Note: The day before we got back from our trip, I got an email from the travel agency with link to their video on Central Europe. We did a different tour that included the river cruise (and didn’t include Poland), but most of what’s on the video are things that we saw and did, including the concert in Vienna. If you want a much better idea of what our trip was like (and with professional video photography), you may want to take a look. A couple of our tour guides are even in the video!

I never would have thought I’d be going to Slovakia. But there I was! For a few hours, at least. Just enough time to take a tour of Old Town and then kick back a Zlaty Bazant (Golden Pheasant) beer.

Clickety on the photos for bigger, as usual.

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava City Museum and Old Town

Bratislava City Museum and Old Town

Something that is brand new in town is this metal model of the old Jewish synagogue. The original synagogue and a lot of the Jewish quarter were destroyed by the communists when they built the new highway and bridge many years ago. This model sits on the site of the original synagogue. There’s a Holocaust memorial behind it, but I couldn’t get a good picture of that because it had some scaffolding around it. There’s also an etched image of the synagogue on the granite wall that faces the model.

Model of the demolished Rybnom Mamesti Synagogue

Model of the demolished Rybnom Mamesti Synagogue

One of the things I loved about Bratislava was the obvious fun-loving nature of the Slovaks, which was evident everywhere.

Bratislava shoe store

Bratislava shoe store

Store front in Bratislava

Store front in Bratislava

The city has a number of very amusing statues.

Napoleon's Army Soldier Statue

Napoleon’s Army Soldier Statue

"The Watcher" statue

“The Watcher” statue

I forgot what the building is behind the soldier statue… city hall? Anyway, our guide said that it wasn’t coincidental that the statue’s backside was towards that building.

And my favorite statue?

Schoener Naci statue

Schoener Naci statue

You may notice that I am wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt, a sweater, a lightweight jacket, a windbreaker, and a vest. Talk about layering.

More Bratislava photos here.

All posts for this vacation can be found with this tag: Europe2013

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7 Responses to Slovakia!

  1. Carole says:

    I love the statues – especially The Watcher!

  2. zeneedle says:

    You would think that with Bratislava’s past it wouldn’t be as fun loving and as creative as it is, but the people seem to have kept their true spirit and heart.

  3. kitten says:

    Gorgeous! I had to google that Schoner Naci dude. Interesting. My cousin was stationed in Bratislava during her first foreign service tour.

  4. Kym says:

    Delightful! Beautiful. Charming. Clever. But I think I like the words on the shoe store best of all!

  5. Marilyn says:

    The huge buildings, the cobbled streets, the statues…I love it all! Charming.

  6. Stacey says:

    Lovely! You’ll have to go back for the spas one day. I think they call them clinics. I love the sense of joy. Thank you for sharing!

  7. jill says:

    I love the fairy tale village shot. What an experience! The public art is wonderful as well!

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