Czech it out!Dan recently joined the Mercedes Benz Club in Austin. One strong incentive for joining was access to good parking when he attends some of the races at Circuit of the Americas. Today was our first time to meet up with other members, and it was for an all-day tour of four of the "Painted Churches" located in the region south and east of Austin. We had a great time and met some very nice folks.
|We all had lunch at Kloesel's in Moulton. They reserved this entire room for the club.|
These churches were built by the German and Czech immigrants who still, to this day, populate this region. I understand that there are other denominations with equally impressive painted churches in Texas, but the four we toured were all Catholic. As we caravanned from town to town, with the other club members, I began to feel as if I was no longer in America. The foods, the architecture, much of the written and spoken words, are heavily influenced especially by the Czech population there. And, speaking of FOOD, we were tempted at every turn by scrumptious Kolache. I had a ham and cheese Kolache for breakfast, and then, as we were heading home in the late afternoon, we stopped at another local bakery for fruit-filled Kolaches. So much for today's carb count!
The first church we visited, with our tour guide, was in the Moravia/Praha area. It was a stone building, with lovely grounds. We were told that the ceiling of these churches were supposed to represent the inside of Noah's ark, and it wasn't difficult to see the similarity to boat-architecture. A distinctive feature of this Praha church was the huge Czech crystal chandelier.
|The faux-painted columns, made to look like marble.|
|I used a wide-angle adapter, attached to the front of my 18-55 zoom lens (set at 18) to capture this ceiling shot (thus my "Wide Angle" theme, noted at the top of the post).|