Day 9 - Kutna Hora and the bone church

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Jan 28, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

This morning I begun the day with a big punter full of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and currants! My favourite are raspberries and coincidentally in Czech they are called "malina".

After breakfast we got ready and rushed to old town square where we were to meet our tour guide to head to Kutna Hora. On the way we rushed along from the top of the square, along the way stopping because I had to get a new scarfe and beanie I saw yesterday :p. We managed to get to the square and find the tour guide 10 minutes to 10. We were the only ones though and the lady said we could only go if 3 people attended the tour. Baba and I ran off to the toilet. 10kc later lol. We went back to the tour guide and we had 2 more people :) an oldish couple from Wales. While we waited to see if there was anyone else wanting to come along too, the big town clock did its thing at 10am, where there were little people that moved around and at the very top of the tower a man with a trumpet played at tune. Apparently this man does this every hour during the day! A few minutes later and noone else for the tour, so we headed off on our 16 seater mini bus which seemed quite large with all the space we had!

Along the way the lady spoke of the history around Prague town and soon after we were heading down out of town towards Kutna Hora. After staring out of the window for some time I saw a puddle of something white on the side of the road, then another, another and another! All I'd a sudden I realized while fields were covered in a very thin layer of white... Snow! I was so excited to see snow and Bsba just brushed it off saying it was nothing yet. But oh was I excited! :).

Eventually we got to Kutna Hora were we first went to the Ossuary, the bone church. Unfortunately there was no snow around there to touch!
When we got inside it was very strange, but I thought it was a bit cool and didn't completely think about every single bone coming from a human being who has died. Baba was creeped out by it and had a constant look of disgust on her face the whole time haha. In the middle of the bone church was a large chandelier... Made from a heap of bones including every bone in the human body. The church was filled with the bones of 40,000 individuals! In the corners of the church there were huge pyramid piles of bones! All along the walls and archways were human sculls stuck on or bones hanging down. Within the church there was also a large coat of arms made only out of human bones. The bones apparently all came from unnamed people that died from something?

After finishing off at the bone church, we got back on the mini bus which took us to a different place in the town. We then got off and continued our tour walking, it was so cold though!

We wandered about and saw a range of different buildings and places where people mined, as this was an old mining town. We then went to lunch which was a lovely local place hidden in the side streets. To start we all were given a bowl of soup with chunks of potato, other veggies and mushroom. It was really nice and I'd love to make something like it at home. For the main I had a little bit of pork with cabbage, dumplings and a gravy. It was all so filling I could only eat one dumpling (there were 4). For desert we then had an apple and sultana strudel type thing with cream, which was also very nice.

We then went outside trekking around again and saw a gothic church which was called St. Barbara's church. The church was huge inside and around the edges had beautiful stained glass windows which had just been cleaned and were so bright and colourful. We saw some wooden seats which were dyed with ox blood and admired the ceiling which had various painted things upon it.

The mini bus then picked us up and we headed back to Prague. While still driving within the town of Kutna Hora, it started to pour down with rain, which was lucky. On our way out I didn't see any snow anymore though.

When we got back to Prague city we bought ourselves a large unbrella and then went looking for a travel agent person as we are wanting to go to Berlin and Warshaw maybe next week :). Unfortunately we found out that we need to plan our own transport and accommodation and then find some day tours there.

Afterwards we wandered through the rainy streets of Prague, almost being hit a few times because of pushy drivers not paying attention to zebra crossings. We went looking through some souvenir shops and bought a few bits and pieces.

It was about 5pm by that time so we decided to head back to the flat. On the way we HAD to buy some cakes
and two 1.5litre bottles of water :p oops. It was a bit heavy...

When we got to the correct metro station, we eventually found the correct bus to lead us to the apartment, so soon after we were back :).

We had some camembert on slices of bread roll for dinner with cherry tomatoes, then we watched my half-cousin Marketa on tv reporting on the news.

We booked at tour for tomorrow to Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad) 9:30am so I quickly had a shower and am now laying in bed ready to sleep at 9pm! Night all :)
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