There are some beautiful old courtyards in the Slovakian capital
After leaving Prague we found ourselves in Bratislava, which is a much smaller city with not as many sights as Prague, but with far fewer tourists. In fact I don't think we've ever seen a city as overrun with tourists as Prague!
We spent our time in Bratislava aimlessly wandering the streets, the best way to soak up the atmosphere. From the old cobbled lanes and ancient squares, to the huge castle on the hill near town, which was described in our guide book as looking like a four poster bed, and I have to say they are not wrong.
On Monday morning we boarded our much anticipated boat to take us from Bratislava to Vienna. The trip would be along the mighty Danube. Although the Danube does not appear to be blue, after peering into its murky depths, we are almost certain we saw fish.
After arriving in Vienna and badgering immigration for another stamp in our passports we set out to find our room. 2 hours later (and with incredibly sore shoulders - our packs are not light!) we found it and set off to explore the heart of one of the greatest empires there
Bratislava Street Scene
On of the streets of Bratislava's old town
has ever been. Vienna certainly is an impressive imperial city, with more spectacular buildings than we have ever seen in one place. The sight of these buildings is made even more dramatic by the grand parks dotted around the city.
The next few days have been spent by either wandering the city, relaxing in Vienna's famous coffee houses, trying not to spend too much time in museums (they are bloody expensive, and we don't want to get "museumed out" before we've even reached Italy). We also spent today searching for the elusive Chinese Embassy, but we found it and and now have our last visa, yay!
With all this new found time on our hands, we have come to the conclusion that we cannot spend our whole time dedicated to travel and exploration. Therefore we have decided to get some hobbies. Not completely sure what these will be but we will keep you posted. I quite fancy learning to knit, although a little embroidery may go down well with the lads at home.
Well we best be going, we have noodles to cook (we have also realised we cannot be eating out every night)
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