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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town September 4th 2018

We started our journey, taking the bus from Belfast to Dublin, bikes all packed up and sealed in large plastic covers. Ryanair charged €60 each for return flights, €120 for each return for our bikes! It would have been cheaper to book a seat for the bikes. On a long trip we knew we'd be happier with our own, and to hire on arrival would have cost around €450. We took the 9.10 flight to Bratislava, Monday 3rd Sept. €70 each return. The plan is to spend two days here, then get on the road to Budapest. Good to have own bikes even though there was 1 broken spoke in transit. We’ll get it fixed tomorrow. Bratislava is a fascinating city, dominated by a fortress, fine architecture, lots of old trams, great local restaurants and lots ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town September 4th 2018

We hunted for a bike shop to fix the wheel and found a shop not far from the old town on Odchodna but since the wheel could not be repaired here, we thought it better to buy a new wheel for €25! It can be fixed at home and our hotel agreed to hold it for us until our return in 2 weeks. It was a good warm dry day in spite of the forecasts, so we went off exploring on the bikes, to Bratislava Castle towering above the town. Beautiful building and landscaped gardens, and spectacular views of the Danube. We used Most SNP to cross the river. An exclusive pedestrian and cycling lane hung below the main bridge, means that you don’t have to compete with traffic, and can enjoy a quiet crossing, well ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 26th 2018

So sorry! I've had a proofreading malfunction. At least not a wardrobe malfunction. In my last blog I said Bratislava is the capital of Slovenia. Wrong! Of course it's the capital of Slovakia.... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town May 26th 2018

Pentru un rasfat binemeritat am decis asupra acestui minunat botel, hotel pe apa sau mai exact nava/slep/vas pe apa, sa fim in comuniune cu natura, sa o simtim in adevaratul sens al cuvantului, sa ne rasfete pe valurile Dunarii alaturi de un cidru sau o bere cu arome de coacaze negre-o delicatesa nou descoperita aici la bar. Numele - Botel Dunajsky Pivovar- o noapte- pret 99 euro cu mic dejun bufet suedez. Camerele aveau numele oraselor de pe Dunare, ca doar trece prin 9 capitale, asa ca ai de unde alege, dar nu am ales noi de data aceasta. Am primit camera Bratislava, camera spatioasa, curata. Am profitat de cele doua baruri existente, cel de jos era pentru clientii din afara, cel de la etaj pentru clientii botelului. Pana si existenta produselor se gaseau sau nu. ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 25th 2018

We didn't know, when we headed by bus for Bratislava, that it had been such an important seat of power when the Ottomans held control of Budapest and Bratislava became the coronation city for the Hungarian kingdom. Bratislava again became a centre of power as the capital of the country of Slovenia in 1993 when Czechoslovakia regrouped as two nations: Slovakia and the Czech Republic. There is still a terrific Old Town with lots of ornate buildings, a giant castle and cathedral, but the street art gives the bustling and growing city an arty and human touch.... read more
Ladies of the letterbox
Knight guarding the Old Town city square
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town April 5th 2018

Bratislava is a jumble of elegance, style, history dating back thousands of years, and happiness, all wrapped up with welcoming friendliness that is too often missing. I came to Bratislava on a suggestion from Tim and was prepared for an interesting stopover on the way to a desired destination. After two and a half days of turning up tiny laneways, visiting majestic churches, traipsing over castle grounds that date back thousands of years, I’ve come to realise that this should be a quiet priority on any Eastern European itinerary. It may not have the high reputation bestowed upon Vienna, Prague or Budapest, but it sits proudly on the Danube and compares favourably with these cities. As you pass by stately, sometimes neglected, buildings, plaques stop you in your tracks to announce that Napoleon signed the Treaty ... read more
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The Village Of Devín
View From The Eastern Gate

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town April 4th 2018

Today I struck up a conversation with 3 young Germans from Berlin. Just 18 years old and recent high school graduates, 2 of these men have opted out of normal society for 10 months, determined to find their place in this world. Their trip is called Lost In The World and can be followed online. Their other option was backpacking in Australia but they concluded “everybody does that.” Their goal is to ride to Tokyo, heading towards Vietnam before turning left into China and onward to Japan. Think of what you were doing at 18; i challenge you to match this. In 2016 I met two 25 year old Koreans in Spain, who had ridden 20000 kms from Seoul , and like the Germans, carried 40 kilograms on each bike. They said their experiences and adventures ... read more
The Castle’s Baroque Gardens
The Castle Courtyard

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava April 3rd 2018

. Our taxi to the airport today was a mix of Uber and the guy next door with a car we can rent. It was a little old corolla type of car with half the boot taken up by an LPG bottle. I’m pleased to report that he has the same sense of pride in his car and makes sure it is washed at least once a year. The case had to sit in the front with the driver and 3 of us squeezed into the back. I didn’t even bother with the seatbelt. The upside was that he knew the way, took a few risks to get us into the traffic, and he only cost about $5. He had a very good tip because where were going zloty are of no use. , We are ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town August 1st 2017

I woke up early to get various metro links to ‘Schwedenplatz', where the boat leaves to Bratislava. I got on the boat and we started cruising down the (actually quite murky brown) Danube. As we got a bit further out of Vienna and the clouds started to clear, the river surface did start to reflect the blue skies……so I suppose I can let Strauss off! It only took about an hour and a half to get to Bratislava as the catamaran boat was pretty speedy…..and we were going DOWNSTREAM! (Well remembered all my avid readers! 😉 ) I walked to my hostel (named Hostel Blues, hopefully for the music not the emotions) and left TP there while they were preparing the room to allow check in. I hate myself a little bit for this – but ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava July 24th 2017

Rainy rainy day today..! They were calling for thunderstorms in the afternoon so I figured I should get my walking done in the morning when it's only spitting rain. I climbed up to the Slavin Memorial (oh God so many steps) and of course as I got near the top it started to rain a lot harder. Not a thunderstorm though, so still in action. The memorial is for those Soviet soldiers who died helping to liberate Bratislava from the Nazis. It's mostly tombstones of Soviet soldiers. I found the 4 statues in each corner quite interesting - at one end you have two statues with girls dancing/celebrating(?) with banners, at the other end you have 2 soldiers and a boy - one side the boy looks sad, on the other side the boy and one ... read more
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