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Apr 4, 2011 - Bratislava, Slovakia

This morning after breakfast we head out by tram to the train station where we get our train to Bratislava for the day for the day sightseeing. A walk around the city a nice lunch and back on the train to Vienna. on the 5th of April we travel to Cesky Krumlov by minibus

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Sep 7, 2010 - Day 16: Bratislava, Slovakia

Day 16: Bratislava, Slovakia The city: First settled over 2,000 years ago by Celtic tribes, Bratislava has seen the rise and fall of many empires. After the capture of Buda(now Budapest—see Day 17) by the Turks in 1536, Bratislava temporarily became the capital of Hungary and Hungarian kings were crowned in St. Martin’s Cathedral for the next 300 years. Under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the town was virtually a suburb of Vienna with the two towns connected by street-car. With the creation of an independent Czechoslovakia in 1918, the city...

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Jun 9, 2010 - concrete jungle

We arrived at the hotel late after our plane, bus and tram journey. The hotel is a massive tower block, maybe 20 storeys high. When we arrived, I think the reception guy had been waiting for us cos he knew who I was without me telling him my name! After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we took a wander round the old town which is full of cobbled streets with cafes and bars. We also took a walk up to the b

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May 17, 2010 - Bratislava, SLOVAKIA

Wednesday, May 17 Today, we took a day trip to Bratislava (approx. 1 hour train ride), capital of Slovakia. Nestled on the Danube, this relaxed city boasts a beautiful Old Town which is a testament to past Hungarian rule. Slovakia, which became an independent nation only in 1993, has a history of conquerors and domination, evidenced in its many fortresses and castles. Foreign influences can be seen in the interesting contrast in architectural styles. In Bratislava, we visited the castle and then it started raining again. Zsolt, our tour...

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Apr 14, 2010 - Day 4 – what’s that? Blue sky?

It was now time to move on so we headed off up the Danube bend to Bratislava – the capital of Slovakia. We made an interesting hotel choice and ended up staying at the Botel Marina – a boat moored on the Danube overlooking the castle (or it more overlooking us). Anyone who knows me evenly half reasonably well knows I usually avoid boats like the plague but it was a nice change from the stock standard hotel that will used for most of the trip. Bratislava we covered off by 4pm that afternoon – it’s a small typical European city with an ‘old...

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Apr 6, 2010 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is a town situated on the Danube river. It is in Slovakia on the Austrian border. Once in Bratislava, I came upon somewhat of a rally. I found out the Russian President was arriving at the exact same time I was arriving, and only two blocks from my hostel. We were neighbors. The Russian president and President Obama were meeting in Prague for a little summit. Slovak cuisine. I was only in Bratislava for two days, so I did not get a huge chance to experience the food. However, I did try Slovak dumplings. Very similar to our...

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Apr 5, 2010 - Budapest - Good Times

Budapest was a lot of fun. I met up with a couple of London girls who were a total hoot. Rachael on Anthea were loads of fun. We stayed out into the wee hours of the morning drinking, walking, tram riding, following young boys to a so-called "party". We always ended up at the same corner store to buy beer and back to the hostel to watch American films via the projector. Thanks girls for a great time in Pest. I also visited one of the many thermal baths. It was just okay. Nothing special. Three warm swimming pools outside, and a bunch of...

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Aug 24, 2009 - 24th Loving Bratislava..…

So, with the Dalmatia coast in Croatia being our favourite place so far, it now has a rival – beautiful Bratislava!! I think we’ll have to call them joint first place. We caught the tram from just near the campsite and guessed our way into the centre – would you believe they have a shopping mall called City Centre which makes it slightly confusing for the uninitiated tourist. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we got there – a mix of old and new buildings with fountains, statues and monuments from various eras. All the way along one side...

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Aug 23, 2009 - 23rd The Adventure Continues..…

A: Decided to hit the road again to country number 11 – M with itchy feet after staying in the same place for more than 2 days! We had a great day yesterday – the church and reception were amazing venues and the party continued until 3pm – yes we were amongst the last to leave!! It was great to meet up with old friends and make some new ones. M: I now have ‘marble’ burns on both knees thanks to air guitar slides across the dance floor in the grand ballroom at 3am! With my ramboesque style tie I need to apologise to everyone, im sure that...

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Aug 14, 2009 - Bratislava in Slovakia

Friday August 14 We left Vienna at 9AM after breakfast and leisurely cruised down river towards Bratislava in Slovakia. This town is being deleted from the itinerary of future tours so this could be our last chance. We are told that Slovakia, once the poor relative to the Czech Republic has now been admitted to the European Union and has become very successful than the Czechs. House prices have quadrupled since 1994 and the release from communism has benefitted from the EU demanding certain KPIs such as increases in GDP, productivity etc...

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Aug 11, 2009 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Slovakia was so difficult to get to that in hindsight I should have just skipped it. Yet after a night out with Nic and Sean I was up at 4.30am to head for the main bus station via the metro. The ticket sellers weren’t open yet so I boarded the metro with fear and trembling that I was going to get fined again but luck was on my side and I rode the rails fare-free with no repercussions this time. The ONLY bus to Bratislava, Slovakia which is only 4 hours from Budapest, leaves at 6.30am which isn’t the time I’d normally like to be catching a...

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Taking the Long Way

Aug 11, 2009 - Cruising the Danube to Bratislava

After a delightful stay in Austria, we got up early this morning for our Danube cruise to Bratislava, Slovakia (called the “Twin City” of Vienna). I’d decided to visit Bratislava on the way to Budapest because I’d heard good things about the city’s historic castle and quaint Old Town area and it was an easy stopover between Austria and Hungary. From Vienna, you can take the train or the hydrofoil to Budapest – each makes a stop in Bratislava. We chose the cruise for the first hop (it was more expensive than the train) and then the train...

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