Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Forgotten Bank of the Danube

That last post reminded me of another I meant to write a few months ago. I’d been shopping, as I remember (not at one of the big malls because I detest them) and fancied a stroll near the city centre. … Continue reading

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Canoeing Down the Morava and Danube into Bratislava

Approach is everything. With Bratislava, you have several means at your disposal. By road from Vienna isn’t bad: after all, out of the flat eastern Austrian farmland rears the forested hills of Devínska Kobyla and the otherworldly Communist-era tower blocks … Continue reading

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Chata Pod Čertovicou

8:30am. The only other guest was chuckling to himself. He simply couldn’t believe it. The manager had just given him a bottle of wine (Château Topoľčianky, not bad), well, just because, too often these days there is a reason for … Continue reading

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Death Watching Over Us… Introducing Elán

  Whenever the Prague Old Town square’s Astronomical Clock strikes you’ll see one of the figures coming out to do the chiming is Death (a skeleton). Here’s the premise for one of rock group Elán’s greatest ever hits, smrtka na pražskom … Continue reading

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Waiting

I’m waiting in the concrete starkness of the Most SNP Bus Station; eyes dimly fixed on the rather fetching new digital departure screen; realisation slowly dawning that I have indeed missed the hourly bus to Devín. As it’s early, and … Continue reading

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The Dead Bats’ Cave

High in the broccoli-hued forest foothills of the Nizke Tatry (Low Tatras) – Slovakia’s great unsung mountain range – hidden between the lofty pine trees of the lower slopes and the element-stunted trees of the kosodrevina above, there is a … Continue reading

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The Štefánikova Magistrála Stage One: Devín to Kamzík

This first stage of the four-stage hike across Western Slovakia between Hrad Devín (Devín Castle) and Bradlo is an easy initiation into the walk. We’ve allowed more time for this because of the points of interest en route and because the … Continue reading

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