Kutna Hora

Trip Start Aug 09, 2012
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Trip End Oct 07, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Had some beakfast at home before setting out to pick up our car. I had booked it for 8am but it was 9:30 before we actually got it. No BMW upgrade this time but a little Suzuki Swift from a local Czech company called Broadway Car Rentals. Not the happiest young chap assisting us but he did his job. The strange thing here is they don't give you a full tank of petrol to start off like most rental places. He recorded where the gauge was and told us to bring it back at the same level.

So off we went to our destination Kutna Hora which is a UNESCO listed town and it turned out to be another beautiful, sunny but fairly hot day.

Man, they drive very fast over here on the expressway. The speed limit is 130 kph so I generally stuck to around 120-125 but when over-taking a slower truck I would check my side mirror and see no-one coming but by the time I had finished over-taking and probably doing 130, there would be another car right behind me over-taking me as well. These guys must be doing around 150 kph.

Took us about 2 hours to get there following our GPS but didn’t notice (probably because it was in Czech) that one of the roads was shut and there was an alternative route. I was wondering why all the cars we had been following all took the first exit at the roundabout while we took the second. Anyway only wasted about 15minutes all up as luckily there was a local at the road block who was able to explain to us the detour.

Like a lot of places in Europe there is an old town with a modern town around it but luckily the GPS took us right into the old town and we managed to find free parking next to an old church. It was then a short walk to our first target, St Barbara’s Church but we came across Hradek which was a house owned by a wealthy local which is now a museum explaining the silver mining history of the town. They had 2 tours with one actually taking you into one of the old silver mines but Daisy decided her knee may not be up to the challenge as the girl said it was quite hard with lots of steps so we took the tour of the house which also explained the town’s history. The tour however was in Czech but we were given English explanation notes. It was OK but nothing special. It was now 12:30 so we decided to have some lunch at a local café which was quite good and cheap.

Then to St. Barbara’s which was yet another spectacular gothic church and here we bought a combination ticket for the 3 main churches in the town. St.Barbara’s however is the only one that is within the old city walls.

Then a short walk around the old town including all the sights listed on the tourist map and even some shopping with Daisy buying a T-shirt. It was then a short drive to the final 2 churches on our combo ticket. I was most keen to see the Ossuary beneath the All Saints church, my work colleague Jana who is Czech told me about this before leaving. It consists of bones from 40,000 bodies that were dug up when more room was needed in the cemetery. They have been artistically arranged into items like a chandelier, coat of arms etc. Quite bizzare but intriguing. I loved it of course.

By then it was 4:30pm so we decided to head back and had a quick trip of just 100 minutes although we did notice there was a heavy bank up of traffic heading the other way out of Prague probably caused by all the roadwork going on.

We had decided to park our car near the car hire place because all the parking near our apartment is reserved for locals and the hire company said we could find a place in the city for free after 6pm. Indeed that is what happened we found one quite easily and it is free from 6pm until 8am in the morning so we will have to get there by 8 tomorrow. We then watched a young jazz group busking in the mall who were excellent and after the girl sang a Norah Jones song Daisy felt compelled to give them 100 Kr. We then wandered over to the Old Town square just in time to watch the 7pm clock chimes but they weren’t any big deal, not as elaborate as the Munich one, but this clock is also an astrological clock. Had a nice meal at the Staromestka Restaurant right on the square before walking home across the bridge back home.

                                                                                   
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