Today was another volatile weather day. We waited until the afternoon before venturing out in a hope to escape the rain. We got caught in a few showers, but they were short-lived and always followed by brilliant sun.
We walked over the Charles Bridge, and took this photo from the top of one of the towers at the entry.
The bridge is was built in the mid 1300’s and spans half a kilometer. There are numerous statues lining both sides. I love observing the patina on statutes and areas that have been brought to a shine by repeated touch – like the shiny penis on the statue of a naked boy.
On the other side of the Vltava river, we climbed the steps to the Prague castle and had a great view of the city.
The castle is its own little village, with the large gothic St. Vitus cathedral and numerous other buildings and gardens in a variety of architectural styles.
The Golden lane, or alchemists alley, is a little street within the castle with small houses and shops. They were charging admission for it and we decided that a street with turnstiles at the end was not something we wanted to pay for.
We checked out the John Lennon wall, a graffiti wall dating back to the 80’s as a sort of message board for peace in the communist country.
We hit up our favourite cafe again Neustadt – for more soup and sandwiches, then hid from the cold.
The next day we took a train to the Sedlec Ossuary just outside of Kutna Hora. This is also know as the bone church and is decorated by 40,000 bones. I remember seeing an odd documentary on this in school and had been intrigued since.
The Ossuary had become a coveted burial spot and the cemetary had been expanded a number of times. Frantisek Rint was commissioned to organize the bones. I wonder if this was the expected result. The chandelier features one of every bone in the body.