0430 The Medieval Parade (Czech 002—revisit)

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From Warsaw I was only able to get an overnight bus back to Prague, but from here I manage to quickly find a bus to Brno, Czech Republic’s second largest city. 


I visited in Brno in my 2006 Eastern Europe trip and toured the city fairly thoroughly.  But hopefully I’ll make some new discoveries along with revisits to the old…

 

I head from the bus station straight up into the Old City… up the steep hill to the open air market set up around another multiple sculpture “pillar monument” like the one in Vienna… On a nearby ridge  the spires of Brno’s gothic cathedral pierce the sky…


From there I continue on up towards the castle, which is built on a hill surrounded by a wooded park area.

  It’s a large castle but not  very photogenic as it lacks the turrets and towers that make for a spectacular castle shot… but it is a fun place to explore--  and you get a nice view of the city…

Back down into the city I wander the alleys a bit more and take some shots of the plaza and the more Eastern European style cathedral with a single needlelike spire.

 

Brno seems to be lacking the trademark architectural style of Prague--  the Dracula style towers and cathedrals, in fact I find it difficult to see a distinctly Czech character of the city…

 

I see a commotion up near the main plaza.  I get closer and see… there’s a renaissance parade about to take place!  It looks like at this time a year, the locals dress of as 15th century soldiers and peasants and parade through the streets…  It’s an interesting sight--  and definitely a way to make my second visit to Brno memorable…

 

I don’t have enough Czech currency on me for a proper meal, so I opt for a Turkish sandwich instead… and am surprised to hear the sandwich maker speaking in Moroccan Arabic.

  We get to talking and he tells me that he’s Algerian.  A Palestinian fellow comes and joins the conversation.  They tell me of the ups and downs of trying to live and work here in Czech Republic.

 

“I still have my family in Gaza” the Palestinian fellow tells me “I wouldn’t want to bring them here--  it would be hard for them to adapt”…

 

I’m a bit taken aback by his assessment… Unless I’m seriously misinformed, living in Gaza couldn’t possibly be better than living in Brno!

 

It’s nice to be able to meet some folks here--  although I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t have the chance to talk more with native Czechs… But overall it’s been a pleasant second visit to this cool little country…

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