Trencin, Searching the Vrskovy Roots

Trip Start Nov 24, 2010
Trip End Jul 14, 2011

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Flag of Slovakia  , Trencin,
Saturday, July 2, 2011

We finally said our good byes and Ďakujems to everyone in Podbiel who so kindly shared their homes, food, drink, families and memories with us and then drove us to Kralovny to catch a train bound for Trencin. Trencin is not only John's father’s family roots but also famous NHL hockey stars Hossa, Chara and Gaborik hail from that area. In fact, they have seen the Stanley Cup in Trencin more than we have in Calgary and Vancouver. The town of about 60,000 sits below the third largest castle in Slovakia perched high on a rock above. We are starting to understand why people talk about churches and castles and Europe all in the same breath. The rain has followed us here as well so we haven’t seen much sun in Slovakia in the week we’ve been here. It is a surprisingly quiet town and we are not quite sure where everyone is. We haven’t made it to the castle here yet due to rain and, of course, the men’s Wimbledon final. That Djokovic is certainly on a roll!

We had an interesting couple of days meeting with some Vrskovys, one group over tea and another over dinner only to find out we likely aren’t related, except possibly further back. We were very excited and impressed that one man drove four hours from eastern Slovakia as he was intrigued enough to see if there is a connection. We plan on following up with them as they want to see if we are related further up the family tree, particularly given that John's dad is from the Trencin area and they believe that the Vrskovys from the area were related. After all, it's not a common name!
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Elda on

Welcome home. And many thanks for a great trip shared.

cousin Pat on

It must feel strange to be home, whereabouts will you be moving to in Vancouver? What made you chose Vancouver????
You sure have travelled the world!
Welcome back to Canada where I believe where the freshest air to breathe is, what do you think?

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