I Still Don't Know How to Say "Ptuj"
Trip Start Jun 08, 2010
79Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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Anyway, Ptuj was a small town in eastern Slovenia. It had a castle, which was really more like a palace these days, a few monasteries and some churches. Because Ptuj was located at a major river crossing, from Roman through medieval times it was an important source of tax revenue, both from those crossing the river and those going down it. For several centuries, the Lords of Ptuj ruled the city and the surrounding areas from a series of castles, one of which sits on a small hill overlooking the river. After their line died out, the castle at Ptuj passed between various owners, eventually being converted to a mid-sized history museum.
This morning, I started my visit with a short climb up the hill to see that museum
Apart from that, there was just some strolling to do. Once again, it was hot. Maybe not as hot as the Croatian coast, but more humid and without as much breeze. The A/C in my hotel room wasn't working well, so the closest to cool I got was in the Dominican monastery where the stone and shade caused the lower levels to maintain a cool temperature year round. There was a dramatic difference of at least 20 degrees (F) between the basement and ground floor.
I'm hoping as I go farther north to Hungary, it will be cooler. Locals tell me it's not usually this hot here. I think they may just be trying to make sure I have a good impression of their area. Back when it was raining every day, they told me it wasn't usually rainy. I'd like to hear "It's not usually this cool" soon.