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"In Praha Valley..." (A Great Texas Weekend Getaway Trip)

Updated on November 26, 2012
Windmill, Praha, TX - Flickr ; Creative Commons License Deed Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Windmill, Praha, TX - Flickr ; Creative Commons License Deed Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) | Source
Praha in the 1890's Courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas
Praha in the 1890's Courtesy Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas | Source

In Praha Valley...Texas...everything is lulled to a quieter existence...out past the "Big City" grind...

With rolling hills, horse pasture fields, and many red barns...the country air helps clear your mind.

I wake to the sound of the rooster squabbling with a wild turkey flock...

As I hike out to the horse barn...you can begin to hear some of the neighbor's livestock.

Cowponds scattered throughout the Valley...The smell of "Kolaches" for breakfast to also take in...

In the distance...you can barely hear a pair of 18 wheeler's...trucking across Interstate 10.

The train rolls in to nearby Flatonia Rail Yard...as a whistle is heard across the land...

Much like it has always been...since earlier times when this area was settled by man.

A Copper-top Church Steeple beams off Sun rays...for miles around...

And highlights where the people of Praha have made their lives...in a small Czech town.

The acres are squared off perfectly...across the valley with miles of barb-wire fence lines...

I can stand out on Okruhlik Road...and see all the way back to much simpler times.

When farmers and ranchers...gathered up their goods...and drove their loaded wagons to market.

These were not glamorous old times that were better then now...but times...I hope we never forget.

A man and his family...out in open country...making their way...on this land...

Not the same kind of life we have today...as I reflect from an old wooden deer stand.

Some have "Praha" listed as a "Ghost Town"...there where it sits...along a Texas Highway...

Better get ready to turn South after Schulenburg...or you'll miss the Grand Praha Val-ley.

Make sure and "Czech" your speed limit through town...according to what the sign says...

Stop and visit the inside of "St. Mary's"...and see all the intricate art that it displays.

This huge "Painted church" stands out...Big...in this tiny community...

Looks exactly like something in a European Village...that you'd see.

A quiet and serene place...out all alone...on the topside of a green rolling hill...

Now back in the "Big City"...a part of me is at home in Praha Valley...still !




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"Stop and visit the inside of "St. Mary's"...and see all the intricate art that it displays."
"Stop and visit the inside of "St. Mary's"...and see all the intricate art that it displays." | Source

CAPTION BELOW FROM THE ABOVE LINK:

"If you've lived in Texas for any length of time you've heard of the Painted Churches of Fayette County. They have appeared in magazines, on television programs, and in newspaper features around the state and beyond.

The term "Painted" comes from the elaborate faux-finished interiors - painted by itinerant artists who advertised in church bulletins and newspapers. Several were resident artists in San Antonio. Gold-leafed, stone and polished marble columns and ceilings are (upon closer examination) actually finely-fitted woodwork. The paint - mixed on site - is still vibrant and bright - even after all these years. "

St. Mary's Church of the Assumption of Our Lady
St. Mary's Church of the Assumption of Our Lady | Source
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