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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town October 19th 2023

Today was not only 3 cities in 1 day but 3 countries - Breakfast in Hungary, Lunch in Slovakia and Dinner in Vienna. Today we left Budapest, not on the boat but by bus as someone had pulled the plug on the Danube and no river boats can transverse between Vienna and Budapest. So it was on to buses for us today - we only managed 5 minutes before an American realised they have left their passport in the boats safe!! Always 1. When we got to Bratslava ( about 2.5 hours by bus) Leonie and I decided we needed to earn ice cream so hiked up to Bratslava Castle and enjoyed the views over the Danue. We had a walk around the old city and found a cool little cafe to have a traditional Slovakian ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava August 19th 2023

It was a shame to have to leave Vienna, both from what a wonderful city it was, as well as the salubrious accommodation we had at our disposal. As we left we saw one of the neighbours and asked if he'd take our photo. He asked where we were heading and with a slight air of cockiness we tell him London to Istanbul, 4,500kms. Oh, that's great he said, I rode around Australia a while back and did 6,000 miles (9,600kms). We left with our collective tails behind our legs. It was a short 5km ride down to the river bank. Google wouldn't give us a bike route to Bratislava so we relied on my Eurovelo files. Again, it would have been hard to get lost with the signs that are up. Today the feel definitely ... read more
The Danube as we left Vienna
Riding on the river levee
View from a 2km bridge we crossed

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town October 21st 2021

The more I think about traveling, the more its purpose unravels in my mind. I spend a day sitting in airports and airplanes. I struggle with foreign languages, customs, and railroad schedules. I overeat. I cast my eyes on yet another castle or cathedral, then come home with photos and stories to make my friends jealous, even though they often have seen the same castles and cathedrals. So I don't know if travel has a purpose or not, but here are a few observations from my recent tour through parts of eastern Europe. Travel makes you feel dumber. I had this revelation strolling around Zwinger Palace in Dresden. Built in the Eighteenth Century by the king of Saxony, the palace was grand and beautiful with labs where astronomers built super-accurate clocks. Saxony was just one of ... read more
Dresden Cathedral
Plague Column in Kutna Hora
Chain smoker

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava July 14th 2020

Bonjour à tous, Je pensais à Vienne pouvoir manger dans une brasserie autrichienne, et bien c'est l'échec. pour beaucoup elles ouvrent le midi, seulement, pour la clientèle locale, et ferment le soir par manque de touristes. Mis à part la restauration rapide type Mac Do, les chinois, et les italiens, c'est tout ce qu'on trouve. Je me suis donc fait comme souvent un italien, plus tôt classe, mais une belle arnaque. Le programme du jour, pour commencer, le Château de Sisi, à Schönbrunn, à 7km du centre ville. Impossible de se garer proche du château, le parking est indiqué à 750m, ce qui veut dire, que sans être descendu de la voiture, j'ai déjà 1,5km à faire, avec des petits restes d'hier près de 16km. La construction du château a débutée en 1696, pour finir 1699. ... read more
le Danube à Bratislava
le Château de Bratislava

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 12th 2020

Po vystupeni na konecnej v kittse si to mierim zhruba 50m k osvetlenej unimobunke pred ktorou stoja dvaja vojaci. Inak v kittse nik nevystupoval iba ja. Ako sa blizim k zavore jeden maskacovy na mna krici, zuruck, zuruck. Tada, cez tento najblizsi prechod sa nedostanem. Mam ist do asi 8km vzdialeneho bergu. Vonku nenormalna zima vdaka obvzlast silnemu vetru. Dedinka vysvietena ale vonku ani nohy az na jedno auto co slo. V kittse je este jeden prechod, uplne najlepsi, no po neuspechu na tomto som na nho ani nesiel i ked spociatku som tam smeroval. Ono na slovenskej strane stalo auto so zapnutimy majakmi ale i tak. Dosol by som k prechodu a zas by ma otocili Nuz tak smer po hlavnej do bergu. Medzi dedinami mimo super vetra aj tma a chodnik len do polovice ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 16th 2020

My final day in Bratislava. First things first, I had to eat up all my food that I had left in the hostel kitchen. I ate far too much bread and hummus, but that’s never a bad thing in my opinion. I had a enough plan for how I wanted to spend my last day in Bratislava, so I made my way to the former Jewish district to visit the Museum of Jewish Culture. The museum cost 7 euros to enter and if you wanted to take pictures, you had to pay extra so I didn't bother. After buying my ticket at the office I made my way across the small courtyard to the museum's entrance and up to the first floor, where the exhibitions began. The first floor of the museum was really interesting as ... read more
Danube River
Danube River
Soldier Monument

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 15th 2020

I am in wind-down mode, since my trip is almost over. Getting up and motivated is becoming more of an effort. The sky was grey and overcast again. After a late breakfast, I headed out. I made my way to the Old Town and to the Bratislava City Museum, which is housed in the former Town Hall. The Old Town Hall building dates back to the 14th century and the tower was built around 1370. The Old Town Hall was originally three different buildings that were people's houses; Jacobus' house with a tower, Pawer's house, Unger's house and the Apponyi Palace. The museum is also the oldest in Bratislava and was founded in 1868. The entrance is through the courtyard and it was 5 euros to visit the museum. After ditching my coat, I made my ... read more
Bratislava City Museum
Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Old Town

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 14th 2020

The grey skies and rain that I encountered when I woke up didn't not really motivate me to move much. It took me longer than I wanted to get myself sorted and out the door. I had decided to visit the Slavin Monument as it was only about a twenty minute walk from where I was staying. What I didn't realise until I started that walk was that it was pretty much all uphill and involved quite a lot of stairs. Also in the mix was quite a lot of ice on the paths, making the walk pretty slippery in places. However, I survived and made it to the Slavin Memorial Monument in one piece. There were few other people about and most looked like locals just out for a morning run or walk. the monument ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 13th 2020

The free walking tour didn't start until 11 am, which was nice and late. This meant that I could have a relatively lazy morning. I made my way to the Old Town for the start of the tour, but I managed to get lost, prominent street names are not Bratislava's forte, China has definitely spoilt me in this respect. I thought I was going to miss the tour as I wandered the streets trying to right myself and find the meeting place. I made it there, only about five minutes late, and saw quite a group of people. This part of Europe is definitely busier. My first impressions of the Old Town of Bratislava was that it was really cute and quite a lot busier than the places I had just been, which is understandable as ... read more
Hlavné Námestie
Hlavné Námestie
Old Town Hall

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town August 17th 2019

I very much enjoyed my short stay in the Hotel Lev, but after a coffee it is time to walk to the Old Town to meet Martin Sloboda. I know he has an extremely busy schedule, and at best I expect him to have a quick coffee with me to give me a speedy overview of the walking tour that he will do with our guests. Instead, he spends the best part of the next two hours giving me a personal walking tour and showing me the highlights of Bratislava!! I feel enormously privileged as he is such a knowledgeable and interesting man, and I see and learn much more than if I had simply explored alone. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, situated in the south western corner of the country, practically on the borders ... read more
Čumil - Man at Work
Slovak National Theatre
Main Square

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