Opulent Olomouc

Trip Start Apr 06, 2012
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Trip End Jun 11, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Friday, May 18, 2012

Olomouc is pronounced Olomutz and has an amazing history dating back to the original Roman Military around 166AD. The most notable historical sites are the St Wenceslas Cathedral dated 1107 in the compound of the Olomouc Castle, the astronical clock and the Holy Trinity Column in the centre square dated approx 1750 which is a UNESCO world heritage listed site.

We only stayed one night in Olomouc so it was a quick visit.  When we arrived it was around 4pm so we went for a walk into the city square to see the astronomical clock and Holy Trinity Column. We went for a walk around the side streets and checked out the cafes and shops.  There were these one foot square open windows that were actually little deli like shops selling coke and sweets and cigarettes. It seemed like a relic of the communist era when they probably used their food stamps at these windows for their allowance of vegetables etc.

We stopped at the open air restaurant in the centre of the square and had a beer (what else) and some pizza.  It was actually getting quite cold and breezy by now, around 6.30pm but most of the open air cafe's etc have blankets for you to use.  The boys quickly grabbed one each and wrapped themselves up while eating their pizza.  I even had a gin and tonic, my first since being away and it tasted so good.

When we woke early the next morning we had tomato, cucumber, sliced ham and turkey, bread, cheese, tea, yoghurt and orange juice ready for us for breakfast. Then it was off to the St Wenceslas Cathedral.  The tallest spire is 100m and is the second tallest in Czech Republic, after Sainta Barbara in Kutna Hora. However, the inside of the cathedral was breathtaking.  It was so ornate, with such beautiful side chapels, three huge organs in varying sizes and cabinets full of relics from the canonizing of various bishops over the hundreds of years.  Olomouc was originally the centre of Moravia and was the Czech captial hundreds of years ago.  Czech Replublic is split into three separate areas of Bohemia, Moravia and Slazia which are still recognised today.

Next to the cathedral there was the Olomouc Museum so we thought we would go and have a look.  We were glad we did.  It was one of the best museums we had been in.  It had recently been renovated and they had skillfully combined the old underground foundations they had uncovered from 6 thousand years ago with modern polished concrete viewing platforms and audio tour trails.  The arts and artifacts they had in the museum were staggeringly old and some of the paintings so beautiful and well looked after.  It was not the largest museum but certainly the most interesting and least busy, mainly due to Olomouc being off the beaten track so to speak.
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Mother/DD/Gran on

Well, that is a little treasure of a find - off the beaten track no doubt where weary travellers stumble onto, as I have never heart of it but then again I had not heard of CK either until my gynocloogist recommended going there. those little surprises make the holiday or interesting and enjoyable.

BEt the obys are not getting too much homework done - would be too tired at the end of the day, taking in all that history and stimulation. Ah, well, they are smart - they will catch up and taht sort of education is of equal value.

ENJOY, TAKE CARE and DO GOOD! LOVE and HUGGS

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