An Outing in Ostrava!
Trip Start Jul 18, 2013
12Trip End Aug 19, 2013
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Today we took charter busses to Ostrava, the "steel heart of the Czech Republic." It is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, and has been a center of industry since large deposits of black coal were discovered in 1763. One of the most well known consumer of that coal was Vitkovice, an iron and steelworks company. We toured some historical blast furnaces at Dolni oblast and took photos of Ostrava from atop the New Town Hall. We also ate lunch on Stodolní Street, which is full of clubs, cafes, and pubs.
Ostrava no longer mines coal; the ground is becoming too unstable to withstand much more digging. It is also one of the most polluted cities in the European Union... Even with these setbacks, Ostrava is still a beautiful city. We took elevators to the top of the New Town Hall Viewing Tower, where a breath taking view of the city and distant mountains (the Jeseniky Mountains) awaited us.
On the way home we learned a popular children's rhyme: "Sláva nazdar výletu, nezmokli jsme, už jsme tu." It roughly translates to "It was a successful trip; we didn't get wet (or it didn't rain), we had fun, and we're already back!" I will be saying this rhyme about my time here in the Czech Republic all too soon.