Once cute dolls left for years in the forest which due to constantly changing weather conditions has turned into something creepy. This spooky site was supposed to be the least demanding location on that trip to Germany. No climbing over the walls or entering the buildings through the windows, just finding the spooky spot in the forest. However the closer I was the more unsure it felt. When I was planning this trip I had to blow away a thick layer of dust from the coordinates of this place. What if the location already doesn’t exist? What if having just approximate coordinates I won’t find the site and will spend the whole evening searching for it?
Pictures in the Windows. Visiting the Wonderful House of Painter [Czech Republic]
An unknown settlement in the Czech Republic which so small that on some maps it doesn’t even have a name. The only explainable reason to go there could be only that a track leading to the nearby situated Prosička mountain is crossing the area. And what a nice surprise it should be for the hunters of weirdness to find here an old house seeing which simply makes it impossible not to stop for a while and have a look on what is hiding behind its windows.
Welcome to the Wonderland. Visiting the Weird House of Toys [Dobrotice, Czech Republic]
How many times have you been dying from the boredom while waiting on the train station? In Dobrotice (Czech Republic) that wouldn’t happen for sure, even if your train had a few hours delay. The thing making waiting there more meaningful than elsewhere is the former train station and its current inhabitant who turned it into a weird house of toys.
The Beauty in Sorrow. An Extraordinary Grave in the Small Cemetery [Czech Republic]
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.
The Always-open Art Gallery. Visiting the Artistic House of Pictures [Svídnice, Czech Republic]
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.
Where the Childhood Lasts Forever. The Bizarre Gate of Toys [Prague, Czech Republic]
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.
As from the Fairytale. A Joyful House at the Foot of the Rock [Prague, Czech Republic]
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.
A Soft Melody on the Wind. The Weird House of Pans [Mažonys, Lithuania]
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.
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Just Another Story About the Beauty in Sorrow. A Stunning Pet Cemetery [Prague, Czech Republic]
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.
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Only Memories Have Left. A Pet Cemetery in the Forest [Chișinău, Moldova]
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.
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