Monthly Archives: April 2014

Bratislava’s Majáles (30 April until May 4) & the “10 Years in the EU” Celebrations

Here’s a quick post to let you all know about quite a cool festival which starts – well – tonight in Bratislava. The Majáles (May celebrations) happen every year but this time round they’re tied in with celebrating ten years of … Continue reading

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Is Levice Really So Bad?

Ah Levice! The stunning medieval town square; the church with the sublime craftsmanship of the architect Master Pavel; the famous pilgrimage site of Mariánska Hora; stunning national parks nearby… No. That’s Levoča, one of the pearls of Eastern Slovakia and … Continue reading

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Banská Štiavnica’s Aura

When you book last-minute accommodation as I often do (because in my own life outside of work I am incredibly disorganised) you rarely expect to arrive, stay, and come away from the place feeling that you might just have discovered … Continue reading

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The “Weird Woman” of Banská Štiavnica

Just as a ship is a woman, so a cafe or bar can be – and a decidedly strange one at that. Weird and wonderful Divná Pani (English translation = “strange lady”) on the main street of Banská Štiavnica’s historic … Continue reading

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Partaking in the Most Sexually Charged Easter Tradition Ever

Dusk on Easter Sunday, and I’m scouring the hedgerows and woodlands of Banska Štiavnica, looking for thin, bendy branches (ideally willows) that will make a cracking good whip. It’s not easy. The woods around Banska Štiavnica yield barely a twig … Continue reading

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Penzión Plesnivec, Poprad

Sometimes, you want to get back from your hike, bike or climb in the mountains and crash in a good, sturdy, cosy room with a thunderous hot shower and the promise of a hot meal and traveller camaraderie. You don’t … Continue reading

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Eight Reasons to Linger in Poprad

  P     op     is PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER BEING UPDATED – FOR THE LATEST ON POPRAD RESTAURANTS PLEASE GO TO WWW.ENGLISHMANINSLOVAKIA.CO.UK gateway to the High Tatras. Whether you’re coming here by road … Continue reading

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Fried Cheese Friday

Friday afternoon; I have my ticket from the sour-faced woman in Vinohrady station; I’m waiting on the broken platform with a view of vineyards in spring bloom; there’s a groan and a clank and a sound a bit like what … Continue reading

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Lučnica’s Slovak Folk Music

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Getting to Bratislava by Boat

    Everyone knows about grand old European trains, right? Kicking back in the dining car with a frothy beer and a plate of fried cheese (well fried cheese is unquestionably the dish all European trains do best) as you … Continue reading

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