Blogs from Tatranská Lomnica, High Tatras, Presov Region, Slovakia, Europe


A decisão de misturar, em um mesmo post, Eslováquia e Polônia, deve-se a dois motivos. O primeiro é por pura preguiça mesmo, já que escrever e escolher fotos para dois textos toma um tempo danado. O segundo é que esses dois países realmente têm algo em comum. No caso, dividem o Tatra National Park, uma larga cadeia de montanhas que é espécie de resort de inverno/estação de esqui do pessoal daqui. Falaremos disso em alguns instantes. Bom, e o terceiro (só tinha falado dois?) é que eles foram todos comunistas e temos assunto a falar a esse respeito. Algumas burocracias atrasaram nossa saída de Budapeste e acabamos chegando a Bratislava tarde demais para aproveitar o dia. Bratislava é aquele tipo de cidade que, tivesse a Tchecoslováquia se mantido unida, não teria motivos para entrar no roteiro ... read more
High Tatras
principal atracao

Yesterday we left the wonders of Poland to cross into Slovakia again. This actually turned out to be quite a journey. Luckily (or unluckily as it turned out) we didn't have to start this journey for a little while. Chris, our tour leader, told us to meet in the hotel reception at 12:10 to go to the bus station. This meant that we had the whole morning free to explore a bit more of Krakow. My roommate Susan decided to start the morning off with a bit of a speed walk around the walls of the old city. However since my knee has been playing up quite a bit I decided that it probably wasn't the best idea for me to join her on this walk. So I decided to lollop around in bed for a ... read more
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Tatra Mountains - Tatranska Lomnica Day 14-15 (May 31-June 1) We had the morning to fill in, in Krakow and thought a visit to the local Shopping complex would be a good start. However, it turned out to be a public holiday for Pentecost, so waiting for the shops to open turned out to be fruitless. We filled in our time by catching up on our internet mail, as the weather wasn’t looking great. We then caught a bus to the border with Slovakia, where we then had a mini-bus that took us across the border to a stop where we could catch our third bus. However, the bus timetable had been changed and we would have had more than a two hour wait, so we organised for a local taxi to collect us. We arrived, ... read more
A glimpse of the mountains we missed
Tatra Mountains 1
Two carriage train at our station

Dobry Den everyone. We are now in Slovakia in the High Tatras. We got here last night and have been enjoying the views of the peaks above us. We have been enjoying local slovak foods including pasta with nuts, pierogis and something called the Robbers Purse. Today we took a cable car to the peak. We were up about 2634m. Beautiful views above the clouds and we even had a cup of tea at the peak. Took a ton of photos. Tomorrow we head to Bratislava and then onto Budapest. Missing you guys, wish you were here. Enjoying the cooler temperatures here in Slovakia. love Katy... read more
Tatranska Lomnica railway station
Carpathian Mountains
Christine and Kathy

Geo: 49.1661, 20.2813We had to go into town for money and to buy food for our picnic lunch. The kids also rode the "bobsled" a couple of times -- looks like a fun way to come down the hill.From the hotel, we walked to the base of the cable car -- no lines and no waiting to the top of the mountain. It was a fun ride up, and, given the steepness of the trail, I'm glad we decided to ride. We had a long, four-hour hike, almost all downhill. It was lovely: across the mountain, past waterfalls, ending at our hotel. The first part of the trail was very rocky -- paved with large stones, but hard to walk on. The trails were also very crowded, with people both going up and down. We climbed ... read more
Hiking the upper trail
Mid-level trail

Geo: 49.1661, 20.2813Leaving Krakow, we drove towards the Wieliczka Salt Mines, and, for once, the signage of was very good -- or, at least, our following of the signage was efficient. We intended just a morning stop, but the lines were very long; we had to wait an hour and a half ... but at least we got an English-speaking tour. The tour talks very little about salt mining, though there is a demonstration of how the machinery worked, but one visited the mines to see the strange salt sculptures -- statues of the pope, Queen Kinga, Copernicus, and many, many gnomes. It was a little weird but entertaining nonetheless. In the final room, a band played ... apparently, a band has played here since the 19th Century.Lunched near the mines then began drive to Slovakia. ... read more
The band
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Gnome on sled

Europe » Slovakia » Presov Region » High Tatras » Tatranská Lomnica October 23rd 2005

High Tatras 22.10 - 23.10.2005 nice time look We had very nice time, warm and clear. See you guys Janoo ... read more
View from Teryho chalet

Štrebské Pleso anchors the west end of the Tatras rail line while Tatranská Lomnica occupies the other. Both have cable cars take hikers to trails located at higher altitudes. While a nine hour march along a mountainside did not appeal to me, I made a half day of it and hiked about two hours. On the way, I scooped up Midori, from Niigata, Japan, and convinced her to tag along. She is a student studying Slovak. Odd, isn’t it? A Japanese girl studying Slovak? The ride from Tatranská Lomnica up to Skalnaté Pleso presents graceful views of the forested slopes below, and at times, the peaks above. It is imperative to beware of the weather, however. My time in the Tatras has taught me that on a mid July day, a nasty, pelting rainfall can develop ... read more

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