The Missus seemed a bit pooped on our first morning in Brno, so I decided to let Her sleep in a bit and took a walk around the neighborhood.
There were quite a few apartments in the area we were staying. A street parallel to ours seemed to be one of the main avenues in the area; with quite a bit of bus and tram traffic. There were a good number of little shops on the street, several bakeries, convenience stores, a burger place, and the little shop with the humorous name to the right....at least you can't accuse them of false advertising, can you?
I got a couple cups of coffee and a pastry for the Missus...no, not from Junk Food Cafe.....
Bolstered by caffeine, we soon headed off, back up the street named Husova. While walking up the hill, something caught my attention.....
I pointed out this mannequin seated on a chimney which looked like a commode.
We walked off to one of the side streets to take a better photo of...well, what was it, an art piece? A political statement? Or perhaps yet another example of the quirky, sometimes odd, but totally funny Czech sense of humor?
Before getting to the main intersection which heads up to Cathedral of St Peter and Paul, we headed up some steps on the side of the road and ended up in a nice little park. We came to find out the name of the park is Denisovy Sady - Denis Park.
The park is situated on part of what was the city walls and was built between 1814 and 1818....which is pretty significant. There's is a obelisk in the park which was built in 1818 to commemorate Naploleon's defeat. You can read more about the park and the French occupation of Brno here.
There were some nice views from the park; this one is facing the area where our apartment was located. Though, I'm not sure what it looked like from above.
A street or two above the park is the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. Which I mentioned, along with a neat story about why the noon bells ring at 11am in this post.
We took a quick look inside.....
Then headed to the back area of the Cathedral...where we noticed gardens and terraces nad also a nice view. This is to the area at the intersection of Husova and Nadrazni..... I'm not quite sure why that tram goes right through the grass on the street, I thought it odd.
To the left you can see the train station, which we thought was kind of seedy. Also, the Tesco at which we shopped is also in view.
Notice also the stairs heading down from the former city walls. We knew that the Nadrazni went right around Petrov Hill, but never knew what a short distance it was....we'd found a faster way to Freedom Square! We ended up going down the stairs, past the still closed shops...passing Malinovsky Square along the way. On the square resides Mahen Theatre, a significant building....it was the first theatre in Europe to be completely lit by "Edison Bulbs", electric light bulbs. In fact, Thomas Edison actually designed the plans to light the theatre.
We were headed to a green belt/park area to the east of Petrov Hill....
It was along this area where Zdenek had indicated that the "Cabbage Market" had relocated while the original location was being renovated.. At the end of the park we noticed booths and tents set-up.
We ended up getting some tomatoes and headed off to our next stop; Špilberk Castle. Overlooking Brno, the castle has a long history.
The paths up were an easy little walk; though I was glad it wasn't raining anymore. The walkways would be pretty slippery when wet.
There were several monuments on the way up. This one is of Jean-Louis Raduit de Souches, who if you're keeping score saved Brno from the Swedes during the Thirty Years War.
The castle currently houses the Brno City Museum. I castle is quite understated and not quite what you'd think upon hearing the word "castle".
The view though is wonderful.
Appropriately named, this little market chain has a nice collection of upscale and health food products, nice meats, cheeses, and beer. The folks here were really nice, even though no one spoke any English, it was easy communicating and getting what we wanted.
Sklizeno Foodie Market
Brno, Czech Republic
With leftovers from the previous day, tomatoes from the Cabbage Market, and some salumi from Sklizeno, we ended up having a very nice lunch.
Which provided us a perfect reason for a nap!