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The road through the Low Tatras restores our faith somewhat. Indeed this area is more beautiful than up high, with rolling hills, small passes and small farms between the villages. The sun is out now and we cheer up no end.
We bypass the busy town of Banska Bystrica on a fast road and are soon climbing high into the ...
... Otherwise no change...mood still low!!! I've taken to the bottle to compensate....
Did stop at an aircraft museum, lots to see but as all the writing was in Czech I'd no real idea what I was looking at. Pretty much all the aircraft were in a poor state but still interesting all the same!
Entrance to the ...
What a beautiful country!
Mountains, and more mountains, and wood and trees, and so much beauty all around. We walked around one of the villages that had been restored totally to the Baroque style of architecture.
Slovaks become part of Hungary for 1000 years.
1918 Czechoslovakia, country created where the Czechs and Slovaks joined up to break free from Hungary. The USA played a leading role in putting these two kingdoms together.
... was the next destination and is also a historic center as it contains the St. Mary's Basilica, rebuilt by the famous Polish king, Casimir III the Great. Inside the town also lies the Krakow Cloth Hall which contains a long stretch of stalls, each selling many souvenirs and items unique to Krakow. The purchase of miniature dragon figures conclude the trip in Krakow (one of their signature souvenirs).
Leaving Poland, it was a mountainous journey up along ...
... hoping to make a connection with them.
After standing there for about 45 minutes, watching cars, vans and trucks pass me by, a van finally pulled over. Martin and his 3 young sons were driving to visit their grandparent's house in the countryside. I had a good chat with Martin, and he told me hitch hiked a bit when he was younger. Unfortunately, he could only drive me about 20 minutes along my route. He dropped me off at a petrol station in a town called ...