Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
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Well whilst onboard the Danube cruise - we also stopped off at Bratislava on a very pleasant sunday afternoon.
I accompanied a group on a guided walking tour of the city and here is what I managed to find out.
1) Bratislava is a very new capital, with Slovakia only being created on splitting from the Czech Republic in 1993. This split was not by way of referendum but political decision making and not without controversy as ...
... and hurriedly dumped our backpacks in the boot and settled in the back of the car. We chatted with the couple for a little bit, however English wasn’t their strong point, so we kept to ourselves and eventually got dropped off near the city centre in Bratislava. It had been awesome and certainly something I intend on doing again. I also apologised quietly to all hitchhikers I had ignored in the past when I used to drive past them, often looking down upon them in ...
... we saw that a human-size game of chess had been set up. There were two players playing the match on a normal board, who then called out their moves. The life-size people pieces would then move. It was quite entertaining the watch. It turns out that this consisted of a lot of the same people we saw reenacting the medieval parade at the castle. All of the pieces were dressed up in medieval attire and would yell and pretend to be killing the other piece when a ...
... a blazing sunrise.
Mornings are my favorite time of day on the road, despite the lingering ordeal ahead. Everyday I wake up to something different. A foggy field, a lumpy forest, a silent lake, traffic, the slapping of a river and the chug of long boats. I cook porridge and coffee sat cross legged on the grass enjoying the peace, pack away my tent, load Allan and pedal on leaving nothing but a crumpled square of grass behind.
... ended in 1989, it has grown a lot. Austria is less than an hour away, trains leave every 20 munutes, a boat leaves every hour on the hour so there is a real connection. The main industry used to be making weapons; now, it's making cars. The city has just built a new shopping center and, of course, ANOTHER opera house!! So now there will be two. The original one is gorgeous and fairly large. Music, music, music! The tour ended with a performance ...