Another country - Slovakia!
Trip Start Sep 04, 2010
29Trip End Sep 24, 2010
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Today we drove down over the border and into Slovakia. What a beautiful country! We saw lots of beautifully coloured buildings, lovely houses and green mountains with dense forests. We went to Namestovo which is on a lake. It was very cold and so foggy when we arrived there at 11.30 that we couldn't see the water! But by the time we had warmed up with a cup of coffee the fog had started to lift. We drove around a bit and then by around 12.30 the fog was mostly gone and we could really enjoy the scenery. Drove on a narrow forestry road to the top of a nearby mountain and what a view!
Getting lunch was interesting. Stopped in Trstena on the Slovakian side of the border. Took us awhile to find a little cafe/take away shop because most shops are not very well signposted and are shut indoors
On the way home we found one of the oldest wooden churches in Europe. It’s on the Polish side of the border. Quite spectacular from the outside. Wish we could have seen the inside too!
We made it home. I know that doesn’t sound like much but today it was good. Something we’ve noticed here is that people don’t talk to strangers. If you pass someone in the street, on a hike, even in our own building sometimes, it’s rare for them to say hello. They mostly avoid your eyes or just look through you. No one stops for people waiting at pedestrian crossings unless they have to so they don’t run the people over
Speaking of cars, someone stole our front number plate yesterday afternoon!!!! Isn’t that the pits! We phoned Marzena in Australia and she said not to worry, people do that! As I write this the sirens just keep going out in the street. We hear them every waking hour in a constant stream! Thank goodness we have our 24hour security guard downstairs. I can see why they think it’s necessary! She (there’s been a series of different women) has her own special area where she can see all comings and goings and has a bank of TV cameras which she monitors carefully. She’s always watching and keeping us safe!!