Hello everyone! It’s been some time since our last post; this is mostly because we spent the last little while planning the last couple stages of our trip. Here they are, in all their glory:
- Cesky Budjovice, Czech Republic
- Brno, Czech Republic
- Budapest, Hungary
- Krakow, Poland
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Aarhus, Denmark
- Toronto, Canada!
Most of our planning, which involved much desperate searching for reasonable flights back to Canada, was done here, in this square:
This is the main square of Cesky Budjovice (or Cesky B as its friends call it), a small but very pleasant town in the Czech Republic. We spent most of our time there sitting outside the various cafes lining the square, taking advantage of their free WiFi and reasonably priced coffee. We did also climb Black Tower, the one other famous architectural feature of Cesky B— the picture above was taken from atop it.
Since Cesky B was a coffee and research sort of place, we only have one other picture of the city, a close-up of the fountain at the centre of the square.
Focus your attention on the figure at the top of the fountain. Yes, that is a man prying open a lion’s mouth, who is in return perpetually vomiting water into his face. Certainly one of the more memorable fountain designs we’ve come across.
Brno, the Czech Republic’s second-biggest city, was next on our list. Among other things, it featured ANOTHER BONE CHURCH.
The Brno Ossuary, with over 50,000 ‘inhabitants’, actually features more remains than the more famous Sedlec Ossuary in Kutna Hora. Sedlec Ossuary, however, still wins for creativity: you will see no chandeliers or coats of arms made of bones in Brno Ossuary. There were, however, some creepy tunes and a few darkened passages, which created a spooky atmosphere— something that was definitely lacking in Sedlec.
When we weren’t exploring the BONE CHURCH, we were wandering around the city’s old quarter, which, in typical European style, failed to betray Brno as a city where things actually happen.
We also did a tour of Brno’s underground, a vast network of cellars and man-made tunnels which once served as larders, markets, studies, torture chambers, and a bunch of other interesting stuff.
Our tour guide, unfortunately, only spoke in Czech, so we were forced to hang back from the group and listen to a deadpan audio guide instead. The underground had also undergone vast renovations, so it was kind of difficult to imagine or appreciate what it was really like back in the day. All in all, it was disappointing.
What wasn’t disappointing was this fountain:
This might sound a little silly, but this fountain was possibly our favourite part of Brno. We sat and watched for half an hour as the sheet of water changed colour and formed pictures, abstract patterns, and words.
We may have ended the Czech Republic with a bit of a whimper, but it was all for a good cause: now our course for the rest of the trip is clear. Our next stop is Budapest, Hungary, land of one thousand goulash-serving restaurants.
The Eh Team