Sunday, February 19, 2012

In the Beginning, there was Darkness Over All ...

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS DARKNESS OVER ALL and from this darkness (hereinafter referred to as the insomniac's  sleep-deprived mind) there emerged - well, quite frankly, nothing. After countless sleepless nights skulking through other blogs and thinking “should take a crack at one of these blog thingies - how hard can it possibly be?” it is, apparently, much more difficult than previously imagined. How does one actually start off? Where does one begin? The proper tone must be established from the onset so the reader knows what to expect. The initial post must capture their attention and somehow deter them from scurrying away into the night, in hopes of discovering something even slightly more entertaining to spend their valuable time on. The pressure is almost enough to make one throw up one's hands in despair and abandon the idea altogether.

It would appear the wisest course of action would be to stick with lots of pretty pictures and very little verbiage, to avoid having potential readers flee in horror. And hopefully, in future posts the words will flow more readily and there will be an abundance of useful information to be gleaned on a number of obscure topics dear to the insomniac's  heart.

Without further ado, here are a few pictures from a recent trip to the Czech Republic and, more specifically, the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora, a favourite destination. Even though the insomniac  has been fortunate enough to experience the ossuary twice already, she hopes to make at least one more pilgrimage before she “shufflel's off this mortall coile”. Perhaps next time in the winter, when there are fewer tourists ruining her somewhat feeble attempts at Artistic Photography.

Massive chandelier in the nave ...

Closeup of massive chandelier ...

It is estimated 40,000 skeletons were used to create all the decorations in the ossuary.
Why aren't there jobs like that around anymore?

Damned tourists, mucking up an otherwise extremely artistic
photo of a Baroque candelabra in the shape of a Gothic tower ...

The insomniac  wants one of these in her  attic ...

The church has a shabby decayed-looking beauty ...

Schwarzenberg Coat of Arms
and skulls neatly stacked to the rafters ...

Skull finial on the front gates ...

Formidable looking spider hanging from the
horizontal bones under the skull on the right ...

For further information on the ossuary, visit Kutná Hora is a short bus trip from Prague and is a beautiful town to stroll through after visiting the ossuary. It has some small antique shops, the beautiful Gothic Church of St. Barbara should not be missed and there is a small bridge with some interesting statues that are picture-worthy as well. The Gulash Soup is a definite must on a chilly day, should you happen upon a restaurant that serves it. Mmmmmm ... beer and gulash soup.

Bridge Statue I
Bridge Statue II
Church of St. Barbara

And thus ends the first (and rather pedestrian, one might add) attempt at a post. If you've managed to make it through to the bitter end, please accept the insomniac's  unending gratitude. If you have a chance, please stop by the Attic to peruse some of the souvenirs that were shipped home from the Czech Republic this trip. Sadly, the life-sized skulls from Ye Olde Ossuary Gift Shoppe both broke in transit, although this one still manages to look quite fetching with his missing teeth, regardless. Quite possibly the veil helps.

Until next time, the insomniac  wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.


PostScript: Aaron, you have left this mortall coile far too soon - may you forever Rest In Peace.


  1. ...♥...
    SO MANY bones

    1. Wow, you made it back to the very beginning! Hopefully it wasn't because you were suffering from insomnia ... ;o)