Eaten Alive!!

Trip Start Jul 07, 2009
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Trip End Jul 29, 2009


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Chlo found us a cheap three-star hotel in Bratislava through a Slovakian website, which described the hotel as “1970’s retro communist style”. We found the hotel to be everything described and more! The hotel was clearly tired, dated and featured original décor and fittings (including plastic flowers!). John felt like he had stepped back in time and was a character in a cold-war spy movie, so was constantly checking for hidden bugs and cameras. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, with the exception of one concierge, who had clearly been caught up in the theme (or was yet to hear the news that the Cold War had ended in 1989).

Bratislava’s old town features many places of interest including the primatial palace, Michael‘s gate,medieval fortifications and a large number of quirky statues (man at work, papparazzi etc). We enjoyed a stroll around the town before settling in for a few beverages on Hviesdoslavovo Namestie. We had not even started our first drink before we were savaged by the local mosquito population. We were suprised by the ferocity and intensity of the little biters attack.

After a lazy start to the day, we took a cruise to the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers, to the ruins of the Devin Castle. The ruins of the Devin Castle are an archaelogical site of national importance and still under excavation at the current time. As per normal, Chlo fell for the animals that formed part of a camp set up to recreate village life during medieval times. Before John could stop her, she had quickly fed out our entire packed lunch or sandiwiches, nectarines and bananas. She thought this was a true treat for the mal-nourished animals. John was less than impressed to have to go without lunch, but quickly perked up when we stopped at a local taverna for refreshments (which Chlo was equally excited to find was home to a litter of kittens).

The journey from Bratislava to Lubljana took us through Vienna. Upon arriving in Vienna, we unexpectedly boarded a train traveling a different route than that stated on our tickets and previously planned. The new route took us to Lubljana via Villach. The ticket inspector attempted to point out our mistake but quickly realised it was a futile exercise trying to converse with two ignorant English speaking tourists… when all Chlo could say to him was “zwie grosse bier bitte” (two big beers please).

Our luck had clearly turned at this point, as the train journey took us through the Julian Alps and also allowed us to alight at Lesce Bled (only five kilometres from our destination, Lake Bled and trimming three hours from our planned journey time. Result!). The winding journey through the Alps was truly spectacular and left us speechless at every turn. This train ride was undoubtedly a highlight of the trip.
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