Europe...east of the Alps travel blog

a Harley pub & pizzeria ..... what next?

a pair of 'lost soles' looking for a lift

the UFO tower at Bratislava looked like it was receiving a 'message'...

the pretty 'Blue' Danube was a little off-colour

religious statues in Bratislava .... how unusual!

another version of the 'hop-on-hop-off' was very cute

water features ....

.... and ornate buildings filled Bratislava's town centre


Our overnighter at Zvolen was a shocker, one of the worst. Like so much in Slovakia it was overpriced and over-rated and more like a relic from the Soviet era. At least it was roomy and the fun part was that all the doors were padded, inside and out, so we knew we couldn't do any harm to ourselves. We headed out early the next morning as soon as the security gates were opened.

Our best memory of Zvolen was apple strudel with coffee for breakfast in a small cafe in the town square.

The roads on to Bratislava were a mixture but mostly good and definitely excellent for bike riding especially when winding through farmland and hills. The weather was a near perfect 23-24C and traffic was light although there were a few too many crazies.

Our very first deer sighting came while Gilli was cruising through a forest area, not large but great to see and thankfully cleared the road quickly.

Bikes were out in numbers with quite a few Harleys among them. At one small town we came across a Harley Davidson Pub & Pizzeria which was in no way a small operation.

Bratislava was not a big city as expected of the country's capital but being on the banks of the Danube made it very popular with tourist. Its old areas were filled with colourful buildings and a number of lush parks with the usual array of water features.

We put in some serious walking especially around the Old Town. Crossing the Danube over the main bridge and along the river side tested our resilience even further.

Breakfast in a park is always fun but here we had 'dinner in the dark'. A recommended open-air restaurant was the choice and all was looking good. The sun had completely set as our meals arrived but without any lighting whatsoever eating was a little difficult. No candles, nothing.

Fortunately, whatever it was we ate, it was good.

We headed back into Czechia and made a stop-over in Kromeriz which was one of our best choices. The town and our hotel were excellent and to top it off we visited the 1665 Flower Garden. That place was gorgeous. A colourful 17th C garden with a 250m long colonnade displaying 44 Greek and Roman Gods plus a spectacular Rotunda and huge water features made this visit very special.

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