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Saving the Best for Last, Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia travel blog

Saving the Best for Last

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... when I would be done with what I intended to see. When I figured out my itinerary for Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, and Slovakia, I still had a few days left at the end to fill. In Budapest, I decided I'd stop in Vienna since everything in ...

Frolicking, Trenčín, Slovakia travel blog

Frolicking

A travel blog entry by eundel

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I got up first thing in the morning to go back to Trenčín Castle. I was at the gate when it opened at 9am, but I didn't get to see the castle until 10am, because that was the time of the first English-language tour. I was so excited to get an ...

Modra, Modra, Slovakia travel blog

Modra

A travel blog entry by budz888

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... Vietnamese Esperantists wanders past on the way to the station! She was on the same train going to the same Esperanto event in Slovakia. What a coincidence! Anyhow, I sent Péter an sms and before long he was there too. I'd got the time of the train ...

Untitled Slovakia Blog Entry, Bardejov, Slovakia travel blog

Untitled Slovakia Blog Entry

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... . I was also interested in seeing the wooden churches in the area. There were three types of wooden church in Slovakia: Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and something called "articular" Protestant Churches. At one point there were also apparently a few wooden ...

Calvary and Castles, Bojnice, Slovakia travel blog

Calvary and Castles

A travel blog entry by eundel

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Yesterday, on the Banská Štiavnica Old Castle tour, you may remember the one room I had seen that really caught my attention was the room of wooden sculptures from the Calvary Mount. Before leaving town, I decide to see if I could climb the actual ...

On the Ropes, Bratislava, Slovakia travel blog

On the Ropes

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... so far (with Klis Fortress a close second and the wall at Ston not counting in the castle category). Unlike Hungary, Slovakia was a country that took its castles seriously, without cluttering them with costumed performers, silly wax sculptures or tacky ...

Easy Listening, Košice, Slovakia travel blog

Easy Listening

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... . Buying the ticket was very easy because the agent spoke fluent English. She even helped me pick-out a seat because movies in Slovakia used reserved seats. Buying popcorn, since I'd skipped lunch, was more difficult. I wanted a medium popcorn, and the ...

Bad Timing, Good Timing, Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia travel blog

Bad Timing, Good Timing

A travel blog entry by eundel

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The day did not start off as planned. I arrived in Banská Štiavnica last night. The town was famous for being a major mining center from the Middle Ages, and the area was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The world's oldest technical ...

Two Castles, Two Churches, Two Thousand Ants, Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia travel blog

Two Castles, Two Churches, Two Thousand Ants

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... on by itself. St Martin's Cathedral wasn't all that impressive, and I'd seen higher quality Gothic altars in other churches in Slovakia. It did have some elaborate wooden family crests hanging at the tops of the walls. The crests were generally set inside ...

Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia travel blog

Bratislava

A travel blog entry by budz888

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Finally time to move on. I shook hands with my friendly front-desk bloke whom I woke up so many times so early in the morning. Well, he was pretty hard to wake so I used to just sleep on the bench outside till he checked to see whether I was there. ...

Trnava, Trnava, Slovakia travel blog

Trnava

A travel blog entry by budz888

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There was almost no-one around today as some people left today and most of the others went on an excursion to Vienna. So I took the opportunity to finally make it to Trnava. The bus was pretty pleasant of course but the towns before Trnava didn't ...

Wood Altars and Ice Caves, Dobšinská Ice Cave, Slovakia travel blog

Wood Altars and Ice Caves

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... featured a massive, Gothic, wooden altar carved over a period of years by Master Pavol, considered the best medieval artist in Slovakia, finishing in 1510. The nearly 19m high work was assembled without any nails. There were several side altars, also of ...

Zdiar., Zdiar, Slovakia travel blog

Zdiar.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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SEE NOT THE SKY, Low Tatra's, Slovakia travel blog

SEE NOT THE SKY

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... and many families regard those times as dark.) For nearly a week, we stayed at Jana's parents' holiday apartment and saw Slovakia's nature. One day, we were hiking the dry-yellow ridges of the Low Tatra Mountains.  Big, heavy rocks dropped ...

many reasons to give thanks...., Presov, Slovakia travel blog

many reasons to give thanks....

A travel blog entry by rawhideone

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... a little more and drink coffee and eat dumplings and cabbage and sausages and other Czech specialties.  We plan our trip to Slovakia...apparently Presov is about 10 hours by rail so we decide to do a sleeper train.  I'm a little nervous...I've ...

Bratislava by Bus, Bratislava, Slovakia travel blog

Bratislava by Bus

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... about the country. There was also a (temporary) exhibit with a handful of items from the Turkish occupation of southern Slovakia/northern Hungary. There was a little more Slovakian history there, but that was it for the museum. The other floors had a ...

Modra-Harmonia, Tuesday, Harmonia, Slovakia travel blog

Modra-Harmonia, Tuesday

A travel blog entry by budz888

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Well, class goes on as usual. During the break I got a snap of a couple of the beginner students. Both Slovak, so locals. Though unlikely local to Modra. Hope they keep up their Esperanto. In the afternoon there was an excursion, which I ...

More Churches, Dolný Kubín, Slovakia travel blog

More Churches

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... an entertaining chat with them while we waited since pretty much the entire family spoke English. They were from Barcelona and visiting Slovakia on a two-week trip. I told them I'd been to Spain, but only to Madrid and points south. Apparently this was ...

Rocks Don't Rock, Starý Smokovec, Slovakia travel blog

Rocks Don't Rock

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... apparatchik who owned a quarry somewhere, and he needed to keep the political prisoners busy. The stones were probably shipped to Slovakia from the Urals. Luckily, I didn't have any ankle or knee problems, but it still made the trail more difficult than ...

Modra-Harmonia, Wednesday, Harmonia, Slovakia travel blog

Modra-Harmonia, Wednesday

A travel blog entry by budz888

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Well, my new hotel/pension up here in Harmonia is great. I'm about 300 meters from the congress centre, out in the countryside... great bloke at the front desk who even stopped and gave me a lift into town yesterday when he saw me on the road. ...

Technically Aided, Slovensky Raj, Slovakia travel blog

Technically Aided

A travel blog entry by eundel

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Today was my big (planned) hiking day in Slovakia. I went back over to Slovensky Raj to try some of their real trails. Most of the trails, or at least the trails they bragged about, in "Slovak Paradise" went through or alongside gorges. They were not like ...

Slav, Bratislava, Slovakia travel blog

Slav

A travel blog entry by hels_belles

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... , but not as much as I had hoped.  About 3 and a half hours into the journey we crossed the border from Hungary into Slovakia, and I realised that I'd crossed borders in 4 ways now: air, sea, rail and road, yay!!  The border control guys weren't ...

Modra Harmonia, Saturday, Harmonia, Slovakia travel blog

Modra Harmonia, Saturday

A travel blog entry by budz888

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The view towards the congress-centre from the road towards Modra. Lots of nice greenery... lots of grapevines, nice villas dotted around the hills. First day of this lernu.net event. I've already managed to drag someone away from the convention ...

a German turtle, Bratislava, Slovakia travel blog

a German turtle

A travel blog entry by bogna

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POLSKI: Dzis byl dzien jezdzenia samochodami osobowymi, bo jest weekend i TIRowcy nie pracuja. Zaczelismy od dwojki Niemcow, potem byla m.in. mloda Wegierka mowiaca perfekcyjnie po slowacku, dzieki czemu moglismy prawie swobodnie rozmawiac. Nadrobila ...

Leaving Slovakia, Exiting at the border, Slovakia travel blog

Leaving Slovakia

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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We hate to move on out of Slovakia, so we manage just one more coffee break and lunch in a couple of those pretty spots before we cross the border into Hungary. I also had to mail a few post cards with Slovakian stamps on them. When I asked a couple of ...

Once I Had a Wooden Church..., Snina, Slovakia travel blog

Once I Had a Wooden Church...

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... the day looking at as many of the churches in the eastern section of the country as I could. The eastern end of Slovakia borders Ukraine and Poland. Wooden churches in that region were built in all three countries mainly by members of the Greek Catholic ...

Last day in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia travel blog

Last day in Bratislava

A travel blog entry by hels_belles

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After having a good read of my Lonely Planet's one paragraph that it gives to Bratislava's 'sights' and the tourist guide I'd picked up the day before I had about 4 places I wanted to visit today.  To be honest, outside of the old town there ...

Slovakia's Oldest City x2, Nitra, Slovakia travel blog

Slovakia's Oldest City x2

A travel blog entry by eundel

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... There were a few unusual church spires and a central square with clock-tower for me to see. Some sources claimed Trnava was Slovakia's oldest city. The town itself just claimed to be "among the oldest". The height of its importance was during the Turkish ...

North Along the Danube., Komarno, Slovakia travel blog

North Along the Danube.

A travel blog entry by charity_cycle

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... of the river. Swans dabbled on t the red river surface only metres in front of me. The bridge over the Danube and into Slovakia was only a few hundred metres away, and I was at the border shortly after breakfast. I even got a stamp in my ...

Travel tips for tight-arse backpackers, Krivan, Slovakia travel blog

Travel tips for tight-arse backpackers

A travel blog entry by jambo

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So, having had some time to pause and reflect on a crazy year of backpacking, we have assembled some words of wisdom for other budget backpackers.  Most of these tips are ways to save money while travelling and also how to enjoy the ...

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