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Sep 30, 2019 - Bratislava

Well I’m here. I decided to take the metro to the train station. It went well. I arrived way too early but I didn’t want to take a chance on missing my train. The train was delayed. What frustrates me is that they don’t announce the platform until about 10-15 minutes in advance. Then you have to rush to get there, figure what carriage you’re in, etc. But it all worked out and I’m sure learning as I go. No pictures today. I was focused on the trip. I was chatting to a lady from Berlin at the Prague station. She was with a group of blind...

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Jan 7, 2019 - Happy Birthday travels to me in Bratislava

Yay, Happy Birthday to me. Today we are making a luggage free day trip to Bratislava in Slovakia. Caught a train from Hauptbahnhof main station in Vienna for a very short one hour train trip stopping only a few stations to Bratislava. Both Vanessa and myself had been to Slovakia, although I had just driven around Bratislava. It was a somewhat chilly morning on our arrival with the remnants of yesterday's snow still dotting the pavements causing quite a slippery surface. Don't know how the joggers managed to actually run on the dashed...

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Sep 10, 2018 - Bratislava

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...

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May 30, 2018 - Sleep, Slavin and Slovak gallery staff

After a sumptuous, eye-mask aided sleep-in, I decided to give the Bratislava museums another go and sought the City Gallery or Galleries as I discovered, which is a characteristic of Bratislava - their major museums and galleries are often split over a number of locations. Once again, each entrance was inauspicious to the point of being an OHS hazard. If there was a fire would we all be able to pile out the single door entrance? Probably, if today's attendances were any indication. I was the only patron at both locations and once again, a...

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May 29, 2018 - Art, Antiques and thunderstorms

Tuesday was always going to be an ideal day to explore Bratislava indoors. The weather forecast promised 'A thunderstorm at times' with little clarity about when this would occur; then there was the inevitable zatvorené v pondelok (closed on Mondays, which can often affect a misplanned traveller); Monday had been used as a marathon effort to tick off as many of the outdoor Bratislava sites as I could, and it was time to maximise that ICOM (International Council of Museums) pass again. Other advantages included the close proximity of most...

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May 28, 2018 - Bored in Bratislava? (no way)

My announcement of a four day stay in Bratislava has met with bemusement and interrogation from friends and strangers alike with some travel forums advising travellers to limit their stay to one day here. 'The consensus seemed to be that the city was worth a visit for an afternoon or so – perhaps as a day trip from Vienna, to tick ‘Slovakia’ off your list of world countries.' https://www.thecrowdedplanet.com/ and the Austrian couple I met whilst dancing in the park in Vienna (that's another blog - stay tuned) urged a day trip to Prague from...

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May 4, 2018 - The Summer Palace and Slovakia

On our second day in Vienna, we boarded a bus for Schönbrunn (meaning "beautiful spring"), the summer palace for Maria Theresa. In 1569, Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II purchased a large floodplain of the Wien river and had erected a mansion called Katterburg. The emperor ordered the area to be fenced and put game there such as pheasants, ducks, deer and boar, in order for it to serve as the court's recreational hunting ground and it was used in this way for the next century. The Schönbrunn Palace in its present form was built and...

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Dec 1, 2017 - Snow and Sun in Bratislava

What difference a day makes! We woke to blue skies and a white ground. They said there had been a lot of snow, but to us it was just a light covering of wet, melting, icy snow. A beautiful day nevertheless, cold, but perfectly walkable. We were up early and got ready. Our room has a walk in closet with a full length mirror on the far wall (see photo) which makes it appear a lot bigger than it is. It is so effective that Christine has walked into the mirror several times reaching for clothes which are, in fact alongside her. It seems to be a...

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Sep 21, 2016 - Through Slovakia To Hungary

Day 11 – Wednesday 21st September Vienna, Austria – Budapest, Hungary via Bratislava, Slovakia - 172 miles, total to date = 1,280 miles No news about the missing wallet so no point in hanging around any longer, we’ve done all we can so we are pushing on now to Budapest in Hungary. Just a lot more aware of how vulnerable we are & how we need to safeguard our remaining debit cards. Takes the shine off our trip a bit. We emptied our waste water tank & filled up our fresh water tank before leaving the site & then headed off. I planned the route...

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Aug 26, 2016 - The Charms of Bratislava

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...

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Jun 22, 2016 - The old Iron Curtain

We are now behind the Iron Curtain in the beautiful city of Bratislava Slovakia. There are 5 bridges here with the New Bridge being the oldest and the Old Bridge the newest. Go figure! During the Soviet rule the UFO restaurant on top of the new bridge was closed so that the people could not see Austria and long for a different time. Interestingly you can stand on the ground and see both Hungary and Austria just fine. Bratislava is a large city of half a million people with a small and vibrant old center. It is only an hour trip from Vienna...

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Apr 9, 2016 - Goodbye Hungary, Hello Avalon Panorama

I'm writing this from the extraordinarily beautiful cabin onboard the Avalon Waterways Panorama. This is the first full day of our Danube river cruise and I'm loving it!! But I'm getting ahead of myself. Yesterday morning, after checking out of our not-so-terrific hotel in the Tokaj region of Hungary (beautiful wine country), we headed to the quaint little town of Mad. It's pronounced more like "mod". Karesz took us through some amazingly beautiful countryside and it seemed as if this last day in Hungary would be pretty uneventful. Then he...

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