I just returned from a wild European adventure. After visits in London and Vienna, my family took the train to Prague. I had no idea what to expect. To say it was breathtakingly beautiful would be an understatement, but I also found contrasting elements of horror that would make you shiver on a sunny day.
St. Vitrus Cathedral has been protected for centuries by Prague Castle. Shrouded in fog, the Gothic structure would be a perfect location for a frightful night. Luckily we visited in the morning.
On the other side of the castle grounds, we found the Golden Lane. Shops and museum displays alternated in a haphazard row.
Inside one of the buildings, I found a most horrific chair. It looked used! I wonder who the last victim was and when it took place. Poor soul.
Then I found a most disturbing medieval collection. How many torture chamber items do you see?
From Prague Castle, we walked to the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Inside the Holocaust Memorial, 77,297 names of victims covered the walls with their date of birth and the date they were taken by train to the extermination camps from 1942-1944.
To make life somewhat tolerable in the ghetto concentration camp at Terezin, elders taught children classes similar to school. Although all of the children died in the camps, their art has been memorialized.
It was an intensely emotional experience. Here is the database to check for your loved ones.
On a lighter note!
The cemetery was cram-packed with gravestones toppling over each other. Nothing like a creepy graveyard to get me in the Halloween spirit.
Over 100,000 bodies are buried in this small space, stacked up to twelve deep.
I’ve walked through many cemeteries, but this one topped them all. The grass even seemed possessed.
How classic to find a black cat in a cemetery! It seemed to pose for me.
While wending our way back, I discovered a creepy hooded character. It wasn’t a Halloween decoration but an advertisement for a ghost museum. Yep. It was a hard pass for me. LOL!
After two world wars, Europeans probably don’t need Halloween to bring horror to mind. Reminders of death surround them.
Have you been to Prague? Do you think there’s some truth to Halloween and why Americans embrace it more than Europeans?
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