Hiram M Chittenden Locks, Seattle

‘We have to go to the Chittenden Locks tomorrow’, I was told by my Auntie Lucy, who I’m staying with while I visit Seattle. ‘It’s amazing, there are osprey and sometimes seals and there are nesting belted kingfishers’ and the exciting list emphasised by her enthusiasm went on . . . ending with, ‘and sometimes there are logs’. I laughed at this point, I’ve never heard such excitement when talking about logs. Continue reading “Hiram M Chittenden Locks, Seattle”

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Prague Museums

Do you like cities with beautiful architecture, plenty of museums and beer? Well you would like Prague. For me a trip away doesn’t necessarily mean a long relax, instead it tends to be a mad dash to see as much as a city has to offer as possible. This usually includes at least a handful of museums. I crammed a lot into three days and this is my list, in no particular order, of the highlights. Continue reading “Prague Museums”

Beer Museum, Prague

I’ve got a confession . . . I don’t like beer. I wish I did, but no matter which I try I’m not a fan. Could a museum change my mind? There are two Beer Museums in Prague, one is pretty much a pub (probably called a museum because of the variety of beer it has on offer). I went to the other, the one that was a museum with two underground themed bars where you are given 4 different types of beer for a beer tasting session. Continue reading “Beer Museum, Prague”

Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora

It may be macabre, but Sedlec Ossuary was at the top of my list for things to visit in and around Prague. My Masters dissertation was on repositories that care for human remains and the guidance that is followed in relation to these remains. This has fuelled an interest in the display of human remains and how they are perceived by the general public. There are an abundance of ossuaries in Europe, in comparison to the two in the UK. This memento mori in Sedlec is particularly spectacular due to the decorative arrangement of the remains. Continue reading “Sedlec Ossuary, Kutna Hora”