The Bohemian Way of Life

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Cesky KrumlovAfter returning last month from a trip that included Lower Bohemia in the Czech Republic, I found that  many people were not even aware that there is a place that can be called Bohemian referring to a geographic area.

Growing up in an area of Chicago that was full of immigrant families from Bohemia, I just took it for granted that our neighbors from Central Europe were a friendly bunch who made great dumplings and roast pork. I treasure the recipes that were handed down to me and every once in a while toss calories to the wind and cook up a dumpling storm.

But this recent trip to Prague and Cesky Krumlov(above) not only brought back the delicious food, but a culture and architecture I knew little about. We visited Wenceslas Square, site of the 1989 Velvet Revolution, which rejected thePrague protest Communism they had been living under since 1948. This revolutionary spirit still lives on, as we found ourselves in the middle of a peaceful protest parade accompanied by beating drums which was accompanied by signs protesting a local government official. The crowds on the main pedestrian streets were friendly and took it all in stride.

But being an Architectural Historian, it was the architecture that made the trip unforgettable. Be it a church begun in the 14th century or an art deco cafe,  they were all so well preserved and achingly beautiful. We preservationists in the U.S. often say that it is poverty that is responsible for preserving our architectural heritage. If people can't afford to tear down or "improve" buildings, they still retain their integrity, even if they need to be repaired or restored to their former glory. I saw a real effort by the government and private owners to maintain the treasures of Bohemia.  The following are some of the beautiful vistas of Prague.

St. VitusPrague gateway

cafe marquee  Theatre

Mall domePrague cafe

Brought to you by Carolyn Roland, Your Older and Historic Homes Resource for Delaware and Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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We loved Prague, went in winter just after new year a couple of years ago and would love to go back when it was a little warmer. Beautiful city, and wonderful food.

Jun 19, 2018 11:15 AM #1
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It actually got really warm the 2nd week of May and definitely worth a trip back!

Jun 19, 2018 11:21 AM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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There is something extra special about classic European architecture.  They built to withstand time.  Here in the United States, we are lucky to get 30 years out of a building before they figure it's time to tear it down and rebuild.

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