Bratislava, Friday, 26 August 2016
The Charms of Bratislava
Today was another one of those tour fatigue days. We arrived in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and skipped the hour and a half walking tour in favor of seeing it on our own. While there was nothing particular that knocked my socks off, there was a lot to like about this charming town. From lovely gardens, to whimsical statues, to blocks and blocks of sidewalk cafes, Bratislava is working hard to regain the spirit and life it had before Communism.
We started our self-tour with a walk to Bratislava Castle with a 13th century watchtower that used to serve as a military fortress but later got turned into a vacation palace for the Habsburg dynasty. We skipped the option to tour inside and walked around the lovely gardens and back to old town. We enjoyed walking around Main Square and checking out some of the shops there while we tried to choose which one of the dozens of cafes would be our choice for a snacky. For those of you who know us well, a Ted and John snacky could be anything from a Zone Bar to a couple of burgers and fries. Or as our friend, Eileen, says, we're like a couple of four month old babies that need to eat every few hours. On this occasion, we settled on a pizza just to hold us till lunch a couple of hours away. We re-discovered our love of limos (lemonade) and I had a delicious grapefruit limo full of big chunks of fruit with lemon and soda.
We got back to the ship in time for lunch, but decided to skip the Miss Conception Game Show that afternoon in favor of a pseudo-day at sea. I think I dodged another bullet by missing that show because I understand it involved pulling people from the audience so they too can realize their drag queen dreams. Innocent bystanders were made to lip synch to disco hits while Miss Conception dressed them up in appropriate drag and taught them the basic dance moves every self-respecting drag queen should know. While I'm a big believer in continuing education, somehow I feel like I could go my whole life without ever needing those skills.
Tomorrow we arrive in Budapest for our final full day on the cruise and then stay on for a few more days on our own.