Veranda - Winter at a traditional Czech mountain cottage (chalupa) 2
Czech Republic
Here is the veranda. There are probably hundreds or thousands of cottages in the Czech Republic similar to this one. This one is special because it belongs to my in-laws, and we get to use it! This cottage is on a hill near the end of the road, towards the top of the hill, in the village of Orlicky which is in Orlicke hory (the Orlicke mountains) near the border of Poland. This used to be Sudetenland. Maybe the original residents of this house were German - who knows. The history of such stuff is not recorded very carefully. As we know, history books are written by the winners. Anyway, the house still stands, and it is mostly as it was a hundred years ago - there is a water pump bringing water into the house (one tap in the main room), a couple of coal or wood-burning stoves, and that's about it. Oh yes, there is also a newly-renovated 21st century bathroom - quite a surprising sight when you open the bathroom door! Shot handheld with canon 5d, shaved nikkor 10.5mm lens, and "philopod".
Copyright: Jeffrey Martin
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6324x3162
Uploaded: 31/01/2010
Updated: 05/06/2014


Tags: snow; mountains; cottage; sun; winter
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