Trip Start May 30, 2012
Trip End Nov 07, 2012

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Flag of Slovakia  , Bratislava,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

No two European countries' capitals are closer than Bratislava and Vienna. So, not wanting to pass this opportunity up, we took a 6 Euro bus ride from Vienna to Bratislava and spent two nights there. It was stinking hot when we got there, up to 37degrees celcius (which is very hot for Canadians!). So after we checked into our hostel, we took a bit of a break before we went on another free walking tour. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and she was quite proud of the fact that Slovacs had stood their ground in Bratislava many times against foreign invaders (some buildings still have cannon balls in them). We were shown the vast contrast in architecture style of the communist era and after communism fell. We saw the "Blue Church" which is a very expressive cathedral-like church that looks like it was made for Smurfs with blue marshmellows. Across the street from that was a massive dull coloured, communist style building.

After, on our own, we walked up to a huge fortress/castle overlooking Bratislava and all the amazing bridges it has. It was later in the evening and the sun was setting, so quite the view!

The next day we decided to get a little adventerous and rent bikes to ride to the nearby town of Devin, which has a castle with some parts that are over 1100 years old. But of course Mr. Napoleon had to blow most of it up, so some of it was in ruins. It was still amazing with a lot of the structure built right into the rock cliff. That was when our day took a bit of a bump. We planned to continue to ride to other towns in both Slovakia and Austria but the only bridge from Slovakia into Austria in our direction was under construction. We only found this out when we got there, 15km away from our starting point. I also found out another unfortunate thing, that Jessica and long bike rides don't go well together (especially in 38 degree weather and when we are trying to find out where to go). So we didn't get to see all the towns we wanted to but we still got to see Devin. We made it back in one piece, but had to take a bus with our bikes for the last part of the ride home. Now onto Salzburg.


Whatever, Ryan...the bike seat was really, really hard!!! :(

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Mutti & Father on

Way to go! What a great adventure. You two are going to be in such good shape by the time you get home if you aren't already. With all that walking & biking you should be able to eat whatever you want.

mm on

bratislava sounds like a sausage dinner!

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