Bratislava

Trip Start May 05, 2007
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Trip End Aug 02, 2007


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Saturday, July 7, 2007

No one else was interested in traveling to Slovakia, but I figured that while I was in the Czech Republic for two months, I might as well go.  So I took the morning bus there and the night bus back, giving me about 16 hours in the city of Bratislava, which was quite enough time to explore.  The towntown old town area was quaint, but it could simply not match up to Prague.  I've heard that the mountain areas of the High Tatras are beautiful and the place to go in Slovakia, but I wasn't quite confident enough to navigate tiny towns where very little English is spoken as a solo young woman.

Anyways, I spent almost the entire day in Bratislava wandering around, rather aimlessly, just soaking up the city.  I loved some of the modern art exhibits that dotted the various parks and squares in the city center.  It was also a nice contrast to Prague because there were deserted cobblestone side streets.  I was expecting the shopping to be better (it was not even as good as in Brno, which was quite disappointing).  The center square also was not too impressive, but I did wander into some smaller pretty churches.  I never made it to the castle (but considering I never actually paid for entry into the chambers of Prague Castle, I guess I can't complain - besides I was pretty much castled out after our trip to Moravia).  The good thing was that the bus tickets from Prague and all the food and souvenirs I bought (come on, you have to have at least one Slovakia shot glass in your collection) amounted to about $30.  Not a bad day trip.  Overall it was a pleasant trip that I have no desire to repeat.
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