Four Countries, Two Days

Hi all!

Sorry for my absence! I have been away for the past few days and I am now going away again. Crossing four countries in two days. It sounds way better than it actually is! I left Ireland towards the UK. After that, I took the boat and needed to cross the beautiful country of Wales until I arrived in England. Now, I am just a couple of hours away from flying to Brazil.

It’s quite tiring, but I am not complaining! Just posted this quickly to let you guys know I am still alive and will post some new stuff very soon!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray (II)

According to the Oxford Dictionary:

Fray: [NO OBJECT] (Of a fabric, rope, or cord) unravel or become worn at the edge, typically through constant rubbing: “cheap fabric soon frays”

Let’s pretend I only understood the part: “become worn through constant rubbing”. Well, maybe that’s what the challenge is about: Finding what it means to you.

In 2009, I went to Poland, where I visited Auschwitz, but I think I have written enough about it. While in Poland, I also visited the Wieliczka Salt Mine.

Taking my interpretation of the word, I see these salt mines as something beautiful, but finite. The constant contact of visitors will, eventually, erode the beautiful art works there sculpted. I love the place, but maybe from the work that disappears, a new blank canvas will be left for another to be made.

Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Kutna what?? Where is that? Well, it very close to Prague and a perfect place for a day trip if you get bored with the beauty of the capital!

Back in the 15th and 16th century, Kutna Hora was the largest producer of silver in Czech Republic. Due to this massive wealth, it became Prague’s main competitor is every aspect: Trade, culture, politics. As part of the main trading route from Northern Europe to Turkey, it enjoyed a cosmopolitan feel until the silver ran out. It went though a steady decline for centuries, but now it feeds on tourism, through its attraction, the main one being the Sedlec Ossuary.

The Sedlec Ossuary is a sinister type of place. Just like the Catacombs of Paris, was created due to the over crowed cemetery in the town. Unlike the catacombs, the Ossuary is somewhat more sinister. A few years ago, an artist was invited to use the bones and decorate the chapel above. The decorations are incredible, but I have mixed feeling about it. There is a beautiful coats of arms of the town made of bones, but it’s weird to think about what they once were!

It’s worth a visit, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea!

Other Czech Republic Related Posts

Post about Prague
Post about Litomerice

Litomerice – Czech Republic

On the way back from Terezin Concentration Camp, we accidentally missed the ONLY bus back to Prague… it was quite frustrating and had no idea how to make it back to the city. So we looked at the map and saw the town of Litomerice a few km away. In the grim possibility that we would have to sleep at a park bench or something, we chanced and walked there. Good news is that there was a big train station, but we would have to change stations halfway through it and wait for a couple of hour for the train to Prague. Ah well, there is nothing that we could do really… except take out the camera for some glamour shots! I had a Canon EOS 350 (analogic), but in the interest of saving my role of films, I took out my Sony W55. Some semi automatic cameras are hard to handle sometimes, so I decided to take a photo of me with the background (programmed, because my friends were really annoyed that we missed the bus). The station was really well lit and the background was really dark, with only a full moon illuminating it. Of course, the exposure was long and I moved, but the effect was amazing! So I took several of those photos, together with my friends. The lights of the station provided enough clarity not to need a flash. I think we took about 100 “ghost” pictures… most of them came out really bad, but some were really cool! The picture below is my favourite… really well timed, because it was timed and taken with 15 seconds exposure. If I stood at the same spot longer than any other, it would ruin the photo. I like this one!