Beautiful Town

Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

After leaving Banska Stiavnica, we were intending to go do our first bit of hiking in the Low Tatras mountains. After a brief look at a small map of the country, we decided that Banska Bystrica would be a good place to base ourselves, as it seemed like it would have good access to the park. We really should have looked a bit closer at the map before sorting out our accomodation, as the town really isn't all that close to the mountians.

Not that this was a bad thing. Luckily for us, Banska Bystrica turned out to be a very beautiful little place full of beautiful people, and was considered as a possibility for the capital of the country due to it's more central location. During WW2, when Slovakia was allied with the Germans under fascist rule, BB was the centre of the resistance movement and was the scene of the beginning of the Slovak National Uprising. See, I can do history!

The centre of town was small but perfectly formed, with a wonderful town square as a focal point. Surrounded by museums, churches, shops, bars and cafes, it is the hub of life within BB and there always seemed to be plenty of people out and about. It even had its own wonderfully skew tower at one end, leaning a good 55cm to one side. Very off-putting to stand on level ground and look straight at it; I felt like I was falling over.

The only disappointment was the lack of people around in the evening, though I suppose it was a wednesday, not normally a big drinking night. We seemed to be sharing a pub with a group of 14 year olds getting drunk on the wallet of their teacher. Disturbing.

All in all, a mistake in destination I was very glad we made.
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