Cesky Krumlov is a lovely town located on the Vltava River in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Our short stay in Cesky Krumlov was the highlight of our trip for Cathy. This historic town is absolutely gorgeous and the buildings are impeccably well-maintained and restored. We easily walked the old town several times and never got bored.
The Old Jewish Cemetery was established in Josefov, Prague’s former Jewish ghetto in the fifteenth century. The oldest tombstone dates back to 1439 and marks the grave of the poet Avigdor Kara. I was left in awe at the number of tombstones on such a small area of land. There are about 12,000 tombstones and an estimated 100,000 burials. Since space was at a premium, bodies were buried on top of each other. It is estimated the graves are layered about 12 deep.
A short journey from Prague, Karlštejn Castle was built by Charles IV from 1348 to 1357 to safeguard the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire. The castle’s current look is the result of a neo-Gothic reconstruction by Josef Mocker between 1887 and 1899.
The John Lennon Wall is located in Mala Strana near the French Embassy in Prague. Since John Lennon’s murder by Mark David Chapman in 1980, the wall has filled up with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and song lyrics.