• Europe,  Travel

    The Bone Church: Sedlec Ossuary

    “The Bone Church” or the Sedlec Ossuary is at the site of a former Abbey in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, a 50-minute train ride from Prague.  Train tickets from Prague are cheap and there is a local bus that travels from the train station to the church and through the rest of the city.  The abbey cemetery was a popular burial place because an Abbot was said to have sprinkled holy dirt from Jerusalem over the site in 1278.  Between the plague and the Crusades, the cemetery became overfilled.  The Baroque Gothic Style church was built in the 15th century and the remains of between 40,000-70,000 people were stacked in pyramids in…

  • Europe,  Travel

    A Tour of Prague, Czech Republic

    Following my visits to the capitals of Hungary and Austria, I finished my February holiday with several days in Prague!  Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and is nicknamed “The City of a Hundred Spires.”  I was actually surprised at how small the historic center was!  Though it is a large city, it has a small town feel with very well preserved architecture. Prague is a beautiful city with lots of history.  Of course, I went on a walking tour as soon as I arrived (shocker!).  There are Sandemans Free Tours in Prague, unlike in Vienna.  This walking tour was one of the longest I’ve been on (3 hours),…