Sunday, October 25, 2009
Benátky nad Jizerou. My husband has been reading a book on Johann Kepler so we took a trip to to this small town to find out what it feels like to be there. Kepler was here. And Tycho Brahe, too. A chateau and a park have a nice genius loci but the town itself gives a kind of a sad feeling. We went to a museum in the chateau. I have to say I like these museums, sort of on the edge of everything, little neglected and dusty, fighting to survive culturally and economically. Mixture of natural and cultural history with a special room on astronomy. Fossilized snails, celtic oppidum and interactive panel with Brahe's solar system. Domik was putting together a big castle blocks and I could look and read in quiet. Coffee in the down town and ready to rush home.
By the way, the book is supposed to be very good.
And if you were wandering what it is on the first and last pictures, they are sgraffiti on the facade of the chateau. Hunting scenes, 1572.