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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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Reštaurácia Furman, Piešt’any

Imagine it: the biting wind of a mid-winter afternoon, the dismalness of night-time already looming although there has barely been any daylight to speak of. Still, you’ve made the best of it and hiked into the hills, only to find … Continue reading

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Pilgrimage to Marianka

  Perhaps I would make a good pilgrim. There is no other real reason (excepting madness) to explain why, on an icy Saturday when the snow out in the countryside was still almost knee-deep and most roads – let alone … 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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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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Top Ten Best Things About Life in Slovakia

We turn away from tourism, for a minute, on this blog, to focus on life. Life in Slovakia is a topic generally less known about even than tourism here – at least to the foreign/English-speaking world – so this is … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Turkish Defence: Hiking Around Gýmeš Castle

The prequel is innocuous enough. A sharp turning in the dozy village of Jelenec, just north-east of Nitra on the E65 (an already forgotten village on a largely forgotten road). The landscape is pretty but not dramatic (dusty farms, low … Continue reading

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The Gates of Paradise (Hotel Diery)

What’s better than paradise? Another paradise that’s less crowded, right? Take Slovenský Raj, for example, or the Slovak Paradise, as the name translates. Sitting just southeast of Poprad Slovenský Raj national park is rightly known for its paradisaical qualities: namely its … Continue reading

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The Small Carpathians: An Intro

Before I wax lyrical about one of my favourite ranges of hills and forests (the Small Carpathians, or Malé Karpaty) too much more on this blog it’s probably necessary to give you some context. So here we go. In terms … Continue reading

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Tatranská Magistrala: the Kit List

There is a running joke in Slovakia about the Czechs. Lots of Czechs come to the Tatras mountains each year. Of all visiting nations, the Czechs are apparently the most Gung-ho when it comes to forging off alone in the … Continue reading

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