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... retrospective tourism, did I learn that it had been part of Hungary until the end of WW I, when the Treaty of Trianon ceded it to Czechoslovakia. At that time about a third of the population was Jewish. They were virtually all exterminated in the camps in 1944.
We parked, and Annie’s radar led us in the direction of the town square. We passed a bar and café with graphics that appealed to me. Being timid, I encouraged the others to go in and ...
... Ascertaining that I was qualified to take the four species, he handed me the etrog—a special citrus fruit grown in Israel. I held it in my left hand and pressed it against a bouquet of palm, myrtle, and willow branches that the Rabbi gave me to hold in my right (collectively these branches are called the lulav). Reciting the prayer after the Rabbi, I moved the four species in the required six directions: forward, to the right, to the back, to the ...
... the police finally gone, the coast was clear. So we decided to go for a walk. We retraced our footsteps of the previous day, up the hill. We went past the church under construction, which was today being actively constructed (see photo), past the ritzy half-finished houses still guarded by the German Shepherds, and walked through a field into a serious oak forest. The the branches of the oaks broke the sun into beams. ...
... obtained illegally. We speculated that the bribe we paid the previous night might buy several square meters of the plum tiles.
At the top of the hill was yet another church, this one in the advanced stages of completion. The photo shows Manfred, who is an architect, contemplating its form and function. While he was doing that I walked down to the entrance to see how the interior was coming along. I cracked open the door ...
... next church.
My next stop was Ruská Bystrá. That church was one of the eight mentioned in the UNESCO World Heritage listing for the churches, so I was pretty sure it would be open for tourists. The key-holder address was in fact listed, although it was on a poster with the church history set by the street rather than on the church itself, so I almost missed it because I didn't care to read the poster as I already a good explanation in my book.
I drove back ...
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