Friday, June 15, 2012

Czech Republic-Village of Uherske Hradiste

After leaving Vienna we headed to this village, it's the factory's location that Bill had business with. I toured the  village on my own... the next day, while he went to work.  I was so jet-lagged that I slept the 1st day there away - however that next day...what fun & adventure I had!! The village was made up of squares, beautifully cobbled stoned areas. The land of asphalt & concrete of Canada was nowhere to be seen in Uherske Hradiste!  In the squares were monuments & sitting areas. I was caught in rain storms both days, glad you reminded me to take that umbrella Bev! it was used daily till the day I left--which was full sun now for a week after we leave. Oh well you can't control weather, just breathe & take it all in & the sights I saw!! Here we go with the visual tour....
 Huge monument in one of the center squares, just around the corner from our hotel
 Standing at the monument--looking in another direction, yes all cobblestone, done in different stones & designs. Such a visual pleasure to work about.
 Another photo from center monument
 This is a close up of the center of the monument, its been wired & barred---don't know the story. I did try to find a book of the area in English, with no luck. I'll try again on the next trip.
 Old stone walls are everywhere as the ornate buildings, not Vienna although beautifully quaint & the colours!
The red building caught my eye & was on the same street as our hotel(which was a new one)
 The front yards are done with design & colour too & the cobblestone, did I mention the cobblestone lol!
 The entry way to the red building, very few people spoke English. So my inquiry mind does not know! the who's & what's of things, all visual for me too.
 The design of the building & the entry fronts with the ornate work, rounded windows & arched doors, WOW!
 The rain couldn't dampen my awe to this village.

 Top end of the square
 Small specialty shops line the squares with alley's doing the same.
 Evergreens & monuments...small cars everywhere
 I don't know how to say this building in Czech, however it's important, as is the next...
 Many people coming & going from here
 The balcony looks to be a place to make announcements & again the arched windows & door with ornate manly sculptures
 The village art gallery, this is a bronze fountain, just outside
 She looks to be unwinding & coming to life.
 One of the village churches, just a stones throw from the hotel. Church bells ring daily on the 1/4 hour, heard them for 2 days then was so use to them had to listen for them!
 Monument outside the church
 Sidewalks are narrow, nice for hand holding ;-)
 The center sculpture made me chuckle as I viewed it, flower boxes everywhere to, splashes of colour all about
Close up of a corner building starting the square
 See the shops all in a line after the corner, my drapery store was further down. I'll show the curtains next post.
 Yes I found the fabric shop!! Quilting is just beginning there, oh I wish I could stay longer & share the North American art I was introduced to 2004.
 This is Kristyna measuring out traditional ribbon for me to take back to Canada, the shop was called Krojovy textil & I was there twice! She spoke English I told me of the Traditional Dress & Celebrations. I looked for the book she had in Czech, maybe next trip I'll find it.
Between the pillars are the new collection of cottons for quilting.
 Variety of fabrics
 Traditionally dressed dolls
 More fabrics
 She was so helpful & pleasant - behind Kristyna are many ribbons & trims for the area traditional costume.
 Cutting more ribbon for me, this was my last visit to this wonderful shop...I'll be back!
 Slovakia country side as we leave for the Vienna Airport
 Look at this sweet cast iron mailbox in a village in Austra, close to the airport.
Here's Bill in his 1st class pod, no jet lag for him...until tomorrow, when Canada's 6 hour difference catches up to us!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had a great adventure! Need more people in your pics - get Bill to pose for you :)