Monthly Archives: January 2015

Heavy Snow in Bratislava – in Pictures

For today’s post, the pictures say it all: the snow that’s been coming down all week this morning went crazy, and was descending in chunks, incessantly! And still is! The classic Slovak Christmas movie, Perin Baba, in which an old … Continue reading

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Kava.Bar

I ducked in out of the snow and afternoon murk of Obchodná, one of Bratislava’s main shopping streets, the other day, into the convivial warmth of the Martinus Bookstore.  As I slurped a coffee in their street front cafe, watching … Continue reading

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Where to Get High in Bratislava

When I arrive in a new place, my immediate instinct is to want to get up high to see a view of all of it. Bratislava – with its burnished rooftops, the grandiose set pieces of castle and cathedral, the … Continue reading

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Lake on the Edge of the World: Skalnaté Pleso

It’s a collision of worlds, Skalnaté Pleso. The cut-off point between the lower slopes of the High Tatras mankind have succeeded in taming to some extent and the wild peaks rearing above that mankind (let’s hope) never will tame. Cowering just … Continue reading

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Všetko čo mam rad (Everything that I Want)

I sat watching this in a friend’s flat on dusty Moskovská, in one of those big, old, grey-brown apartment buildings the other side of the Medicka Záhrada, on a late summer evening last year, and felt, perhaps more than with … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Beethoven

Slovakia has only been a nation twenty-two years. Before that it was a region within regularly chopping and changing borders: Turkish, Austrian, Hungarian, Czech, German, Russian: all have had a stab at meddling with the frontiers here. And so, through … Continue reading

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The Tulip House

  A couple of friends were in town just before Christmas and were staying at the Tulip House, which gave me my second opportunity to check out what is widely regarded as one of Bratislava’s best boutique hotels. Second viewings … Continue reading

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Beckov Castle

I remember, sure, the first time I left the beloved southwest England of my childhood for a long while, but oddly enough, what I remember more vividly is returning to it again after that first lengthy absence. The Berry’s Coach … Continue reading

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Majolika, Modra

New year, new porcelain purchase? Well, maybe it should be a consideration. For anyone wanting to bring home a memento of their time in Slovakia, this renowned ceramics shop in the beguiling little town of Modra 28km northeast of Bratislava … Continue reading

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