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Winter Travels part III – Viagens de Inverno III

January 15, 2013

Liberec, Czech Republic

And, finally, Czech Republic. I went to visit a wonderful friend of mine in Liberec, a town in Northern Czech Republic or, as I like to call it, “Fairy Tale Land”.It was the first time I had been there in the winter. In spite of my usual aversion to non-Mediterranean cold seasons, I actually had a fantastic time, playing in the snow and enjoying mulled wine. We did some knitting and baking, visited Prague and pubs in small nearby villages.

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The view over Liberec, while sledding.

E, finalmente, a República Checa. Fui visitar uma grande amiga na cidade de Liberec, no norte da República Checa ou, como eu gosto de lhe chamar “a terra dos contos-de-fada”. Foi a primeira vez que lá estive no inverno. Apesar da minha aversão habitual a estações frias fora do Mediterrâneo, diverti-me imenso na neve, a andar de trenó e apreciar vinho aquecido.Fizemos tricot, bolos, visitamos Praga e pubs em pequenas aldeias.

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In Liberec I visited the local museum. We saw a traditional nativity scene animated mechanically, a great exhibition on Czechs and gulags and *surprise* a room dedicated to the textile production of the region, which was once very impressive . All that is left now are the surreal, enormous empty factories. There were carders, spinning wheels and probably the biggest loom I have ever seen.

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The loom at the Museum in Liberec

Fomos visitar o museu de Liberec um dia. Vi um presépio tradicional animado mecanicamente, uma exposição sobre os Checos e os gulags e *surpresa* uma sala dedicada à produção têxtil da região, que foi em tempos impressionante. O que resta agora são as fábricas abandonadas e enormes, quase surreais. Vimos cardas, rodas def iar, e o maior tear de sempre.

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Spinning wheel, the Museum in Liberec

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2013 12:48 am

    Wonderful photos. I love the snow covered house.

    • January 16, 2013 8:55 pm

      Thanks =)
      I loved it too – it was on top of a beautiful mountain, isolated and very peaceful.

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