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Warm and fuzzy Friday greetings to one and all!

Last week's Coffee Hour was posted by the automatronic Marko. I was off bounding through the snowdrifts and sliding down the stubby mountains on the German/Czech border. I thought perhaps this week I'd post a few photos from my trip. Seems I took about 150 pictures -- perhaps this week I'll just share a castle ruin with you and perhaps next week I'll drag out the monsters.

Keep in mind that this is a community open thread so don't bother wiping your shoes. Come in and track some snow of your own on the rugs.

Join me after the coiffed ginger hairball won't you?

Let me introduce you to Krakovec[photo-heavy link (content in Czech)]:

Built by King Václav IV's Master of the Hunt (I suppose that's how one of his many titles translates), Castellan of Křívoklát, and master builder: Jíra of Roztok, between 1381 and 1383. It was indeed the work of a master builder and was something of a minor architectural wonder for its era; featuring large windows and remarkable vaulted ceilings. Well, after being the home of Jan Hus for a time in the early 15th century before he was burned alive for heresy, and undergoing a Renaissance makeover in the 16th century, Krakovec was gutted by fire in 1783. And other than occasional use as a film backdrop or the guided tours and a rare wedding in season, the place remains the ruin you see here.


The bridge to the main gate.
 
The lock on the door.

And if I lift my camera up over a gap in the wall by the gate -- I get a view of the courtyard.
Yeah, the one day last summer I was also at this castle the entrance was as far as I got. I had a nice chat with the local Castellan who was selling tickets that day. Turns out he was closing the whole place for one of those rare weddings in just a few minutes. So I sat outside and made a sketch and watched the wedding party mill around outside until I left. But that was last summer... here's a few more pictures of Krakovec in the snow:

From the village below.

Check out that lovely local stone!
And here's a sandstone statue of Jan Hus that was recently erected -- that's kind of the back side of the castle. It overlooks the point where two streams join to form a small river:

Originally posted to Street Prophets on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:07 PM PST.

Also republished by History for Kossacks and Pink Clubhouse.

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  •  Cookie Jar (16+ / 0-)

    I hope you enjoyed my little photo diary. I reduced the multi-megabyte photos my camera takes down to around and under 100 kilobytes without playing with the contrast, brightness or color-- so, it may not be Ansel Adams or even Pigozzi-- just some snaps.

    If you'd like more pictures of my little corner of the planet please let me know in the comments and I'll have more for you next Friday.

    In the meantime, it was BLTs on whole wheat toast with sinful amounts of mayonnaise for our dinner tonight.

    And speaking of food, I did notice a reply in my spices Coffee Hour from a while back but I was too late to reply to it. Seriously, the pace of this place is a bit frantic for my lazy pace. Just wanted to say 'hi' to Ooooh and agree that cauliflower has no place in chilli.

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 12:54:41 PM PST

  •  Thanks for the photos - N/T (9+ / 0-)

    "Upward, not Northward" - Flatland, by EA Abbott

    by linkage on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:16:01 PM PST

    •  Agree with linkage (4+ / 0-)

      thanks for the pictures and the history.

      •  I thought about you (1+ / 0-)
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        and your wonderful photographs of Irish ruins as I took some of these pictures.

        Like the picture I shared in a comment bellow and the pic of the wall in the diary itself; I was thinking of how it contrasts with the lovely gray stone of your Irish ruins.

        I don't have a brain that retains numbers so I'd make a pretty rotten historian but I'm fascinated by history and particularly archaeology. I spend half my time walking around old ruins with my head down hoping to find some little artifact.

        I don't seem to have any luck though. I have better luck in my own garden oddly enough. While building my kiln I dug up a partial fossil of a shell and just a couple weeks ago, in the half-frozen muck around a stump I'm laboriously digging up over a period of years, my #2 son found a slightly chipped, glass inkwell which appears to be Victorian. Lovely little thing, I haven't found one exactly like it online but quite similar pieces, in better condition, I found on eBay for about $10 -- so perhaps not an amazing artifact. But still, a pretty cool bit of glass to dig up in your garden I thought.

        “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

        by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 10:18:08 PM PST

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  •  Hullo. (7+ / 0-)

    Nice pix, Marko. And since I don't feel like jumping your cookie jar, allow me to give a shout-out as well to Ooooh, should she happen to stop by. I believe she owes me an email. ;-p

    There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    by slksfca on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 01:51:07 PM PST

  •  I went over to my daughter's last night, (5+ / 0-)

    as I've got in the habit of doing on Thursdays.  

    Sometimes we even actually make the arrangements about who needs the car when for the weekend.

    My daughter was working on some homework with my granddaughter, and my grandson was playing around under the table - with my daughter's iPhone.  The phone was playing music, and he was bouncing and pretending to talk on the phone.  I must say, he is beginning to actually sound like he's saying words - that was definitely "hello" last night.

    He eventually forgave me for bonking his head on the table when I picked him up.  And he wouldn't let me leave till I danced with him.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 02:58:18 PM PST

    •  How old is your grandson? (1+ / 0-)
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      Without checking I seem to remember you mentioning that your granddaughter had just turned 7 a week or so ago. Lucky him for having a big sister! Although my brother-in-law did spend a considerable portion of his life stuffed into a doll sized baby carriage.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:34:13 PM PST

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      •  13 months. (1+ / 0-)
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        Yours are teenagers by now, aren't they?

        Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

        by loggersbrat on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 08:35:40 PM PST

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        •  12 and 14 (0+ / 0-)

          Give us another month or so and we'll have them both teenagers. I'm afraid they don't dance with old dad anymore. I do still get the occasional hug though.

          Yes, I suspect that by the end of the year my #1 son will be taller than me. Seems not that long ago that he still fit in the crook of my arm.

          13 months ... yep, that's a good age for dancing. I hope I stick around long enough to enjoy being a grandparent. How goes the teething with your grandkids? One's just losing them and one's just getting them I suspect.  

          “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

          by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:49:02 PM PST

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          •  All his sharp teeth are in - the misery (1+ / 0-)
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            of the molars still to come.

            She's lost two so far - recently enough the replacements aren't in yet.

            Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

            by loggersbrat on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 08:27:29 AM PST

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  •  More pictures, please! (1+ / 0-)
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    Sadly, my favorite city in the whole wide world, Bern, Switzerland cannot escape the Burger King ads. I hope Krakovec is never marred with "Chuť je král" across it's lovely old stonework.

    Lucky Angus MacPup begs to differ and would like a Whopper with cheese.

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 06:22:10 PM PST

    •  More pictures it is then. (1+ / 0-)
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      I have never been to Bern. I spent a couple days in Zurich way back in 1989, drove though a portion of Switzerland last summer while driving down to southern France-- sum total of my Swiss experience. I do have a friend or two in the place that I could excusably visit. I hear it's a rather expensive country to live in. I'm curious about Bern though. Why Bern for your favorite city in the world?

      I suppose the advertising creeps in everywhere. I remember cringing when the first McDonald's started up here. Originally we were going to be spared Burger King entirely because their parent company decided the Big Mac people had too much of a head start. But now it seems there's room enough for all. Pizza Hut gave it a limp try and I think has left completely. I think Planet Hollywood has also closed its doors. I walked past a T.G.I Friday's a couple days ago. I notice their ads occasionally but I think they're struggling a bit. I remember once overhearing some young ex-pat on a tram, thanking God that we finally got a Starbucks-- there are several more now. Plenty of coffee around here already-- better coffee I'm told. There's even a Hooters in Prague now. The decline and fall of civilization...

      I don't mind most advertising-- Czechs are supposedly getting rid of all billboards along the freeways (too distracting in a country where too many drivers seem to think they're on the German Autobahn) One thing I did notice, and was thrilled by, was the lack of graffiti on the old walls of Krakovec. And I happen to have a picture that I thought was stunningly original but turns out to be almost exactly the same as a picture featured on that web site for Krakovec Castle:

      This is the old, worn stone of the main gateway. That wee strip of gray wood on the right is part of the actual gate itself.

      That Angus MacPup pic is lovely. Eyes closed as he leans in for a sniff -- perfect! I think I'm working too hard to prevent my shadow creeping into my pictures. You've managed to take a pic with the shadow where it adds to the composition. That's not easy to do.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your photos!

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Fri Feb 22, 2013 at 09:37:17 PM PST

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      •  I love Switzerland and wish it wasn't so pricey. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mrs ruleoflaw's grandparents were from Apenzell. I got to know her Grossvater before he passed away. He was a delightful old gentleman and his accounts of the old country made us want to visit his old haunts.

        Fast-forward 20-odd years.

        After some years of scrimping and saving of Mrs r. and I, her sister w/spouse and her cousin w/spouse took a trip to the old country. Zurich is lovely, St. Gallen is lots of fun, but I sort of feel in love with Bern and it's bears. Despite the fast-food ads, the city is charming. I came for the cheese, stayed for the bears. The shooting museum is also not to be missed.

        The Barengrab Theater's production of Warten Auf Godot was just as absurd in German as it is in English. Ich spreche ein bisen Deutsch and understand even less, but I know the play in English and had no trouble following a plot that doesn't really go anywhere.
        Ach, Jah
        Pics here and here.

        Grandpa's oldest son was killed in WW2 and is buried in Brittany. We were the first members of his family to visit his grave. There are pictures in one of those links of that visit.
        Paris was fun, Brittany and Normandy are beautiful and the people there are very nice but I'd still rather be in Switzerland.

        I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

        by ruleoflaw on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 03:05:06 PM PST

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        •  Hrmph. (1+ / 0-)
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          I've got a copy of "Waiting for Godot" on my shelf. I saw a film made of a production once but I've never seen it performed live.

          It's wonderful that you had the chance to travel and visit some of the places Großvater told stories about. My memories of Zurich are mostly of all the construction around the home of the artist I wanted to visit and talking with a lovely family of Cambodian immigrants that I was staying with. I should dig through my photos and refresh my memory. I know I spent a day wandering around town, seeing the sights, with one of the people in that family.

          I should make an effort to learn some German. I understand more than I speak and that's a paltry amount for a guy who has spent probably almost a third of a year in total visiting time to German speaking countries.

          I do believe you don't have your Facebook photo albums set for viewing by the general public.

          Gotta dash off for a bit ...

          “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

          by Marko the Werelynx on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 07:45:55 AM PST

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          •  Fixed the pics, feel free to take a look. (1+ / 0-)
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            I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

            by ruleoflaw on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 06:58:32 PM PST

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            •  Thankin' ye kindly, (1+ / 0-)
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              Those were wonderful!

              I particularly liked the gargoyles.

              Were all those grinning, ornamental faces in some sort of museum? There are thousands of buildings in Prague that have little ornamental heads like that along their facades. Usually they're up over the ground floor or just under the roof ... not the best location for peeping pedestrians to take photos but I've thought I'd try and make a collection of them.

              Oddly enough, my favorite female and I visited one of our neighbors last night and did the modern version of vacation photo slide-show while sipping wine. Among the many places they'd visited briefly over the last year of so were several cities in Switzerland-- including Bern! Mostly featured was their trip to Sardinia though.

              “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

              by Marko the Werelynx on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 09:52:41 PM PST

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              •  The faces were on display in a cathedral (1+ / 0-)
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                that was being ever-so-gently cleaned. The tour guide told us they were carefully washed clean of soot and bird guano, then inspected for cracks or damage. They were on display in the cathedral gift shop until the masons were ready to put them back up.

                In this pic you can see that the cleaners had gotten up to the stony fellow's knees. Above that, he is still kinda grimy.

                I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

                by ruleoflaw on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 05:07:36 AM PST

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