David Cerny made the news in October but as it was more a political statement than art I did not post about it then. This sculpture is anchored in the Vltava River and pointed toward Prague Castle, the seat of Czech President Milos Zeman.
Friday Karin and I dropped by the private gallery exhibition of some of Cerny’s current work. As always it was quite interesting. Though a couple of the better pieces are too explicit to be shown on this family friendly site.
The London bus is a miniature of the one I previous wrote about. The other pieces shown represent his current style of embedding anything and everything in clear resin that is shaped to characterize people, body parts and other objects. Example detail in bottom photo.
Although displayed in a commercial gallery there were no prices on any of the pieces and we didn’t ask. Any guesses?
Personally, I prefer to wait until a week or two before Christmas before getting into the spirit of the season. Karin likes to wait until after the American Thanksgiving before getting out the decorations. This year, however, events are forcing our hand.
International Christmas Festival
There are two Christmas Bazaars that we have attended in the past and since both are good sources of English language books we wanted to participate again this year. I stumbled on a notice of the first, sponsored by IWAP, International Women’s Association of Prague but we missed the Festival put on by the Diplomatic Spouse’s Association.
By the photo you can see we were in the minority. We did not enjoy this bazaar last time because it is way too crowded.
We very much enjoyed the one we attended on Saturday, 23 November! First we found some good books, second we discovered an addition to our heirloom collection and third, we won a raffle prize–more good books. Yes, this a very good way to start the season. I like it!
Next up is St. Mikulas Night on 5 December
Read about our first Prague Christmas in 2008
This town and its suburb, Sedlec, have a mixed reputation. Yet we consider it a must go for any visitors that are spending a week or more in Prague. Only an hour train ride away it offers all the glory of a former silver mining capital along with the gruesomeness of a unique ossuary.
Bones, bones everywhere. The crest is of the Schwarzenberg family and includes a crow pecking the eye of a Turk. There are many other “art works” and four massive piles in each of the four corners. For more photos and a bit of history see Karin’s Picasa album.
This bone church causes conflict with visitors. It is one of those places that you think you have to go to see for yourself and be able to say “I was there!” Yet afterwards it is a let down. Within five minutes you are finished and ready to move on. Thankfully the admission is only $2 and then you have the rest of the day to enjoy the hillside town and its wealth of magnificent buildings.
These two photos show our January visit and our June visit. Since our first three trips to the Czech Republic were during winter we are really enjoying seeing the differences when we return to the same places in the summer.
There are many other fine buildings and sites in the town. See more of them at this Picasa album We usually try to stay away from “tourist restaurants” but this one had such a good write-up we gave it a try. It is called Dacicky Pivnice (Beer hall). In January it was quite cozy and the food was excellent; we shall return.
This is the best day trip out of Prague. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
In the previous post my admonition was to Hit the Streets. In this one it is Get Out of Town.
In past visits we traveled to the more well know tourist centers including Cesky Krumlov and Kutna Hora. This summer we are really enjoying getting off the beaten path to the smaller, less known towns and districts. The latest is Kladno, less than 50 km(30 miles) out of Prague. It was a pleasant 40 minute train ride through parts of Prague that we had not seen from this perspective before.
This large central Bohemia city has shed its history of coal mining and iron foundries and become a suburb with plentiful clean industry. Yet we found much of interest, historical and current, as we hiked through the town. We were especially impressed with the cleanliness. Karin wrote: ”Kladno is one of the nicest and most comfortable Czech towns I have visited.”
In the square in front of the church and town hall is an interactive tourist map in three languages.
Impressive town hall and church located at east end of pedestrian area.
There is a large Chateau with gallery and a beautiful park with relaxing views.
There is even a gourmet restaurant with prices lower than Prague’s standard fare. This meal exceeded our expectations and I rated it Five Stars on TripAdvisor.
All photos by Karin, who has done one of her excellent photo journalism albums on this day trip with 99 photos and lots of comment and history. Find it on Picasa