Bone Chapel / Kutná Hora

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After our time in Germany we travelled by train to the Czech Republic. While there we visited the town of Kutná Hora in the Central Bohemian region. The town is famous for its silver mining and the St. Barbara Church, however the main appeal for us was Sedlec Ossuary AKA The Bone Chapel. 

Stepping into the underground Bone Chapel is like stepping onto a set of Game of Thrones. The ossuary contains an estimated 40,000-70,000 skeletons - the bones of which have been 'artistically' arranged as decoration in the chapel. Many of these people perished during the black plague and were buried in the abbey cemetery but the mass grave was later unearthed. The stacking of the bones was originally done by the half-blind monks however it was Frantisek Rint who later designed the 'decorations'.

The chandelier that hangs in the middle of the room contains at least one of every bone in the human body. Inside there is also a coat of arms and also a cabinet of skulls and bones that belonged to persons injured or killed in battle (see skulls with arrow holes or sword cuts above). Unbelievably fascinating place! More from the Czech Republic to come.




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I had the pleasure of taking over the Zero UV instagram account while I was back in London recently and we hit a few familiar and not so familiar sites. Of course buckingham palace, big ben and oxford circus are hotspots. Although a lot of time was spent in the funky Shoreditch in East London where we explored the markets, spotted a Banksy and ate delicious bagels on brick lane. I also finally visited  Abbey Road and took the typical crossing photo ...  had to be done! For more photos check out the Zero UV feed here and to shop the styles head to their website here. Safe travels to to all! 




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Our last day in Berlin was Sunday which was the grand finale of the Carnival of Cultures! The huge parade started at noon and went till 9pm. The parade showcased the diversity of the cultures in the city of Berlin. We saw rollerbladers from Berlin, dancers from the amazon, drummers from Brazil and huge dancing acts from china! The atmosphere was electric on the streets and people from all walks of life were in attendance, celebrating life and Berlin. 

 Since it was a brilliant and sunny afternoon we made our way to Mauerpark for Berlin’s famous public Karaoke in the park! It typically runs from 3-6pm but everyone was having such an amazing time that it didn’t finish till almost 8pm! It was bliss, sitting in the sun and singing and cheering on the brave volunteers! It’s definitely a ‘must-do’ when in Berlin. 



Bikes in BERLIN

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Day 3 in Berlin was a Saturday so we woke up and made our way to Maybachufer for the Arts & Craft Markets set along the canal. There was everything from fabric, to sunglasses, to home made turbans to sweets. Since it was the Carnival of Cultures weekend the festivities were spaced over 4 days. We spent the afternoon in Kreuzberg at the market listening to music, browsing the stalls and eating foreign dishes! 

In the afternoon we joined a Fat Tire Food Tour, jumping on bikes and cycling through the city from stop to stop eating new food each time! We learnt about the Turkish population in Berlin over hummus & falafel then rode to our next stop for a german ‘tapas’ style dinner with a little taste of everything. Whizzing through the city with fellow travellers was very exciting and a must-do when in Berlin.




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Day 2 in Berlin! We made our way to Berlin’s oldest restaurant, Zur Letzen Instanz, in business since 1621 it has welcomes many famous guests including Napoleon and Goethe. I decided I had to try a Berlin favourite, Eisbein, pork knuckle with yellow mashed peas and bacon. I knew it would be a big meal when I ordered it but the pork knuckle was the size of my head! After such a huge lunch we decided to walk it off by wandering along the East Side Gallery – the gallery of the artwork on the remains of the Berlin Wall. 

We ended the day at Clärchen’s Ballhaus, an old ballroom turned restaurant-slash-disco! We drank wine in the afternoon in the lovely outdoor section with fairylights and vines covering the building, followed by dinner. I ordered something I loved when I was in Germany last; kaesespaetzle! It’s almost like the german version of mac & cheese and made with egg noodles. Amazing! As the sun went down we made our way inside to hit the dance floor with travellers and locals alike.