Another day, another country

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

After my brief and only occasionally life threatening visit to the mountains, I decided there wasn't much else in the country that would appeal to me at this time of year (not actually having a death wish, despite how it seems), so I spent a long and boring day travelling to Brno, just across the border into the Czech Republic.

Brno - for those of you unable to roll their r's, it sounds a bit like brr (as in, it's so cold!) -no. Or, failing that, Bruno - situated at the confluence of two rivers and deriving from an ancient Slavic word meaning muddy, is a pleasant medieval city, most notable for Spilberk Castle. This old fortification became notorious during the rule of the Austrian Habsburgs as a political prison, where the inmates (often people as revolutionary as poets!) were kept in horrific conditions in underground cells. The displays in the castle seemed particularly keen to inform you of every gruesome detail of this. Interesting enough, but quite irritating that they then chose not to bother translating any of the history of the city, so all I know of the place is the more unpleasant aspects of Brno.

Also rather irritating was the fact that the crypt of the Church of the Invention of the Holy Cross - doesn't exactly roll of the tongue, that - wasn't open for some reason, so the dessicated corpses of the Capuchin monks will have to wait for another day!
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