Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label architecture. Show all posts

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crashing My Brother and Sister-in-Law's New House

Today I want to give you a little glimpse into my brother and sister-in-law's new "old" house. They just moved in this year and have a lot of plans with the place. I love this charming house as much as they do.

If you missed reading about their last "old" home, then you can catch up by clicking HERE.

The previous owner won an award from the city for the restoration 
and modern renovation of this old home:

They have a courtyard which is secured and surrounded by high walls 
and this is the front door to the courtyard entrance that my son is trying to open:

There is a nice wooden patio and fire pit in the front courtyard:

The front entrance door:

My grandfather's dueling fraternity chair which is standing in my brother's office.

The former nunnery dining hall which is now their dining room has beautiful arched windows and the door you can see in the photo below lead to the chapel which is now their living room:

The original and former chapel ceiling:

The dining room ceiling:

To the left of the above photo is a floor door to a cellar which was most likely used by the nuns to keep food cooled and stored and they are hoping to use it as a wine cellar one day:

And then they have a second  spooky descend to another basement area. 
My kids love it and call it very creepy:

Their kitchen is very modern and the dining room and kitchen are heated with radiant heat floors:

Do you recognize the horse fruit bowl that I have on our coffee table? I found another one and brought them one.

The staircase to the former sleeping quarters of the nuns:

The sleeping quarters are now their bathroom, sauna and bedrooms:

Their walk-in closet which still needs a ceiling light:

A gorgeous free standing bathtub: 

Staircase looking down:

The neighboring rooftops and vegetable gardens:

They don't know that much about the history of the building. They are actually still researching it. All they do know is that it was once owned by a Franciscan nunnery called St. Josefskongregation who dedicated their lives' work to taking care of people with disabilities. Seven of their nuns were able to live here.

The property had a devastating house fire and the previous owners restored the property lovingly which earned them the above mentioned award from the city.

Here are some of the old photos to show you how bad it was:

I didn't take the photo from far enough to show you the little bell tower on the left.

I'd love to find out who owned the property before the nuns. I think my brother will write to them to see if they have any more information. I'll keep you posted.

I hope you enjoyed this little house crash as much as I did.



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Monday, August 26, 2013

Visit to Praha written by my son

Hi friends, I have one last travel post for you as we prepare for our trip back to the US.

Just like I mentioned last week my little man wanted to write about his trip to Praha (Prague). He loved it and is so excited to tell you all about it. So here he goes:

Hello to all of my mom’s readers out there in the blogosphere. I'm the little man of the house and I want to show you some of my favorite places that we went to in Praha.

Prague castle was HUGE, so huge that it is the biggest castle on earth according to Guinness World Records.

inside the Palace where the Bohemian kings and royalty met
This is Golden Lane (that's where all the workers lived) in Praha castle and it was my favorite part.

In Praha my dad and I had many good dishes (mostly Czech specialties) that I have never tried before: 
  • 1st day lunch was pork, dumplings, and sauerkraut in a gravy at U Dvou Sester (ONE OF THE BEST MEALS EVER!)
  • 2nd day lunch at  the Medieval Tavern and had two smoked sausages (BEST SAUSAGES EVER!)
  • 3rd  day dinner was at Kotleta and I ate duck leg with dumplings in a gravy (BEST DINNER EVER! Ok I loved it all and can't really make up my mind)

St. Nicholas is one of the nicest churches in the world in my opinion and my dad agrees. 

We also took the "Ghost & Legends Tour" at night and it was reeeally scary!!!! One of the legends that was told is the story of "Jan Mydlar the executioner"(1572-†1664). He was sent to Praha to study medicine. He fell in love with a girl who was going to be executed for poisoning her cheating husband so Jan became a headsman to save her but failed. Surprisingly he became one of the most famous executioners ever because of his knowledge of medicine and the human body. And on the 21st of June 1621 he executed 27 nobleman which became the most famous execution in Praha history. The King had their heads displayed on the Prague Old Town Bridge Tower to send the message "don’t mess with me". (I can handle the scary history and ghost stories though, so no biggy!)

This was on Charles Bridge and we saw an amazing double rainbow. 
Charles Bridge was really nice it is similar to the one in Würzburg but better. 

It was also cool to go and visit the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora with my dad and here is some of the strange history:

In 1278, Henry, the abbot of the Cistercian monastery in Sedlec, was sent to the Holy Land by King Otakar II of Bohemia. He returned with him a small amount of earth he had removed from Golgotha and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. The word of this pious act soon spread and the cemetery in Sedlec became a desirable burial site throughout Central Europe.

After the Black Death (14th century) and the Hussite Wars (15th century) thousands were buried in the cemetery. (there was even a showcase of skulls from the Hussite Wars)
After 1511, the task of exhuming skeletons and stacking their bones in the chapel was given to a half-blind monk of the order.
In 1870, František Rint, a woodcarver, was employed to put the bone heaps into order, yielding a macabre result.

It was the most scary and also beautiful thing I ever saw!
We saw so many great things and these were just some of my favorites.
I can't wait to show this post (and the ones my mom wrote) to my friends in school. I learned so much on my vacation and now I even know how to write a blog post.
I can't wait for our trip to Europe next year but back to school I am in three days :(

So that was my favorite little man and I'm so proud of him and how he enjoys all the traveling and different foods.

Wish us luck on our trip back tomorrow.
Talk to you soon.



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