Above: Bones of former Brno residents and "Věčný Svit" ("Eternal Sunshine") by the artist known as "Gary" at the Ossuary at the Church of St. James in Brno

As we strolled the pedestrian-friendly streets of centralBrno, I was struck both by its beauty and its lack of tourists. The Czech Republic’s second-largest city is a first-class pleasure to visit, with superb restaurants, convivial and stylish bars and a short list of fascinating sights, most famously the Villa Tugendhat, a functionalist masterpiece of residential architecture by Mies van der Rohe.

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Above: Bones of former Brno residents and "Věčný Svit" ("Eternal Sunshine") by the artist known as "Gary" at the Ossuary at the Church of St. James in Brno

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