, West Virginia
October 4, 2004
The park is about 2km northeast of the center of town. At the entrance to the small protected area, a sign says, "Park Chraneny Statem," but Libosad is the lyrical name.
We lingered on the path reading famous sayings on mounted plaques: "There’s no greater mistake than to stop trying." (Goethe) Another longer one is by Ben Franklin. Rare plants are cultivated here, and it is a great place to do nothing but relax and enjoy the outdoors -- bring a book!
The summer house
Valdstejn designed the park (1620s) as the site for his baroque summer home. The building is not open for tours.
Valdstejn is not buried here, but in a nearby monastery chapel.
Don’t you just love an old European promenade! We enjoyed many tree-lined walks in the Czech Republic. Even the smallest towns have at least one. This one is flanked by four rows of linden trees, one on each side of the pedestrian walkway and one on each side of the well-used bike path that traverses the entire country.
(Ask at Tourist Info in the chateau on Waldstejn Square for rentals.) Through the trees, we peeked at residences with their own private gardens. At the end of the walk, we were only a block from Hotel Jicin and the center of town.
In an old graveyard in Bohemia . . .
Our driver knew how to find this site. If you don’t hire a driver, but instead rent a car or bike, anyone can give you directions to this small cemetery or another like it. Just ask to see graves of soldiers of the Battle of 1866. Along a two-lane road, trees not trimmed keep the ground too moist and shade the chapel with mysterious darkness.
This graveyard seems to accommodate Germans and Austrians, who fought on different sides. Swastikas decorate some of their tombstones with notes that they "died for their Kaiser and their Fatherland" on dates in June and July, 1866. One tombstone has thirteen names, who died young fighting Austrians and Prussians for the German Bund.
The little town of Jicin had so many bodies that nobody knew what to do with them. Residents are still telling the story.
From journal Jicin and the Bohemian Paradise