Note: After looking at Day 21, I didn't think I had enough for a whole post. So I'm going to combine them with 20. Added stuff is at the bottom. KH
Day two in the Czech Republic and for our activities today, Scott and I are daytripping away from Prague and heading to a little town an hour away by the name of Kutna Hora, which was an important silver mining region in the Middle Ages. This historically is the second most important city in all of Bohemia, and was a favorite residence of many of the Bohemian Kings. There are a lot of important churches and buildings from the 14th century here, but Scott and I really came down for one thing: The Sedlec Ossuary.
The church was built around 1400 and all of the bones that had to be removed for the building where placed inside as an ossuary. In the 19th century, someone got the idea that rather than just store all of these folks, perhaps it would be better to show them off. So you get this:
Here's a shot of Scott and me hanging out next to all of our new friends. As you can see we totally annihilated the surrounding competition when it came to largest skull size, once again asserting American dominance over the competition.
After we finished off at the Ossuary, we caught a couple of other churches before heading back to Prague.
This is at the Cathedral of Assumption of Our Lady and St. John the Baptist which was built beginning in the 12th century and is the oldest cathedral in the Czech Republic.
Apparently displaying decayed human remains is a reoccurring theme here because once again we get to see somebody's insides. This is actually a patron saint of the church and therefore considered a Holy Relic. Just in case you missed this specific one, the church is offering a two for one special with another just on the other side of he altar. See, sometimes the best things in life are free (Hi Five)!
Our next day was our last in the Czech Republic and was Scott's last on the trip. It's a bummer that he had to head home (we had a blast) but I think we made the most of it and had some great experiences. For the grand finale we daytripped again from Prague and saw a castle about 30 minutes or so away from Prague called Karlstejn Castle. Once again, King Charles IV was the one to build it. This thing was huge by the way, but unfortunately, we couldn't take pictures inside. What else kinda stunk was that they wouldn't take us to the best rooms in the castle. You had to pay extra and book days in advance which we didn't know about until it we got there. However, it was a good looking place and the town surrounding it was very nice. Here's some shots:
Here's the castle. That big structure is the Great Tower (walls are 4-6 m thick) which used to hold the Crown Jewels and Regalia of the Holy Roman Empire.
As you can tell, this bad boy is a bit off the ground, which made for a difficult time in over running it. So what do you do? Well obviously you besiege the castle by camping outside the walls for months at a time and then resort to "biological warfare" by lobbing dead bodies and feces over the walls in the hopes that they will infect the populace inside. Despite these efforts, the castle was not taken. And it had such potential . .
But it was all worth it in the end! Behold this massive sugar wafer. These things cost a buck and are probably not the ideal snack for me since they are basically 95% sugar. Of course, that didn't stop me from eating 2 of them before the tour started.
And here's a pretty view of the town after the tour of the castle. The surrounding area around Prague is very pretty, but I think we all agree that Prague was definitely the best of the lot.
And for all of you "How I Met Your Mother" Fans (That would be me by the way), I have great news. If you ever lose your copy of the Bro Code on your next European trip, fear not. . .You can still Suit Up as Barney is never far away and translated into 46 languages.
So after we got back to Prague, I hit a night train to Krakow, Poland and Scott got to hang out all night at the airport waiting for his flight back to the States. Everyone got to their respective destinations safely thankfully and I have to say the latest Homann Brother's Trip was an overwhelming success. Had a blast dude and hope you did as well. Thanks for coming.
Tomorrow I go it alone again, and I'll be reporting on the eastern most portion of the trip in Poland. Later . . .