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and I slept most of the way. Jeanne didn't.When we arrived at Konopiste
we discovered that since the Chateau was built on a hill we had to climb
the hill! There was a paved pathway but still, it was steep and rather
Konopiste served as the home of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
and his family. There used to be a large lake at the foot of the hill,
but it was drained for some reason? No one seemed to know why. The tour
we took was of ...
... the bone church. Very macabre to see. Bones of 40,000 dead used as decoration!! St Barbara is the patron saint of miners and her church is beautiful. This was added to by a pipe organ playing and a man singing. Our walk around the old part of town showed a delightful variety of buildings, well maintained, with cobbled streets and lanes. ...
... 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 ...
... it seems from where I stand that rarely does a whole week go by in the Czech Republic without a day being lost to 'Saint's Days', National holidays, name days (that's sort of a second birthday you have if your name is the same as a Saint) and whatever else they can think of to celebrate.
Of course, because Thursday was a holiday, lots of places (schools and various government institutions) took Friday off too.
... In the end, the 4 o'clock tour was conducted in Czech anyway because the Czech audio guides did not work, so we had to return to English audio guides. The guide was late, the wrong guide turned up, and we were left waiting. It was all pretty straightforward, really. However, we got in eventually, and the shabby bloke hanging around turned out to be the tour guide. He was a hilarious comedy creation: a grizzled and sardonic, larger than life figure, thickly moustachioed and ...