Trip Start Apr 05, 2007
Trip End Aug 15, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Levoca is a sleepy medieval town where the town wall is still almost entirely intact and 3 out of 4 gates/towers are still standing.  It is besieged by tourist buses by day and then very quiet and peaceful at night.  We stayed in a cheap private pension/guesthouse which was basic but all we needed (even if the beds were a lil hard).  SAw all the main sights in town including a 'cage of shame' where disobedient/talkative women were placed as a means of punishment... no, i did not try it out!!    At the local ice cream parlour we watched them making the ice cream in churns out back then enjoyed the fruits of their labour!
It was here that I also enjoyed a traditional eastern european dinner - a garlic soup - very creamy and quite delicious.  not at all overpowering except i'm sure my mum would say she could smell it coming out my pores.  For mains shared the dumplings with Geordie as they got quite sickly after a while - small stodgy dumplings covered with cheese sauce and bacon.  And the best beer in Slovakia has to be Zloty Bazant (golden pheasant) - very smooth and extremely palatable!!!  It was at this restaurant that we also saw 3 middle aged and middle spread ladies beamed forward from the 80s - short tight skirts, figure hugging tops and big bouffy hair - very scary and enough to put anyone off dinner!!!

The main drawcard for this area though is Spisske Podhradie and nearby Spisske Kapitula.  The former is Slovakia's largest castle which sits proudly atop a hill in the middle of rolling countryside.  There were heaps of gophers about which we had never seen before so took lots of pics.  CAstle ruins now mostly look out points with a small museum and chapel and tower to climb.  Spisske Kapitula is a churchy village .... was once a monastery or something and all buildings somehow belong to or relate to the church somehow.  Had a tour of the Church here, which as it turned out, closely resembled the style of the main church in Levoa - the same "master paul" must have designed/painted the interiors.  Weirdly, there were loud speakers set up at various points around the village but for what purpose we weren't entirely sure....
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Martin on

there are masses every sunday and those speakers are for people outside the church, so they can hear what the parson is saying.

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