Kutna Hora

Chrám svaté Barbory (Saint Barbara Cathedral), Kutná Hora, Czech Republic, published in 1941 vs. the 1st of January 2020

Photos: Kurt Hielscher & meGuess I was lucky here twice. First, I wasn't here during the summer when the leaves would have totally obstructed the view on the magnificent Saint Barbara Cathedral. Second, there was an amazing fireworks that evening just after sunset because of new year's celebrations. The whole of the city went out to the Barborská, a beautiful promenade next to the Cathedral with a view on the opposing hill wherefrom the fireworks were lit. I'll put down some photos in the comment section.I had bad luck as well. Starting 2020 it wasn't allowed anymore to take photos within the famous Kostnice Sedlec, the bonechurch, and the guards were strict on this. It was the first day of their new policy. As a youngster I visited the church in 1991 with school. 40.000 human skeletons exhibited as artdecorations. At the time the weather was cold and foggy and we were the only visitors. It also was more dimly lit and kind of messy to complete the spooky atmosphere. In a corner bones were piled up. For photos of its interior check Sedlec Ossuary Project or the offical website www.sedlec.infoTo find the right spot wasn't so easy. I left Kim and the boys for a coffee and a hot chocolate in a bar on the central square when I tried to find the place where Kurt Hielscher made his photo. It was a nice walk with a beautiful view on the Cathedral and the Saint James Church, the Kostel sv. Jakuba. (see photo in the comment section below) I had crossed the Vrchlice river and followed its stream even further than the path's ending till I had the angle right only to notice that I did not have enough height. By far not. I had to go up some way, but how? When I looked up there were only fenced private grounds. Dusk came and I almost gave up till I saw a small path going up. I wasn't sure if I was allowed to use it. That feeling became stronger when I passed a traintrack where I made a beautiful serene photo (see below). The heighth became better, the angle not yet. I arrived in a kind of park with trails surrounding the hill. Later it turned out that the foreworks were lit from here. It was not easy to get a view through the woods, but I had found the exact same place. It was hard to make a good photo through the branches though. I ran back to my family in the bar where they just finished their drinks and it was time to leave to the Cathedral to see the fireworks, which we enjoyed a lot. It was a beautiful day!For now this was my last post fom Czech Republic. Kurt Hielscher made a few more in for example Brno, Olomouc, Karlovy Vary, Karlštejn and Cheb but unfortunately I will not be able to come back to the Czech Republic soon to make those photos too. Let me know if you can. Thanks!Zdravím,Casper 

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher