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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town June 20th 2015

Bratislava has been a whistle stop tour, with me leaving tomorrow for Budapest, however I'm so glad I got to see it. It's been a really fun afternoon of mixed weather, historic sites, cobbled streets, a lesson in Pharmacy, a protest against Islamic Rights on National Refugee Day and an Alien invasion in the form of a UFO. Let me explain. The historic 'Old Town' is where I'm based and again, I have lucked out on the accommodation. I am doing AirBnB and my room is really lovely and looks out onto the Blue Church. It therefore made perfect sense after a freshen up (it was needed after PT (public transport) for 4 hours) that I took to the streets again. That sounds so wrong, but you know what I mean. :) It is everything an ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava June 20th 2015

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, was not on our original itinerary but, as usual, Jeanette came up with the idea of a short visit at the expense of one day out of our planned week in Heviz, Hungary. From the moment we walked up to our hotel and were greeted by the the young man at reception , Tebor, we felt a little special. No detail of comfort was spared in our room. Spacious and immaculately clean, everything we needed was present, down even to a shoehorn. Looking out from our window we could see the street outside lined with neat looking private homes and flowered gardens. Just near the reception area was the in-house restaurant but we were not interested since we usually roam around to find a restaurant in some other area, just for ... read more
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Hotel entrance.

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 23rd 2015

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, the southern half of what used to be Czechoslovakia. At one time, it was a place where Europen royalty had homes and conducts trade across the continent. Then after the fall of the Hapsburg Empire and the later takeover of Communism, the area fell into deep depression and economic hard times. The barricades between Bratislava and neighboring Austria were austere. And there was no access to Western news or customs. The isolation was extreme and had a deep impact of the area. However, following the fall of Communism in 1989 and the separation from Czechosolvakia in 1993, the area began to recover slowly after four decades of despair. Fortunately, much of the early architecture still remains, although it is in need of repair. The city is charming and beautiful is ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 12th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! Today has been a truly wonderful day! I woke up quite early and ate breakfast with Martin, trying a local delicacy that was like a mix between milk, cream and cheese. It was quite tasty and interesting. Afterwards I went to the city centre where I started with a visit to the Saint Martin's Cathedral and then went back to see the Slovak National Theatre and Slovak Philharmonic in the daylight. From there i made my way to the Old Town Hall and found a door open so I actually got in without paying (although it would honestly have been worth the 5 EUR entrance fee). The view from up in the tower is very nice and there are several rooms that are well preserved in their original state, the staff was ... read more
Street Performer
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Bratislava Castle

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 11th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! Today has been a very interesting day with many good meetings. This morning Jay was the first to leave since he had an early train to Vienna, my own one was about an hour later. So, I said goodbye to Jay with a promise to try and meet again in Berlin in July and a bit later I said goodbye to Jakub and Mark, both of whom I will meet again on Wednesday. Neither Katy nor Christine was up yet by the time of my departure. At the train station my train was 20 minutes delayed but it was okay as it gave me a chance to get a little something to eat. The train ride though was really fun as I got to share a cabin with two lovely ladies from ... read more
Plague Column of Saint Trinity
Bratislava Castle
Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » New Town April 19th 2015

Although I never intended to stop here when I planned this trip, or when I changed my plans to avoid air travel 4 weeks ago, I'm glad I did. My first visit to Bratislava - 6 years ago - was a whirlwind that left a general impression but little substance. I now have that substance, and for that I am grateful. Bratislava is not a huge town for sightseeing - most of what you'll want to see and remember is in the Old Town, which you can meander through and be done with in about an hour. I did that on Friday, my first afternoon in town. To get past all that, I wanted to use the bus and tram system, and while it's easy to use in theory, it didn't quite work out that way ... read more
Ankylosaurs at the Dino Park in Bratislava Zoo
White tiger at the Bratislava Zoo
The front of Bratislava Castle

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town April 17th 2015

Of all the places I expected to be on this trip, this has got to be the unexpected of the unexpected. I had no intention of going to Slovakia on this trip, other than maybe sleeping through it on the night train I had booked for right now between Budapest and Poland. But things change, and that's great. This is my 2nd time in Bratislava, but the first time was only about 6 hours one day while I was staying in Vienna. This time, I get to experience more than just a meal and a few of the highlights. Already, I've enjoyed myself immensely! The train ride was smooth. I couldn't believe it, though I did make sure to catch the train that was going all the way to Berlin. I figured if the Germans were ... read more
Blue Church - serious, it's all blue
"Man at Work" Statue
With the Napoleonic Soldier

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town September 12th 2014

Bratislava is the only national capital that's close to the borders of two other countries. Fitting this setup, we came here from Austria today (9/12) and will be in Hungary tomorrow night (9/13). So, wanting to be sure that we post at least once from every country we are visiing, here are some photos from our one-night stay in Bratislava. Between Vienna and Bratislava we expected to be passing through industrial and urban landscapes, but that was not the case at all. Instead, much of the Danube's shore and side channel area has been preserved and is a national park through which we pedaled for most of the day on a nice trail on top of the dike. The bridge at the last river crossing in Austria is at a site where construction of a dam ... read more
Man peering out of manhole cover
Old building not yet rennovated
Another sculpture

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava September 10th 2014

On the 24th of April 1944, two Jewish men named Rudi Vrba and Alfr├ęd Wetzler arrived in Bratislava, Slovakia with an incredible story. They claimed to have just escaped from a German concentration camp known as Birkenau located in Poland. The escapees met secretly with Jewish leaders and over the next two days they wrote highly detailed reports regarding the operations in Birkenau and provided detailed drawings of the gas chambers and crematoria there. By this time, Slovakia, an ally of Germany, had already sent 60,000 of the country's 87,000 Jews to their deaths. The publication of the report in Swiss newspapers later that year was too little too late and by the end of the war it is estimated that only 300 Slovakian Jews had survived out of the original 87,000 children, women and men ... read more
The Synagogue
Where We Be
Bratislava Church

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava July 28th 2014

Andrew here, reporting on behalf of the wanderers... incoming message reads "Lousy internet connection today in Bratislava. Will try again in tomorrow in Vienna." Though not explicitly stated, I suspect we can assume that Carole says she's fine...... read more




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