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Off before 9 this morning for our field trip to Kutna Hora to see Morbid Moe's "bone church". The bones of 40,000 people are used in an artistic way at this church located on cemetery grounds. We successfully took the tram (streetcar) to the train station and without getting lost were excited to be on our Maureen (merry) way. After about an hour on the train, we were ready to get off at the second Kutna Hora stop when the Czech speaking conductor ...
... life was pretty sad. Their parents were assassinated and when
the Nazis invaded in 1938 the boys were sent to concentration camps. The
Nazi's also took over the castle as a training ground and headquarters.
While there they, for some inexplicable reason, shot the bears that
lived in the moat.There was a spot where a bear currently lives, but he
wasn't out. Of course that could be because a lovely child was throwing
rocks into the enclosure (we were ...
... took the opportunity to create elaborate sculptures, including small domed structures and complex chandeliers. Apparently it is estimated that there are between 40,000 and 70,000 bones making up the sculptures. It's extraordinarily creepy. Once we'd had enough of bones and other tourists, we made our way back to the bike, got geared up, I pulled the clutch in and hit the starter button. The starter motor kicked in, but the engine ...
For those still reeling their way through the opening missive I promise this will be a bit shorter. That this entry will follow on very quickly from the first is due to a delay in 'publishing' the opening blog brought about me mentioning a travel company and I got 'put on notice' by Travelpod's automated program. Which to be honest, nearly scuppered the Travelpod gig right from the get-go but, we'll persist and ...
Dear Friends & Family, (and as of now, unsuspecting readers who have no idea what they just walked into)
For much of the last decade's travels I have used the nominally reliable email to keep you posted as to what was happening on what and wherever the current trip was taking me. That has been generally speaking, a success although it has led to minority complaints about attaching photos from some recipients on dial-up (I mean seriously, is anyone on ...