Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

The Striking Slovakian Flag Against A Rather Dull Sky

However, There's Nothing Dull About The Traditional Uniforms Of The Presidential Palace...

And Brighter Still Are These Cute Little 'Hop On Hop Off' Buses...

St. Michael's Gate And Tower Is The Only Surviving Gate From The...

Just Outside The Gate, This Plaque In The Pavement Marks The Spot...

Roland Fountain Stands In The Old Town Main Square, It Served As...

The Old Town Hall Dates Back Even Further, To 1421, It Now...

But It's The Statue Of 'The Frenchman' That Captures The Most Attention,...

There Are Several Other Similar Statues Lurking Around The Old Town, It's...

'Gotcha!' This One Stands Just Outside The Appropriately-Named Paparazzi Restaurant

And Then There's This Cheerful Fellow, Tipping His Hat To All The...

However, The Most Famous One, Known As 'The Watcher' Peeps Out From...

Anil And I Both Love Clocks Of All Shapes And Sizes, This...

Speaking Of Unusual, How About This Place Of Worship, Nicknamed 'The Smurf...

It May Look Whimsical, But It's A Proper Place For Prayer And...

The Art Nouveau Styling Seems To Lend Itself To The Pale Pastel...

And High Above Our Heads, The All-Seeing Eye Watches Us Admire The...

However, The Soviet Era Hospital Directly Across The Street Remains Abandoned, It's...

There's Lots To Love About This Sweet Little Gem Of A City,...

We Had Some Great Meals Here, However We Weren't Willing To Try...

Feeling A Little Footsore, We Stopped To Take A Break From All...

Our Second Day In Bratislava Dawned Bright And Sunny So We Made...

A Fire In 1811 Left The Castle In Ruins For More Than...

Museums Are Planned For The Interior Rooms, And A Coat Of White...

The Views From The Ramparts Are Well Worth The Steep Climb Up...

On The Opposite Side Of The Danube River A Concrete Jungle Of...

The 'New Bridge' Built In The 1970s Looks More Like A Spaceship,...

How Unfortunate That The Soviets Demolished The Medieval Walls In Order To...

I Turned My Attention To The Old-World Charm Of The Church Towers...

We Capped Off The Day By Joining A Free Walking Tour (Tips...

We Revisited Many Of The Same Sites We'd Seen On Our Own,...

This Plaque Honours Those Who Died When The Soviets Invaded In August...

Our Guide Directed Us To A Great Slovak Restaurant And Afterwards We...

We Had Some Time Before Our Train To Budapest, So We Decided...

The Soviets Built This Monument To Honour Their Dead, Lost As They...

Unfortunately, They Began An Occupation Of Their Own At The End Of...

A Large Part Of The Old Town Was Razed To Make Way...

They Did A Real Number On The Spirits Of The Local Citizens...

After The 'Velvet Revolution' And The 'Velvet Divorce' From The Czech Republic,...


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BACKGROUND

In the interest of expediency, here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet – Central Europe chapter on Slovenia:

Slovakia’s capital city is a host of contrasts: the charming Starý Mesto (Old Town) sits across the river from a communist, concrete-block apartment jungle. The age-old castle shares a skyline with the startlingly UFO-like ‘New Bridge’ from the 1970s.

Narrow pedestrian streets, pastel 18th-century buildings and sidewalk cafes galore make for a supremely strollable – if tiny – historic centre.

You may want to pop into a museum or climb up to the castle for views, but the best thing to do with a day here is meander the alleyways, stopping in as many cafes as you dare.

Founded in AD 907, by the 12th century Bratislava (then known as Poszony in Hungarian, or Pressburg in German) was a large city in greater Hungary. King Matthias Corvinus founded a university here, Academia Istropolitana, that is still evident today. Many of the imposing baroque palaces you see date to the reign of Austro-Hungarian Empress Maria Theresa (1740–80), when the city flourished.

‘Bratislava’ was officially born as the second city of a Czechoslovak state after WWI. Post WWII, the communists did a number on the town’s architecture and spirit – razing a large part of the Old Town, including the synagogue, to make way for a new highway. Today, the city is under construction once again.


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