Another great day to ride. We have had five days straight with no rain! Garmin told me it was 26 degrees Celsius at its peak!
Our bikes were not in our rooms ( up two steep flight of narrow steps), but stored here surrounded by linen and stuff! When we headed to our room after our dinner the previous night, there were table cloths on the bikes, disguising them! We were the only guests in the penzion.
Leaving Tabor was slow…the cobblestone shuffle!
Looking back along the river this was the view.
The views today were not dissimilar to yesterday. Lakes, rivers, agricultural fields (wheat and canola), dotted with villages every few km or so.
We stopped for coffee in Vlasim.
More lovely water scenes…this one has a guy fishing.
Beautiful fields, and we did wonder what the beautiful maroon coloured plant was.
About 10 km later, I investigated….notwithstanding the fact that I inadvertently walked through a bunch of stinging nettle in the process. Both legs got well and truly ‘done’! A pretty plant. Any ideas what it is? The leaves were like a three leaf clover.
Tony and I have been impressed with all of the newer sealed roads in the Czech Republic. They have a really thick layer of bitumen and no obvious joins , like ours on the Bass Highway, where a thin seal is applied. Then they are constantly patching it up like a patch work quilt.
We encountered a reasonable amount of roadworks today. Here they have scraped back ready for a re seal on a side section. Take a look though…there are three layers, and those top two are thick. I put my drink bottle there for reference.
Shame we cannot do a better job with our bitumen.
Today was quite hilly, and as I mentioned earlier, quite hot. It was a pleasant surprise, at the top of a climb to find this little pop up shop. Yes, we had an icecream.
More nice scenery.
On the outskirts of Kutna Hora this amazing church came into view.
I had one main goal in Kutna Hora, and it was not this church, but one a few km on the other side of town.
After finding accomodation and the usual routines, we headed off on foot to a very ‘special’ and ‘entirely different’ church. The Cemetery Church of All Saints with the Ossiary, a world famous, UNESCO listed church since 1995.
It is the memorial site, final resting place for 60,000 people! The church was part of the oldest Cistercian monastery in Bohemia, founded in 1142.
The cemetery was greatly extended during the 14th century epidemics, with around 30,000 buried there.
In the spring of 1421, the Hussites troops captured Kutna Hora, attacking the area of the church, killing another 10,000 people requiring burial.
At the end of the 15th century, the cemetery was reduced in size, with bones from abolished graves were relocated to the ossuary.
The bones were decoratively arranged in the 16th century, then rearranged some 30 years later, then again in the 18th and 19th centuries.
It is certainly mind blowing seeing so many remains….some skulls have shiny heads from people rubbing them.
Extensive renovation and archeological works are currently underway. They have found more bodies.
It is quite confronting, despite the fact that we went there knowing what we would see. 60,000 people!
Walking back to accomodation we walked past the Cathedral. To the left is a cream coloured building. It is an unusual museum, but given the number of people smoking in Europe maybe it’s popular. It is owned and run by Philip Morris, of course!
We walked around this church..no doors open today.
Tony found himself a new friend. Personally he was a bit too plastic for me.
The clouds are gathering. The forecast is not great. Tomorrow we finally return to our starting point in Cekalovice, some 20 km north of Prague. Nice weather would be great….
Tomorrow also marks 5 weeks since we left Cekalovice. Wow!
Another day, another journey, another story.
Todays map and chart.
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