Hotel Liptovsky Dvor
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... back again one day.
We made it safely to Poprad, and along the way we were treated to majestic views of the Tatras Mountains and adorable Slovak villages. Poprad itself has a delightful city centre packed with colourful houses and a quintessential white cathedral. However, the outskirts of the town have communist-era written all over them, so naturally, we didn’t spend too much time looking the oppressive concrete structures.
We stopped for ...
... churches and the architecture of the cottages. Next, we climbed Gublowka Mountain, which took about 1 hour each way. The path was very slippery and it is a miracle that I didn't fall into the mud at some point. Nearly halfway up, on a grassy knoll, a man was herding sheep in a cloud of fog. I felt like I was in “The Sound of Music”, it was so bloody magical.
Finally on top the mountain, we saw ridiculously awesome ...
... I had to get my "Kop kun Kop" in, about the only Thai I remember, and she was genuinely appreciative and surprised. She leads a group each year to Hungary and Prague and this was the first time for her group in Slovakia. We're not the only ones so far from home.
Each night we went back to our Penzion for amazing local, authentic food. Two nights featured the same band. Beer and Slovakian wine are cheap and each night we felt like we were ...
... Big Deal! We sat in the hot pool and enjoyed the rain. Each night, there was a laser show in one of the large indoor pools. It was actually pretty cool. I've never seen anything like it and they can create holograms of people dancing in mid-air above the pools after they spray a fog over the pool.
In the background are the Tatras Mountains, a range of the Carpathians. It's a big tourist draw for Slovakians, ...
Another quiet sort of a day we got up and ate our breakfast around 8 ready for our hike at 9. We caught a train first, then took a funicular (which is like a tram that goes up the side of a mountain) further up the hill to where we started our hike. It started off nice and easy and stayed not to bad, it was a really great walk up though the mountains. And even though it ...