Karin and I were past due for another jaunt into the countryside outside of Prague. We chose a small village that most Czechs know well, even if they have never been there, because its idealized scenery was featured by the artist and author Josef Lada.
Lada was a prolific artist who wrote and illustrated a great many children’s books, the most famous featuring Mikeš, the itinerant and talking cat. However, he is best known internationally for his illustrations of Jaroslav Hašek’s, The Good Soldier Švejk. Copies of these cartoons are seen constantly in Prague, especially in restaurants catering to tourists.
To reach Hrusice takes some planning. It is less than 20 miles from Prague but can only be reached easily by the motorway. By public transport it takes an elaborate combination of modes of transport or, as we did it, by walking about one mile from the nearest train station.
Once here you are up front and personal with Lada and his art, especially the church on the hill that shows in many of his country scenes. Though it does take imagination to see the village as it was in his time and mind.
My favorite Lada: Pig Slaughter