Picturesque Slovakia

Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
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Trip End Nov 15, 2007


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Monday, July 3, 2006

Slovakia
Benenova
We drove though the home town of Pope John Paul 11 Wadowice, there are many monuments, street names and testaments to his memory.

The border guards in Slovakia were very friendly, almost happy to see us. This is a really understated country. I did not know anything about Slovakia when I was in Australia. I still am not too clued up but at least I know how beautiful it is.

Slovakia is only a tiny little country just a bit bigger than Holland, but the population is smaller with only 5,430,000 people compared to Holland's 16 million. The official language is Slovak but many speak Hungarian also. The country is run by Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda and the Democratic & Christian Union. It became a sovereign state in 1993 breaking peacefully away from The Czech Republic. Slovakia joined NATO in March 2004 and the EU in May 2004.

The countryside is full of tiny villages in the valleys and the mountains are covered with greenery, trees and wild flowers by the millions. It's easy to find a nice little spot to stop for a cuppa by a babbling brook with shelters and park benches provided. I photographed a few of the amazing insects as the place is a larder for bugs, grubs and birds. It's noisy with wild life and running water. Lots of interesting insects in a huge variety of colours, just as well Lynn likes to look at them too as we are always pointing them out to each other, or bringing them back to the camper for a better look and a bit of discussion.

Whilst we were driving, Lou and Lynn spotted a sign for a Thermal pool, so we went to investigate. Luckily we had enough of the local currency, Koruna, to pay our entry as it was not cheap. It was already 5:30pm when we entered so a 33% discount applied. It closed at 8:30pm but we were already well on our way by then. It was a massive place and just as an indicator, there were 1250 lockers in the women's change rooms. It was busy, warm, relaxing and loads of fun. Just sitting and unwinding from a busy few days was a welcome change. We soaked till the flesh practically fell from our bones.

We camped in a grassy glade by a stand of conifers for a night with the birds again. We really saw the best of Slovakia with the bright blue sky and 'Simpsons' clouds, even though we didn't see the capital, Bratislava
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