Briefly, Bratislava

Trip Start Mar 19, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Sunday, March 20, 2011

I awoke in Bratislava this morning. I can't be sure, but I don't know if I'd hread of Bratislava twelve months ago.

It's a lovely little city. Time constraints meant that I only had about 24 hours there,but I saw a few bits and pieces in that time.

I had lunch - fried Slovakian sheep's cheese (I would love to see a sheep milking!!) in the Slovak Pub - up an old, creaking wooden staircase into a real Slovakian looking room (I think!) with big, heavy wooden chairs and tables covered with red and white gingam tablecloths.

After lunch, I went for a walk through the old town and checked out the sights of downtown Bratislava - featuring such sites as Bratislava Castle on the Danube, the old Town Hall, the ubiquitous catholic cathedrals, st Michael's Gate, which draws one into a square with a fountain. There was a small area - maybe two or three squared metres covered with an assortment of wilting flowers, which I can only assume was in memory of some event in Slovakia's lng and fairly eventful history - Geman controlled to Soviet controlled and most recently, from what I read, a fairly amicable break up with the Czech Republic in '93.

To my delight, on entering one of the aforementioned churches, I managed to catch a mass - it was a smallish yet typically ornate cathedral. The mass didn't seem to stray far from the masses I have known and loved.

So now, the train to Prague. Incidentally, it was a short train from Budapest to Bratislava and I shared a compartment with a Hungarian bloke who is studying Physics - again, he finds me completely fascinating; the concept of travelling to him - travelling for fun?!? he finds completely strange and foreign. "Why are you doing this? Are you trying to find something?" he asks.
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