It’s unbelievable how the saddest things can be turned into something beautiful. Moreover, the mix of beauty and sorrow creates such an amazing combination that they can be easily called a masterpiece. A perfect example is a cute stone sculpture of the house that made me stop for a while and make a few shots. Seeing it you barely would be to think about anything sad, and only the nicest thing would come to your mind if not mentioning the fact that it’s situated in the graveyard.
Have you ever seen the art gallery that is open 24/7, no matter what’s the weather or the season of the year? You can find it in Svídnice (Czech Republic)—one of the houses there is decorated with lots of pictures and is definitely a nice surprise for any art lover who by some reason visits this village. Below is a quick tour on this open-air exhibition.
It had been a while since I got to know about this place. Just a random photo of a weird gate decorated with toys seen on the Internet and no information or exact details apart from a very approximate location. It seemed to be impossible to find it, however, this place stuck in my mind and one day while planning a trip to one undiscovered part of Prague (Czech Republic) I recalled that the approximate location of the strange gate should be somewhere nearby. I still didn’t have any hope to find it and continued preparations for the trip making a virtual walk on Google Street View in order to see what’s worth visiting there. To my big surprise, one of the first things that I saw was the weird gate and this is how I ended up making quite a long stop while exploring this area.
What can you expect to see following the streets of the big city? I guess anything apart from something that doesn’t fit a typical metropoly landscape at all—a colourful and joyful house situated at the foot of the huge rock. This accidental find on one rainy day forced me to go one more time to a bit remote part of Prague where it was located and see it again—this time painted with the sunlight.
One sunny May morning I went to Mažonys (Lithuania), a village which is so small that even a bus driver didn’t know where exactly it is situated. Just another settlement far from big cities, and at first sight seems that there’s nothing extraordinary about it. However, one of the houses there is so unusual that I simply couldn’t not go there.
I never miss an opportunity to explore pet cemeteries. What I like the most about such places is their specific atmosphere—kitschy and sentimental decorations together with the purpose of these sites turn them into something weird and beutiful—in their own way. After visiting pet cemeteries in Lithuania, Poland (the old one as well as its new part) and Moldova, it was time to visit the one Prague (Czech Republic). Despite the official name ‘Psí hřbitov’, or ‘Dog Cemetery’, there also other pets buried there, even cats—the eternal enemies of dogs. The area is rather small, however, it’s full of graves, and the rest of it is overgrown with trees and bushes. This composition of nature and kitschy decorations as usual turned the place into something extraordinary and inviting to explore it.
After visiting a few pet cemeteries in Poland (the old one as well as its new part) and Lithuania and finding so much of weirdness there, it was a must for me to explore also the one in Chișinău (Moldova). This place wasn’t that easy to find, as the mentioned graveyard isn’t official one, thus it has no website with directions, maps and other information that would help to get there. Luckily, thanks to a few fairly reliable details about the site I managed to define the exact location of the cemetery. So, being in Chișinău, I left the city centre and followed the path leading to the weird graveyard.
You can never know what you’ll find on the way to well known places. Sometimes these finds may stick in mind for even longer time than the final destination of the trip.
The continuation of the old pet cemetery ‘Psi Los’ in Konik Nowy (Poland)—its new part (more about the old cemetery here). It’s much smaller than the previously mentioned old one but the site is expanding—more an more of the land there is becoming covered with at the same time gloomy and cheerful little graves. Despite its small size the cemetery already consists of plenty of weird tombs surprising any visitor of the place.
Whichever place I visit, I always show its most interesting details. However, I won’t even try to fool you that I attempted to do it this time, as in case of a site I wanted to present now it was simply impossible. The mentioned place is the pet cemetery ‘Psi Los’, situated in Konik Nowy, a village near Warsaw (Poland), consisting of two a bit remote from each other parts (the old and new cemetery), and full of the details turning it into a really weird place.