Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
40Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Arrived in Brno to a very excited Zdenka and husband Jirka running along the platform calling out Ahoy. Zdenka's stepfather is Rudolf Wositzky, who is Dad and Rosa's cousin. We have stayed the last few nights at Yirka's sisters place, wiith their son Peter who has been just fantastic
Together with Zdenka and Jirka we have walked and walked, have found all the addresses of their past homes, been to the park across the road where they played, the old post office where Granny worked. The one home we want to go back to tomorrow is at 14 Kolisce - the one where they set off to freedom- Dad in February, followed by Granny, Rosa and Rose-Marie just before Easter in 1949.Tomorrow we will walk from there to the train station just as they did.
A highlight today was ( after a few attempts over the past few days ) searching around the old area Dornich, the poorer area, often referred to as the slum, we found the old canal we were looking for. Most of this area has been destroyed, what's left is mostly derelict or falling down. Has a really interesting feel to it though, steam coming up through pipes, crumbling walls, rusty pipes, almost like a scene from Oliver. Today sneaking behind old buildings on a hunch of Peters we found it, completely overgrown, and very very smelly
Finding the church that Dad went to and prayed before leaving has proven more difficult. There are many churches, and all we have is a photo of an alter inside the church, both Katherine and Rose-Marie have been to this church before but can't remember exactly where it was. It's been a process of illimination, now down to two options. One church is under reconstruction and thus we can't get inside to see the alter, this is the one Katherine thinks it is - But Peter went to the Bishops office with the photo and after being handballed through several people he found a lady that was absolutely certain it was St Michaels. So.. off we went to St Michaels - closed .. but there is Mass on there tonight so wešll hopefully find our answer !
In amongst all this searching - we have been well and truely stuffed with food by Ydenka and Jirka, cakes, coffee, bread rolls, ham, cheeses, dumplings, duck, rabbit, beer, wine, cabbage, strawberry icecream, palacinka - the array of food is endless!
Tomorrow train to Vissy Brod ... until then.