The bone church

Trip Start Dec 25, 2007
Trip End Jan 02, 2008

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

there is no way to put into words what a room filled with bones from 40,000 victims of the plague looks like... except think something like the organ from goonies and then you have an idea of what one tiny piece of this place looked like. 

after an hour train ride through the Czech countryside we arrived in kutna hora.  we walked from the train station to the bone church... located in the middle of a modern cemetery is this unassuming building.  inside, however, is a whole different story.  chandeliers, family crests, altars and decorations are all made out of skulls, femurs, vertebrae and other human bones.  most of the bones (and yes, there is a skull mountain) are from plague victims.  however, if you look closer to some of the skulls they have holes in them.  they were NOT victims of the plague, just victims.  it was profound.

after the bone church i observed a young man writing a message in the snow on one of the tombs.  it was his hand with a smiley face (i sent PJ to check it out).  He giggled as he drew it and observed his art for several minutes and then walked away.  I have no idea why he was so fascinating to me but he was.  I laughed for several minutes :)

Then it was the tourist bus to St. Barbara's Cathedral.  Once we found the entrance to the church we paid the entrance fee and walked into one of the most beautiful and intricate churches i have ever seen.  The pictures may do it justice since I'm an amazing photographer, but i doubt it. 

After that we meandered through the streets, saw a plague column (see a later entry for clarification) and then had lunch at a lovely pub.  I wrapped my leftovers in a napkin and hid them in my purse (they charge for take out boxes) and i felt like a Jewish grandmother in Florida.  granted, pj and i ate the leftovers for dinner tonight it they were DELICIOUS.  i had hot apple punch, PJ and Lee got beer (surprised?). 

In the cab back to the train station (it's 20 degrees, no way we were walking again!!!) i acquiesced to take a sip of something like plum brandy.  Slivovica.  PJ said we can all drink it during passover since it's only fermented plums.  it was not wonderful but it did make us warm. 

I slept on the train ride home.  Now we are off to the pub to meet up with Lee for a few pre-bed beers.  Ah Prague....
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