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Slovakia

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  • Left for Topolcany today to visit my fathers grave. It's been 34 years since his passing. Went to spend the day with my uncle after and ended up spending the night. As with every visit I learned some new information on family history. So good to sit down and learn this before my family gets too old to remember or is no longer here. I took the bus to Piestany in the morning hoping to find a two day deal for the spa. Limited internet didn't help me achieve my goal but I will keep my eyes peeled for upcoming deals. I drank the 60 degrees sulphur water which has so many healing properties and would have loved to have filled a bottle for my trip home. The water is so high in sulphur and smells like rotten eggs but if you can get by the smell it us fantastic in taste.Read more

  • Bratislava days and all kinds of action in the city. Free museums, galleries, music and historic plays. I went to the oldest pastry shop in town that was built in 1634, was frequented by Queen Maria Theresia and took over 10 years to restore. Absolutely expensive but absolutely beautiful. Amazing murials, stained glass and toilets. Next was the St. Ladislav chapel, art exhibition of Jozef Drozd(who I actually met and shook hands with) a very old artist, then the home of Johann Nepomuk Hummel (who wrote sonatas with Mozart and Beethoven), and finally the museum of torture. The last venue was morbidly interesting and what amazed me the most was that parents brought their small children to this museum. Something I would never have done. The city had streetcars running from the early 30's but they were super packed and I didn't feel like being crammed in like a sardine so I passed.Read more

  • Surprise last minute tickets to Mozart's Don Giovanni Opera, sung only in Italian. This was my first ever opera and it was magnificent. How the Slovak singers sang this in Italian was more than amazing to me. I was lucky to have seats in the fourth row so the view was amazing and the orchestra was right there. The opera was written by Mozart in 1776 and was written as a seductive comedy. Don Giovanni being a libertine and seducer of all women. It is the most performed opera in the world. The costumes and stage setting were also incredible with 3D sets and gorgeous gowns. Can't say enough about this great performance and experience.Read more

  • Left Friday morning with 20 cm of snow on the ground. The train connections were great except for our last train which was late. It seemed like the longest train ride ever because there were delays on the way the police had been called on board for some reason. Unpacked my things and was happy to have some quiet time in my room. Saturday morning we went to the Bory mall for the garden show and I picked up a few tips for my garden when I get home. There was a beautiful orchid and bonsai display.Read more

  • Day trip today on the speedy train to Trencin which is in the north west part of Slovakia. It only took an hour and a half to get there but we had to catch the early train so it was rise and shine at 6am. The little city is beautiful and a huge castle overlooks the whole city. Walking to the castle was only a 15 minute walk from the train and the weather was lovely. We took a guided tour because that was the only way we could see the whole castle and had a tour guide who talked so fast, non stop the whole time that I thought I was going to lose my mind. The city had a Roman sign engraved by Marcus Aurelius from the Roman Empire when they occupied Trencin with 885 Roman soldiers. The castle was also inhabited by the Hungarians, German s, Poles, Celts and the Slavs. The celts unified the territory of today's Slovakia and brought currency into use instead of trade. The castle burned down in the early 1700's and has been beautifully restored. There was a 79.2 m well dug but never functioned properly and only provided water when the Vah River was really high. The Vah River had palaeolithic finds of a mammoth 's lower and upper jaw. I climbed up to the bell tower and had a great view of the small city. Had my first hazelnut gelato in the whole time I've been away and it was fabulous. There were some interesting sculptures in the city park and incredible architecture. The region is known for copper works and wine.Read more

  • Woke up this morning with horrible back and chest pain and had a hard time breathing. Aunt says its fresh air poisoning and I say it was having my backpack on for two hours in the same position. Don't know how I'm going to manage the hiking. Set out after breakfast for a 1km hike to the electric train. First stop was a transfer in Stary Smokovec and then on to Strbske Pleso. When we arrived at Strbske Pleso we did a simple hike around the lake which was only 2.25 km and manageable. The high Tatras were right above us and they were magnificent. We went down to Strba after by cable car which I've never been on so that was a neat experience. The cable cars have been running up to the mountains since 1896 and were beautiful. We had a coffee at the bottom and headed back up to the top again. Once up we headed by electric train to Stary Smokovec to get lunch and some food items. We couldn't find one restaurant that was open. We headed to Tatranska Lomnica for dinner at this point. The whole time we managed to bypass the rain storm that was passing through. We caught the bus back to our cabin and finally got caught in the thunder storm and pelting rain. Bought some topical tonic my grandmother used for pain relief made from herbs and doused myself in it to relief the pain and had an early night to bed.Read more

  • I got into Vienna around 2:30 by train and my bus wasn't leaving until 4:30 so I had a few hours to wander. I walked to the Imperial Palace and Karlzplatz and there were so many people everywhere. It was getting late so I caught the underground to the bus terminal where there were some colourful characters and signs everywhere to watch for pickpocketers. Apparently this is a huge problem in Vienna. Caught my €5 bus to the Bratislava airport and the the city bus to my aunts. It was a long day if traveling but it was good to be back in Bratislava. Aunt was pretty happy to see me too. She had made me a chucked dinner with my favourite beer. I haven't eaten chicken in two months. Alas it was laundry time.Read more

  • Today I spent the day with my second cousin Natalia, her brother Juraj, his wife Majka, their kids and met her husband Peter. Her mama Marta was there too. Natalia has a beautiful house in Dunajska Luzna a small village 10 minutes from where I'm staying. She picked me up at two and we talked so long that I didn't get home until midnight. Her house is super modern and we joint out in the sunshine in the backyard for a few hours drinking wine. She has four beautiful cats who are her kids. Two of them are Cornish Rex's and so beautiful that I want one when I get home. We had a light dinner with fresh home baking and drank Fernet into the night. I've never had this drink before but it's made out of herbs and drank along side with soda. No headache in the morning with it! We had a great time together.Read more

  • Feeling better today and after last nights storm the skies are blue. Walking trek to Tatranska Lomnica and wanted to head up the ski lift to the first trek point but the lifts were closed for maintenance. We walked a total of 6 slow kms today and I wanted to walk another 8 but aunt was complaining her toe nails were too long in her boots and she had to go back to the cabin to trim her nails. I had to choke back laughing this excuse. Once back at the cabin I cracked open my bottle of Rose and laid back in the sun to enjoy the warmth. Booked the train back to Bratislava for Friday ahead of time. Tomorrow I'm heading out hiking alone.Read more

  • Drizzle this morning so we started with a trek alongside the river to the village if Stara Lesna. Came back for lunch and then walked to Stary Smokovec which was about 6 km. The weather cleared and it was beautiful. Took the electric train back and a good thing because it started to snow....and snow. My first sign of winter so far on my trip. Beautiful winter wonderland. Heading home tomorrow.

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