Halloween!?

Trip Start May 16, 2012
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Trip End May 27, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, May 20, 2012

We were going to make this a day trip, but decided to spend the night in kutna hora and are SO glad we did. Hoofed it to the train station and took the hour ride to sedlec. I hadn't even had coffee yet and our compartment-mates were already on beer! Got off at the small station, stored our bags at left luggage and walked into town (for once, decent signage!). This was nothing like what I've seen before! The catacombs in Paris is one thing....but this was a church decorated in human bones! Chandeliers, garland etc. Creepy McCreeperton. Apparently it was the artistic handiwork of a local woodworker ~1870. I guess a good option since the bones were just sitting around anyway.....;) we paid for a visit to 18th century Church of the Assumption of our Lady, but didn't get to see it as a service was going on when we stopped by.
Back at the station we called the 'tourist minibus' only cost 70 crowns (~$3.50) and they came within minutes and delivered us to the next town over, kutna hora, and our pension.
LOVE. Pension centrum located right in old town, next door,,,really, like 5 feet from church of st James and a stunning valley view. Our room was charming and overlooked the enclosed garden space. It IS true that the bathroom light didn't work and that the shower was only 4 1/2feet tall, but those are the kind of details that don't matter; we loved it.

We had lunch at pivince dacicky, a great old restaurant with a large beer garden. Long wait, but great food and beer!

Next we wandered up the meandering cobblestone streets to the cathedral of st Barbara. Leading up to it is a pseudo Charles Bridge (like the one in Prague- old, decorative,stature of saints meaningful to the region every 15 feet- including St Barbara herself!  (patron saint of miners)  Another example of gothic design, it was very impressive. Interesting too, as much of the motifs were related to mining; the local industry, st Barbara is actually the patron saint of mining. Peering across the valley, we could see a figure of a czech poet carved into the hillside.

And to ensure that we hit our required daily cathedral quota, we stopped by the St John Church to take in the frescos there too for good measure.

Over (another) czech beer at along those narrow cobblestone roads, I managed to convince Michael that the 'way of silver' tour at the Little Castle (Hradek) was going to be awesome.   And in fact; it was!  While it was in Czech (we were given english books to follow along), we got to don mining wear (hardhat, flashlights, canvas coat) and sledge down through ancient mining caves. 

So happy we ended up staying in Kutna Hora- the pension was charming, location great, and nice to be in a smaller quiet town for a night. 


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