Jo Bros in Bohemia

Trip Start Jun 24, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Středočeský Kraj,
Saturday, August 28, 2010

As our train rolled across the Czech countryside, we dozed to the pitter-patter of the autumn rain against the window.

That was for you Emily.

After being back in Prague for nearly two weeks with pretty much nothing to do, Emily and I decided we needed to go somewhere and do something.  So naturally, we planned a trip to a much smaller city.  Kutná Hora.

Kutná Hora is an old mining town to the southeast of Prague.  It's fairly small, but it's a popular day-trip location for anyone visiting Prague.  It's best known for its Ossuary, or the Bone Church.  More on that later.

We bought our 125 kc (roughly $7) roundtrip train tickets to Kutná Hora and hopped on a 9:00 am train out of Hlavni Nadrazi in Prague.  The trip took about an hour, and the train station we ended at was located on the outskirts of the city.  In the interest of saving money, we walked to the popular sites.  The first we came across was the Cathedral Our Lady at Sedlec.  The inside was lovely.  High ceiling, centuries-old paintings, elaborate sculpting.  We probably spent nearly an hour just wandering and taking pictures of everything we saw.  

Next was the top sight on our priority list: the Bone Church.  The church itself is not made of bones.  That's what I was expecting after hearing all of this about the bone church.  Still...  We walked into the church, and then there were no more words for awhile.  One estimate says the bones of about 40,000 people were used in decorating the ossuary.  There are chalices, monstrances, a cross, and a massive chandelier in the center, which uses every bone found in the human body.  It was really something to see all of those skulls and have to come to terms with the fact that that used to be under someone's face.    

Our final destination of the day was to be the Cathedral of St. Barbara.  All we had to do was walk toward the center of the city toward the really tall spires.  It seemed simple enough...but following directions is not our best skill.  After wandering for roughly 45 minutes, we were able to find the Cathedral.  It was worth it.  The spires on the Cathedral were so grand and the inside was so spacious.  It was rather humbling to sit in the pew and just look at everything around you.  Until we saw a man wearing leather leggings with built-in knee pads and a racing jacket.  It sort of killed the mood. 

When we finished wandering the cathedral, we found a nice place to have lunch and then tried (in vain) to find our way back to the train station.  We asked for directions from 3 different people and finally found the right path about the time our train was leaving the station.  So we sat at the train station for an hour until the next one arrived.  While we were waiting, we noticed a young man who looked rather familiar.  Dark curly hair and a very girly-looking face...A JONAS BROTHER!!! 

Of course, it was not a Jo Bro.  He was smoking and speaking French.  But he looked like the oldest one.  I don't know what his name is, but he's the least cute of the three.  That one.  

And as the rain again fell from the heavens, we traversed the untouched Bohemian fields back to our cozy homestead.
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