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  • Day252

    Vrutky and meeting new family

    May 13, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Left Bratislava this morning to stay with my cousin Marienka and her husband Zdenko. Train ride was about 2 1/2 hours and Zdenko met me at the train. When I arrived at the apartment Marienka greeted me with a shot of Slivovica, pinch of salt and a piece if bread. This is a customary welcome in northern Slovakia. I then met my second cousins Rastislav, Andrea and Veronika and their children. We talked and laughed for hours. Later we went to my cousins beautiful cottage which is situated on a hill overlooking the valley.Read more

  • Day256

    Cicmany, Rajecka Lesna & Rajecke Teplice

    May 17, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today's field trip was once again amazing. There is so much to see in this part of Slovakia. We started out in Cicmany where all the houses are painted in traditional folk design. It was a very old and beautiful village that dates back hundreds of years. Each symbol on the houses mean something else. Next we headed to Rajecka Lesna know as the Bethlehem of Slovakia. It has healing waters, a Calvary road and the largest mechanical carving of Slovak life. It was carved by a local man who had no woodcarving background but spent years carving the scene. Absolutely amazing. We had lunch and a beer here and the temperature hit 26 degrees. Our last destination of the day was Rajecke Teplice, another spa town. It was not what I expected and I have to say that Bojnice was my favourite spa town so far. I can't thank my cousin enough for taking me to all these beautiful parts of northern Slovakia.Read more

  • Day254


    May 15, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today's roadtrip was through the Orava country side. We travelled over 250 km through Dolby Kubin, Trchova, Namestovo and Liptovsky Mikulas. We went to a remote village where the village people set up a mill in a valley to accommodate both valleys. The road was very ragged and one school was three km away. The mill is being restored and was incredible to see the joinery involved in the operation of the mill. There were free range goats and chickens on the property. We stopped off at one of Marienka's friends for a glass of wine and then headed to Turcianske Teplice. This is another spa town with healing waters for gastrointestinal problems. I drank a glass of the stinky sulphur water to keep myself healthy.Read more

  • Day255

    Harmaneska Jaskyna (cave)

    May 16, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Headed out for a walking tour up 1.5km to Harmaneska Jaskyna. The stallogmite cave was discovered in 1932. We traversed through the cave for 45 minutes and travelled down 850 metres. The air was incredible in the cave. Our guide cut the lights at one point of the tour to show how dark it was for the miners when the tunnelled through and their lamps went out. Some interesting rock formations were a lions head, witches face, three wise men and the Empire State Building.Read more

  • Day259

    Day 260: Vlkolinec

    November 1, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Time to change countries again! Loaded up the car and headed out of Brno, again with a bit of traffic. I think we made the mistake of getting a place in the city centre when we didn't need to - we've spent all of our time outside the city and haven't explored here at all.

    Quite a long drive today, approx 4 hours from Brno south-west to the isolated little town of Vlkolinec in Slovakia. It was bitterly cold outside, only a few degrees, though thankfully no snow! Except in one part where we drove over a mountain pass and through a ski resort - lots of snow on the slopes and buildings, but none on the road. There are handy temperature read-outs at regular intervals, telling you both the air temperature and the road temperature so that you know when to expect ice.

    Had a quick lunch at McDonalds and kept on driving, eventually arriving at Vlkolinec (vill-collEEN-etsh) around 2pm. It's a small mountain village, only about 50 houses, and is apparently a great example of what traditional Slovakian mountain villages are like. I'll be honest - these aren't my favourite type of world heritage site, but it was moderately interesting I guess.

    Quite pretty with snow on the roofs, little bits on the grass and so on. Some brightly coloured houses too which was quite nice. Did our filming which didn't take long, then hopped back into the car as we had one last stop to make.

    Drove for another hour or so out of the mountains and arrived at a tiny hamlet of Hronsek, where the last of our wooden churches was located. This is one of the Slovakian ones (as opposed to the southern Polish ones, and the Polish/Ukrainian ones). We weren't intending to go inside but it was open so we went in, and although the lady operating the place didn't speak English, there was another couple inside she was showing around, and the man spoke English so kindly translated a little for us.

    Had a good look around (though couldn't film inside), then headed off again. And just in time, since it was now about 3:30 and the light was fading fast. Daylight savings had ended a couple of days prior and it now gets dark around 4pm.

    Back to the car where we drove to our hotel for the night at the town of Banksa Stiavnica. A mountain town that's also a world heritage site which we'll be checking out tomorrow. Found ourselves a parking spot right out the front of our hotel, settled in, then grabbed some dinner from a nearby cafe. Had a local delicacy of cheese samosas, topped with two other types of cheese. It was .. interesting.
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  • Day2553

    The mountain village of Vlkolínec

    July 5, 2017 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Vlkolínec, situated in the centre of Slovakia, is a remarkably intact settlement of 45 buildings with the traditional features of a central European village. It is the region’s most complete group of these kinds of traditional log houses, often found in mountainous areas.
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  • Day9

    Oravský Podzámok

    May 22, 2018 in Slovakia

    The Orava castle was never conquered and was one of the few that never fell into disuse or disrepair. Interestingly, in the 17th century, the only male heir died at the age of 23, and the will specifically stated that the estate could not be divided. So, the 7 daughters and their husbands together created a com-possessorate, and ran the estate through an administrator. It stayed with the family until the communist government appropriated it after WWII.Read more

  • Day80

    Kein Ponyschlecken in den Bergen...

    September 18, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    ... oder: nur die Harten kommen in den Garten.

    Die ersten richtigen Bergetappen haben wir gut hinter uns gebracht (auch wenn wir beide schon kurz davor waren, unser Rad aus lauter Frust in den Graben zu schmeißen) und sind inzwischen in der Slowakei angekommen. Der letzte Tag in Polen war sehr schön - wir sind über uns selbst hinausgewachsen und haben drei ordentliche Anstiege mit teilweise schon sehr schönen Aussichten zurück gelegt. Dabei haben wir mehrmals festgestellt, dass es doch eigentlich ziemlich bekloppt ist, dass wir uns bis zu anderthalb Stunden den Berg im Schneckentempo hocharbeiten um danach genauso viele Höhenmeter in einem Bruchteil der Zeit wieder herunter zu rollen.

    Am ersten Tag in der Slowakei mussten wir darauf warten, dass sich der Nebel verzieht um einen super schönen Blick auf den Stausee, an dem wir übernachtet haben, und die dahinter liegenden Berge zu genießen. Danach ging es über ziemlich zerbröselte Straßen und schotterige Waldwege durch die Berge - auch diesmal wurden wir wieder mit wunderschönen Ausblicken belohnt.

    Wir sind schon ziemlich stolz auf uns - gegen die letzten 3 Tage sind die 110 km von vorletzter Woche Ponyschlecken.
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  • Day32

    Liptovsky Jan

    November 7, 2018 in Slovakia ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Das Thermometer war in dieser Nacht unter die 0°C gefallen😬. So war es an diesem zwar sonnigem aber frostigem Morgen sehr angenehm ein kurzes Bad im kostenlosen Thermalpool in Liptovsky Jan einnehmen zu können. Die Wassertemperatur mit um die 20°C erscheint dabei im Vergleich zur Außentemperatur wohltuend warm.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Zilina, Žilina, Zsolnai körzet

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