Mediaeval dreams in Krakow and Orava Castle
Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
97Trip End Feb 02, 2011
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We camped as usual down a little path leading into the forest and this morning discovered we had stopped next to a huge thicket of blackberry plants, all heavily laden with sweet ripe blackberries
We packed up and moved out into yet another traffic jam. Finally we made it past and were sailing along toward Slovakia on beautiful winding and rolling roads through lush hills peppered with hand stacked drying hay and little villages tucked into the mountain forests.
After a few hours riding we rode past Korvin’s Orava Castle on a hill and at the last minute did a big ‘U-ie’ and went back to visit it. And I’m so glad we did. Sadly we had to go inside as part of a massive tour group. This had it’s advantages and disadvantages.
The disadvantage - it was totally crowded and we had to move along at the same speed as everyone, which in a world were people no longer can concentrate on anything for more then thirty seconds is pretty fast. Even me who likes to have a good look but doesn't take that longs felt way to rushed, I felt like I was constantly being hurry, hurry, hurried all the time and didn’t get to look at anything as much as I wanted to. And if it was like that for me I can’t imagine how rushed Felix would have felt, he usually takes five times longer then me to make his way through an exhibition
The advantages though - Felix thought our tour guide was a hottie and we both thought she was very lovely. The tour was all in Slovakian so when it started we thought ‘oh no, we’re not going to understand anything’ but she must have noticed we were looking totally lost because she came up to us and explained everything in English. With a few others who also understood English better then Slovakian we had a special little English tour inside the normal tour. Being on the tour we could hear many stories and legends from the castle’s glory days. A chair that was rumoured to ensure the woman who sat on it would be married exactly one year and a day after she had sat there. A painting of a King depicted with four fingers on one hand and six on the other because though he gave with one hand, he took with the other. A clock above the king’s maid’s bed with no hands to remind her time did not exist for her, she was always to be at the service of the king.
It was a really great castle. As well as having a nice place for the royalty to live it also had a super defendable fortress. Now it has steps for the tourist to climb up but back in the day the only way up was to climb a rope. It was so great, my favourite castle we have visited so far, it was so huge and grand