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Bratislava

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  • Day3

    Bratislava

    December 28, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    After a 2:30 min bus ride from Budapest, we arrived in Bratislava. The Virgo Hotel was just a short stop for leaving the luggage and we immediately started walking to the castle. This a huge building with a stunning view over the Danube, the UFO bridge and St Martin’s Cathedral. Downhill, after a long stop for lunch, we walked to the Old Town and could still see St. Michael’s Gate (Michalská brána), Schöne Náci Statue, Čumil, the Primate’s Palace (Primaciálny palác) and Blue Church (Modrý kostolík). It was a pity that by 16:30
    It was already dark and that we couldn’t see the magnificence of the church by daylight. Nevertheless, the city is nice and all main attractions are within walking distances. It would all be perfect if we didn’t have to eat out or buy groceries. Most people aren’t friendly. In fact, it seems that smiling is a bit difficult for their facial muscles. As for communication, it is not so easy because most people, like shop assistants, waiters and bus drivers, don’t speak English... that’s about it for Bratislava.
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  • Day32

    Student Blog - Aoife Pink

    July 24, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    I think I speak truthfully when I say the teachers on this trip are absolute legends.

    It has been an emotional rollercoaster so far for many students, and that couldn’t have been managed without the patience, time and consideration of our teachers.

    From my perspective, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to manage 118 loud, excitable and terrifying teenagers. I truly bow down to that.

    In my personal experience, without Beth’s caring and invaluable consideration, Mr Taylor’s funny jokes (well kind of), Andy "is there anything that man can’t do" Johnson and Kirkwood’s beautiful nail polish- this trip wouldn’t be the same.

    I am so grateful for this final experience with NMPAT before going to university, and I have so much respect for the passion and the dedication of all the teachers. Everyone on this trip, and part of the NMPAT community are learning skills and making friends for life. It’s an absolute blessing.

    I look forward to our last concert on Wednesday, I have a feeling it will be an emotional one for me, but equally very happy.

    Thank you NMPAT

    Aoife
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  • Day32

    Student Blog - Helena and Izzy

    July 24, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 82 °F

    As we write this, you find us on the coach once more, on the way to Bratislava for the next part of our epic adventure - tour 2018. As of today we have performed three superb concerts, seen three gorgeous towns and experienced Czech hospitality at its finest when putting up with our fumbling attempts at Czech!
    Our journey here was long but surprisingly enjoyable, filled with bleary-eyed service stops and one am twister games (we were heavily judged by the brass) and some entertaining sleeping positions! Our hotel in Olomouc was perfect - it had comfy beds and that was enough for us!
    Our first concert was held in the Archbishop’s Palace in Kromeriz which, and I think I can speak for all of of, was a stunning venue to perform in! The acoustic was incredibly resonant which meant the brass needed to tone it down - especially in Romeo and Juliette when it hit the back of the hall like a sledgehammer - we didn’t want to deafen the audience just yet! They loved Vltava and gave a standing ovation, which made us feel so proud!
    For choir, it was the perfect acoustic to sing Whitacre’s Sleep - it was a performance none of us will forget!
    This was similar for the next concert in the KD Elektra Concert Hall in Luhacovice where Andy Johnson beautifully performed the tuba concerto by Vaughn Williams to a very impressed Czech audience! (from our vantage point in the 1st violins, we could see lots of Czech nodding) and the choir performed the whole Mass in Blue for the second time this year. It was an absolute success and Brigith and Millie did a fabulous job, everyone was so impressed! Orchestra played Cowboys which was a very popular choice and we all love playing that one - its definitely a highlight!

    By this point, we were all feeling tired but satisfied and happy, our performances had run smoothly and the ovations were loud and long. Our third and final concert (for now!) was in another stunning location - the Jesuit Church if St. Francis in Skalica.
    It was picturesque inside and out and the sun made the church seem light and spacious. As we arrived we were very taken with the plush velvet armchairs thy made up the first two rows and the veiny, marbled rock in the decor. Scheherazade was the new addition and the solo parts, played by Jade, resonated beautifully in the high ceiling of the church. The unaccompanied songs sung by choir were also perfect for the acoustic and the solos by Lauson and Libby in ‘And So It Goes’ and ‘Shenandoah’ respectively were both beautifully sung and carried to every corner of the church. We had a lovely dinner in a local hotel and began on the long drive back to Olomouc. (Big Thankyou to our coach drivers!)

    From the students we would like to say Thankyou to all of the the staff who have come with us, with special mention to Mr Kirkwood for organising the whole trip and working on it for effectively the whole year, Mr Roper for conducting orchestra in all our concerts and rehearsals and taking on Mr Green’s pieces, as I know those pieces would be sorely missed; and last but not least to Ms Hodgson for taking the choir; she is an inspiration and has very good programme-choosing skills! I know I can speak for us all when I say, tour would not be the same without you and we are all extremely grateful!

    Helena Thomas and Izzy Annandale
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  • Day33

    Bratislava

    July 25, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    We got to the Slovak Radio Hall around 10.00 this morning and spent some time getting all of our equipment into the hall ready for rehearsals this afternoon; then we made our way into Bratislava town centre for time to go souvenir hunting and lunch shopping! Bratislava is absolutely beautiful and we would highly recommend coming out for a long weekend, the weather is glorious and the streets are bustling!Read more

  • Day33

    Slovak Radio Hall

    July 25, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    A near full house awaits CYO and CYCh for the final concert of the 2018 Czech Republic and Slovakia tour. It is also wonderful to see such a strong contingent of support from the UK too, it really does help to make this evening's concert even more special, thank you!

    The musicians are excited to perform in such an iconic venue and can't wait to bring the tour to a rousing musical conclusion...Read more

  • Day21

    Endless hospitality

    September 19, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    We reached the Danube which means from now on we continue the well-known flat Danube Cycle Route and ended up in Vienna where we stayed at Samuel's place. For rainy reasons, we had a rest day in Samuel's cosy apartment by sleeping in, breakfasting late, reading, talking about cycling and other bike travelers and planning our further route. In the evening we explored the city center by foot and went to the cinema for the Viennese comedy 'Die Migrantigen' with Samuel and his girlfriend.
    As yesterday we were blessed with better weather we hiked uphill to the Leopoldsberg from where we had great views of the Danube and Vienna. We went out with our bikes which felt quiet weird not feeling the weight of our panniers.
    This morning we hit the road again and followed the Danube till Bratislava - 5 hours of steady rain. We took it calmly as we can't change the weather anyway :)
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  • Day44

    Attackeee! Crossing boarder to Slovakia

    June 18, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Wi back on the road!
    Beautiful Euro Velo 6 cycle path today.
    Found three marijuana fields. Harvested all. (just kidding)
    Spontaneous hiking to the top of Hainburg castle. Awesome view.
    Met other cool cyclists on a boat.
    Night in Bratislava <3

  • Day5

    Bratislava, Slovakia

    April 2 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Fascinating afternoon in the current capital (since 1993) of Slovakia, which city was also the capital of Habsburg-era Hungary from ~1526 until 1784. Among other sites on this unique and historical stretch of the Danube are a growing modern city of over 426,000 (with over 100,000 university students), and a military cemetery where many of the Red Army liberators of Bratislava in 1945 rest (and as our guide joked, the Soviets apparently forgot that they liberated Bratislava in 1945 because they and other Warsaw Pact nations brought tanks to do it again in 1968 following the Prague Spring). Other sights included Old City Hall, St. Michael’s tower, the Bratislava Hrad or castle (now adjacent to the national assembly (legislature) building), the Slovenske filharmonia (Slovakian National Philharmonic) building, and finishing with a tasting of Slovakian beers (and pretzels) at the Beer Palace pub. Na zdravie! (which is Slovak too—not just Russian [which is spelled slightly differently in the transliteration]—for “to your health,” or more colloquially “cheers”).Read more

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