Destination: Bobova Draha, Kutna Hora

This past weekend, we decided to stay local.  We recently learned that our neighboring town, Kutna Hora, has a bobsled area (bobova draha).  So off we went to check it out.

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As it turns out, it wasn’t just a bobsled area.  It is a recreational area where one can also do Zorbing, dirt-bike riding, and rodeo bull riding.  There was also a jumping castle, a trampoline and a small playground for the kids to enjoy.

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I didn’t get to ride the bobsled.  I’m not really a fan of rides that resemble a roller coaster.  However, I had a lot of fun just watching my boys go on the ride.

Here they are patiently awaiting their turn to get on the lift.

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Before they went, my husband explained the rules to Jakub.

 

 

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Then off they went.

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A short wave for mama.

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This is how the lift looked like.  The height is pretty decent.  The whole course is said to be the second longest bobsled course in Europe.

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I wasn’t able to take pictures of the loops because it was on the other side of the hill.  But here is a photo of them in motion as they were going through the course.

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And here’s one more as they were already descending.

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Until finally, the ride was over.

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My husband took Jakub to the playground for a short break, but that only lasted a little while since he wanted more.

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So here they are again, getting ready to ascend and ride the bobsled course once again.

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As for me and Michaela?  Well, we decided to sit it out.  She was mostly sleeping and I was just relaxing.  What better way to spend the weekend.

Anyhow, I hope you had a good one!

For more information about the bobsled ride, please click here.

 

Destination: Zámek Kačina

If you are  visiting the Czech Republic, one of the best things to do on a hot summer day is to visit one of its castles and chateaus.  Apart from the historical and aesthetic relevance of your visit, it is also a good place to cool down – even for a bit.

One of the interesting chateaus close to our area is Zámek Kačina.  It was built as a representative seat by Count Jan Rudolf Chotek between 1806-1824.  It was designed by a German architect from Dresden,   C. F. Schuricht.  Since then, it has undergone several renovations and was inhabited by the last Chotek heir in 1911.  During the second world war, it was occupied by the Nazi SS units.  In 1950, the building was converted as an agricultural museum.  Finally in 2001, it was recognized by the government as a natural cultural monument.

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To this day, the chateau serves several functions.  One wing still serves as an agricultural museum, another serves as a museum to showcase the life of the royals who inhabited the area, and another wing has a more commercial function – catering to weddings and other social events.

On our visit, we wanted to see the exhibit of the life of the royals, but missed the tour schedule.   Instead of waiting, we opted to visit the agricultural exhibit, since it was a self-guided tour.

My son was particularly interested in the miniature tractors and machine equipment, while my husband was equally interested in explaining everything to him.

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Since it was a lifestyle tour, it also showcased the domestic tools that can be found in the households during those times.

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Here you can see the first washing machine that they used.

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Pretty innovative, I would say.  There was also an option to visit the cellars.

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During wintertime, little children were told to sleep on top of the ovens to keep them warm.  Here is an example of those sleeping areas.

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Anyway, I’m glad we opted to go to this tour since it was very educational and a bit different from the typical chateau tours that we normally go to.

Kačina is a beautiful place and since it is close to our area, there will be more opportunities for us to visit again and witness the other tours.

If you would like to know more about this beautiful place, you can visit their website.    It is in the Kutna Hora area, so it can be a good side trip on your trip to Kutna Hora.

Destination: Kutná Hora

If you have ever been on a group tour to Prague, you must’ve visited Kutná Hora.

Kutná Hora is one of the most visited sites in the Czech Republic.  In it stands the famous St. Barbara Church, with its distinct gothic structure.

Front view of St. Barbara Church

Adjacent to the church, you will also find the Jesuit University.  This university houses different types of art exhibits, showcasing Czech artists and a few other artists in Europe.

At the side of the church, there is a viewpoint that provides breath-taking views of the town.

A visit to Kutna Hora is not complete without walking its cobbled streets…..

A visit to the Italian Court, the former King of Bohemia’s weekend house, is not to be missed.

For an amazing view of the St. Barbara Church as a background to your pictures, there is a viewpoint in the adjoining park.

For more information about Kutná Hora, please visit this site.

The Festival of The Royal Silvering of Kutná Hora

These past few days, we had nothing but blue skies and bright days.  Summer is indeed here.

This morning, since we didn’t go out of town, my husband and I decided to take a short trip to Kutna Hora, a neighboring town, for a picnic at one of the famous parks there.  Because we didn’t check the event calendar for the park, we ended up running on to the “Festival of the Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora.”

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Young girls dancing as part of a short stage play.

The event was held at the Italian Court, the central mint of the Kingdom of Bohemia and former residence  of the king in the 15th century.

The Italian Court overlooking the Park where the festival was held.

It was an awesome event filled with music, dancing, jousts, and the fictitious arrival of King Wenceslaus and Queen Sofia of Bavaria.

Drummers announcing the arrival of the king and queen.
The knights’ parade
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The king’s court

Being in the event made me feel like I was transported back in time when Kutna Hora was at its prime.  Back then, Kutna Hora was a famous silver mining town which was the second most important town in the kingdom of Bohemia after Prague.  The costumes that were worn signified wealth and prosperity in the town.

One of my favorite parts of the show was a sword fight performed by actors.

Another favorite was the performance of a band that specializes in Medieval music.

It was also fun to watch people dress up for the event.  Kids in costumes always have a soft spot in my heart.

But I wasn’t the only one who was totally entertained.  Guess who were at the front row?

I am really glad that we accidentally attended this event in Kutna Hora.  I will mark it in my calendar next year, so it will be one of those weekend events that we will go to.

More information about this event can be found here.