Country of mountains

Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
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Trip End Oct 15, 2008


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Flag of Slovakia  , Presov,
Saturday, June 7, 2008

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The clouds didn't clear so we packed up and headed over to Slovakia. Again this drive was great, we stopped and got a few pictures of the snowcapped peaks, and headed over yet another unmanned boarder crossing. It turns out Slovakia is a very beautiful country. It is very mountainous, which makes the surroundings amazing to look at. We were going to stay in the Tatra Mountains over this side and maybe walk around here, but the weather had continued to be awful, and you couldn't even see them!

Instead we headed to a little town called Levoca. This is meant to be the most beautifully preserved walled town in Slovakia, and the way it was describe we thought we would have to see it. The town was small and quiet and the buildings run down. There was a cage of shame in the main square where prisoners used to be locked back in the day, Dave quiet liked this, but other then that I wouldn't go out of your way to see this town.
The camp site we stayed in was very nice and not far from Levoca. It was set in the mountains and everything was quiet and peaceful. The lady who ran the camp was very helpful in telling us what to do with our time here as well, and gave Dave an itinery, she didn't speak much English so it involved pointing at a map and saying here. The more times she said here the better the place seemed to be!

So armed with some local knowledge we set off the next day towards Kocise. Everywhere you drive it is just amazing, I don't think I would ever get sick of looking at the Slovakian vista. On the way to Kocise we drove through some fairly dodgy looking areas though. They looked just like shanty towns, with hundreds of bedraggled looking kids, rubbish and people doing washing out of tubs. We are assuming that these were The Roma's, who we have read about, we are not entirely sure who they are, but it seems they are usually poverty stricken. Needless to say we didn't stop.

On the way to Kocise we stopped at Spissky Hrad, a castle built on top of a huge hill. We went to the first car park we saw and paid a guy 60SK and then proceeded to climb up the hill. I was exhausted by the time we got to the top, and then we had to pay more money t get in. It was worth it, the views were amazing and the castle is fairly well intact. This is the largest in Slovakia and we had a great time climbing over the ruins (after I had got my breath back!). We also saw some little Spermaphils, little Meerkat type animals, running around the grassed area, popping in and out of their holes, they were quiet cute.

We arrived in Kosice at around 6pm, and had no idea where we were going to stay that night. Kosice as a lovely old town area, the atmosphere was great so we sat and had a beer (well I did, Dave had a milkshake 0.0 blood alcohol). By 7 we thought we should find the camp site. After looking around for ages and not finding it, we gave up and decided to leave Kosice and drive until we found somewhere. Just as we were leaving the town a camping sign popped out of no where and lo and behold it lead us to the camp site!

It was very basic, but cheap so we settled in. Turns out there were about 12 campervans from Belgium here, and they had taken all the power, so we made do with out (no really a problem). We also chatted to an older Dutch couple for a little while. They had some good stories about traveling through Estonia during soviet rule. He was a mechanic, so Dave thought he would get him to try and find the oil cap (it doesn't seem to exist). After about 20mins of looking, he also could not find it, and we decided to blame it on being a French motor!

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