Monday, September 28, 2015

brno CZ - brünn

visiting brno aka brünn in southeast czech republic, the current capitol of the province morava (mähren). the former capitol of morava was olmütz (olomouc), but after the swedes destroyed it during the so called 30 years' war from 1618 to 1648 in the 17th century, brno took over the moravian leadership.

just in case you are not sure how loong wars looked like in a gold standard financial system: it was NOT continuous fighting over 30 years (or 100 years in the 100 years' war). it were series of wars with fighting mostly in the summer time and a break in the winter, where the armies went home. of course a war lasted only so long till the emperors could pay its soldiers (with gold/silver) and thus the war ended when the countries went bankrupt as the most fighting countries eventually did. of course, there was also a lot of looting and murdering of civil population as  the armies went through the respective region (e.g. the sack of magdeburg in 1631, when 25,000 out of its 30,000 inhabitants were killed ;-( ... so sad).
btw, the 30 years' war was initially about religion (protestant christians against catholic christians), later simply about power in europe as the then catholic france joined the protestant alliance. well, if the many fortuneteller are right, the upcoming WW3 will be about religion too (christians against muslims) and will lead to the NWO which enslaves the people all over europe, north america, middle east, ...)
brünn around 1700 (source wikipedia)
 the straying tomcat pub ~ is it me?
straying tomcat beer? yep, they import the tasty kocour beer (tomcat beer) from the brewery pivovar kocour in varnsdorf (warnsdorf)
j. gruber deli food? why not? good-luck, my dear namesake 😃
 castle spielberg (today spilberk) and brno survived the swedish siege in 1645 (30 years' war)
what a nice church, nicer then the brno dome i climbed up in the morning
town hall
the brno dragon is a croc, if you asked me :-)
train station area
the grave of alexander dubcek, the slovak politician and most promising candidate for the 1st president of slovakia after the communist era, killed in a car 'accident' close to the city of humpolec

more brno pictures here.
my whole 2+ weeks trip in czech republic + poland slovakia here.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

vsetin CZ ~ wsetin, settein

next stop on my eastern europe trip? vsetin (wsetin, settein, setteinz) in eastern czech republic :-=)

this small sleepy city used to play ice-hockey very well few years ago. they have won the czech league 6 times between 1995 - 2001 as jiri dopita from nearby sumperk played for its HC petra vsetin team.
strange clouds awaited me in vsetin
city centre
let's walk over the river up to the hill with 2 or 3 churches + the vsetin castle
the castle:
back to the centre: a war victims memorial
heading for bratislava (slovakia) i've made a loooong break for non-alcoholic beer and a bath in a cooold lake (we have end of september, my dears). it was probably close to ostrozska nova ves, i think
brewery cerna hora (black mountain aka montenegro) 1530 vs. 1298, find the mistake :-) 232?

more pictures here

Saturday, September 26, 2015

kremsier - kromeriz - CZ

cultural highlight of our old boys + girls class meeting in rusava? the nearby unesco's world cultural heritage site of kremsier (kromeriz) in eastern CZech republic:
the historic city square
the entry to the beautiful bishop's palace founded in 1260 by Bruno von Schauenburg, bishop of nearby olomouc / olmütz
 back to the city square, heading for a brewery :-)
inside, finally => cheers :-)
green river? fine, maybe there is all year long the st. patrick's day ...
more pictures here

rusava CZ

two nights class meeting after 20+ years in €uro-free czech republic? soooo nice, soooooo cheap :-)
 the hotel is located in a nice low mountains area in morava (mähren), ideal for hiking for elderly folks like us :-)
my small room
 nice wellness area
a juke box party with avon cosmetics ladies, waiters/waitresses and a group of martial artists till late night hours :-)

and yes, because of the rainy wheather instead of hiking we decided to visit the nearby unesco's world cultural heritage city of kremsier / kromeriz.

rusava, i hope to see ya in two years again :-)

few more pictures here

Friday, September 25, 2015

olomouc CZ - olmütz in sudeten

next stop on my way through the german history (sudety - sudeten) of today's czech republic? the city of olomouc (olmütz) 😄
the plague trinity column at the main city square is unesco's world cultural heritage
a strange astronomical clock with its communist motives :-)
jewish victims of nazism ~ signs in front of old jewish houses
my friends and travel guides through mohelnice, sternberg, olomouc :-)
law faculty? here they have a nice student cafe inside :-)
more pictures here