Bones Bones Bones

Trip Start Jun 20, 2012
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Středočeský Kraj,
Sunday, July 8, 2012

Took the train to Kutna Hora the other day, a town an hour east of Prague, in the Czech Republic.  It was an awesome time.  Prague is an affordable city, but once you leave and arrive in the small towns everything is even cheaper.  I had a burger and pop for lunch for $2.90 Canadian and it was delicious.  I visited the bone ossuary, a few Cathedrals and the Czech museum of silver - hradek.  Surrounding the bone ossuary was a cemetery full of tombstones and monuments.  Walking through the short path you reach the bone ossuary in the middle, a masterpiece of human relics.  Pieces of human skeletons line the walls and make mini mountains along the sides.  There was a coat of arms made of bones, as well as one of the most amazing chandeliers I have ever seen. The Cathedrals there great and huge!  Beautiful architecture, art, and artifacts fill the buildings, typical of European Catholicism.  The silver museum was neat, we traveled through narrow rock walls with very little light, just as the miners did way back when.  In fact, the guide made us turn off all of our lights to see what it would be like as a miner whose candle went out.  Pitch black, not a pleasant experience if you're trapped and claustrophobic.  Way back in the day, when that happened, the miners would search for a draft which meant either a transportation slide was nearby, or, better yet, the entrance.

The people in small town Czech Republic are not rich.  The two towns I visit may not be good representations of how all are in the Czech Republic, but they are poor and not well kept.  The people seem to be less healthy as well, lots of smoking and many amputees roaming the streets.  A very sad picture indeed.  Buildings are falling apart and a ghost town atmosphere seems to be in the air.  Bringing with this, though, is less tourists, which is very nice.  Less frequented and much more space to explore.  You don't have to wait to be served for an ice cream like you do in Prague where people are packed into a small quarter and do silly things like stop and then turn quickly to the side, making walking the Charles Bridge during the day a little like running a race. 

Also, strangely enough, I have had two train rides in the past couple with couples who match.  On the train ride to Kutna Hora there was a young couple who were wearing the same shoes, the next day, different train, a middle aged couple were wearing the same shirt...WHAT'S GOING ON?!?!?!

Not in the Czech Republic for too much longer, will post again tonight after I have a little more experience in Czesky Krumlov.
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Matt on

this post/pics gave me a flashback to 7 years ago...

Christina on

It's a bit horrific! but I do like the European cathedral. I hope I will own a western wedding in a great church in the future~

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