's kind of freaky, but fascinating at the same time.  The feeling of the whole thing is one of reverent awe and not as morbid as it sounds.  Enjoy the pics!  Until later,
Dani
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bmcraney
bmcraney on

Thanks for the pictures
The pictures are great! The view from the top must have been amazing. By the way Colin, please pass the camera to someone else every once in a while. I'd like to see you too. It's wonderful that we're able to take this trip with all of you. Thanks for taking the time to write. Mom

auntrae
auntrae on

My sentiments exactly...
Please we would love to see pictures of you both. Thanks for taking us with you on your journey.

anniebannanie
anniebannanie on

The thigh bones connected to the hip bone...
It sounds like you guys are really having fun, but I would love to see pictures of the both of you. Why would someone want to touch dead peoples bones, I don't know. Miss you.
Love,
Annie

jmcraney
jmcraney on

The Church of Bones.
Hi CoolKids,

Really nice pictures of Prague. The ones from the the Church of Bones were very sobering. Colin, I believe that church was featured in 'The Long Way Round'. I liked the impromptu 'fishing trip'. Very ingenious.
Let us know how Athens is.
ILY Both :)
Jon McRaney

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