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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Last the last two weeks have passed quickly and we are now getting ready for our field trip to Vienna and Venice. Afterwards, they will give us a weeks spring break and I get to travel around Italy for a week with three great women that I consider good friends now. Can't wait for that adventure to begin. The weekend of April 1 saw a group of 7 of us travel to Brno for the weekend. Brno is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and is about an hour and half hour train ride from Olomouc. It is mostly an industrial town and you can see the main sights in a day easily. Their tram system is very similar to ours so it was pretty easy to figure out. We found our hostel and then headed out to find us some dinner. We ate at a local pinnovar (brewery) and of course had some great food including pumpkin soup! Went to bed early so we could get up Saturday morning to get started. They have three big sights that you must see which includes the Main church which is built on a hill by the main square, the Caputain crypts where they buried their monks and people who were important to the church. The only problem is that they didn't bury them but layed them on the ground in vaults underground. They were not embalmed or readied for burial, because the vaults had a natural way of keeping them from deteriorating. One person still had their fingernails on her hand. Gross!!! Then we walked and walked and walked up a very large hill to Spillberg Castle which was the main fortress for the city. They were having a wedding in the royal chapel so we didn't get to see to much but they had a great exhibit on the history so it was well worth the climb. Lunch was at one of the oldest restaurants in the city just off the lower square. It was a cold and windy day so most of us had hot chocolate or coffee to warm up. We found out that the lower square has been the site of the oldest farmers market every Saturday in the Czech Republic. It is called the Cabbage Market and it has been held there since the mid 1300's. I was really intrigued at all the different items there was to purchase and it was about three times the size of Kearneys. The rest of the day we just wanderred around the city looking at shops and buildings. We did find a building that Mozart had played a concert there when he was 11. I think that is one of the things that fascinates me the most about Europe. The history that is around every corner and is such a part of the locals everyday life. I don't know if they truely appreciate it. Our country is so young and then we think we have to tear down old buildings and put new ones in their place without trying to preserve some of our history.
Anyway, on Sunday we did alittle more exploring and then headed back for home. It was a good weekend for us to test our wings on figuring out how to travel Europe on our own. I consider it a successful weekend.
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