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Bratislava, Living up to expectations

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People say Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, is boring. They're right. But somehow we got a lot of really good pics. There are a lot of sculptures and some nice old architecture.

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The castle is something else - not much to look at, the main building is being built (or perhaps rebuilt) from scratch.
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Saint Elizabeth, Alzbeta Durinska, who was born into royalty, married, widowed, took a vow of poverty, helped the poor, and died, all by the age of 24. Don't know if my paternal grandmother Alzbeta (whom I never met) was named after her...
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不拉蒂斯拉伐(Bratislava)

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似乎Chris的"祖国” (祖上的国家)并不想我们在Kocise几个小时之后匆忙离开,冥冥之中又决定让我们回到斯洛伐克(本来打算从波兰直接去柏林,但是我们的火车联票并不能在波兰使用,于是我们决定辗转回斯洛伐克)。
不拉蒂斯拉伐是斯洛伐克的首都。旅游书并没有给与它过多的热忱。整个城市除了一个城堡,两座还算规模的教堂以外就没有什么观赏价值了。不过走在旧城区的路上,很多细小的景观却给了我们意外的惊喜。
一个私人花园里极有性格的简单雕塑。
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药品博物馆,本来已经够奇怪了,可是为什么还要在门顶加上一个龙虾呢?
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体面的教堂之一
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几百年前的大炮,比加拿大Nova Scotia的那个还要古老。
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我最爱的雕塑之一。就在街边,井盖不异于其他,以至于从远处看,仿佛施工正在进行。
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风格奇特的房子,如果让我选,我要最高层的中间单元。
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犹太人的标志。还记得辛德勒名单里面犹太人带的白袖章吗?上面就画着这个五角形。
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UFO – 这个他们桥上的通讯塔吧。名字就叫UFO. 这个城市还是蛮现代化得。
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城堡! 本该是这个城市最大的看点,结果去了才知道老的城堡不知道去那里了,所谓的城堡是他们正在修建的一个白色的五层楼。与其说城堡,不如说它是暴发户建的乡村俱乐部。不知道这个建筑师是不是近年去过杭州的郊区,拿那里的民居作为设计样本的。
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圣女伊丽莎白(斯洛伐克语叫Alzbeta)。小的时候在这里的老城堡里居住,24岁变成寡妇之后就发誓终生扶贫,终于死后被封为了圣女,风靡整个斯洛伐克。Chris的奶奶也叫伊丽莎白,想来她的父母也是她的追随者。
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只要是免费的,Chris肯定不会错过,当然,这也包括免费的帽子。
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我和广场里帅气的士兵
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马踏飞燕?
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井盖,我算是和你干上了。以后你还会见到更多格局特色的井盖!
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临走之前,再和雕像合个影。
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总结陈词:你要不是要去那里转火车,就没有必要再这个城市浪费时间了!

Posted by suevasil 02:27 Archived in Slovakia Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

Kocise, Slovakia - SNP 65th anniversary in a small town

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Aug 29 - Kocise, Slovakia - SNP 65th anniversary in a small town

We wanted to go to Slovakia because my dad's family is from there, and reading through Lonely Planet nowhere else looked interesting (except Bratislava, but everyone that's been there thought it a waste of time). So to Kosice we went.

It's a great place - supremely walkable, with a lovely main street and the whole of the downtown being under 1x1 km in the lonely planet map - we initially missed a few spots because what seemed far on the map was 100m away. The main street is wide and seems to be pedestrian-only, and most of the attractions can be seen going up and down main street - very close together. The buildings are all old but well-maintained, there's a lot of character in the town. The town can be seen and everything done in a couple hours, and I would recommend it for anyone that will be in Eastern Europe.

We happenned to be there on the 65th anniversary of SNP day, when Slovakia revolted against Nazi rule, which had the advantage of hosting festivities but the drawback of almost everything being closed.

The festivity we saw involved a group of people singing Slovak songs
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A Soviet monument to people that died in and around SNP day
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The main cathedral
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Also on the main street.
In the background, another church. In the midground, the musical fountain -- they play music, and the fountain height changes with the music. Kind of like the visualization thing in Media Player, only it actually moves with the music. In the foreground, is Sue.
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Other side of the same church - there's a stream constantly going in the middle of the main street.
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The underground city, a series of underground tunnels that are a few hundred years old and were used for a combination of military purposes and sewage. Doesn't quite compare with the underground city we saw in Turkey (this one was a long hallway, that one was 4 stories down and labyrinthine), but it was well worth the 50 euro cents admission.
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A side street we took
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Try as I might, I couldn't get this guy to see my point of view. Oh well. Maybe I can charm him instead.
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This town has the best ice cream and cake store, Cukraren Aida - 70 euro cents for a big slice of cake, 30 for an ice cream cone. Needless to say we had several of each.
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连中文都不知道怎么翻得斯洛伐克城市 ( Kocise)

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Kocise带给我们的除了惊喜之外还是惊喜。之所以去那里是因为正好有一辆夜车,而它也刚好是去波兰的中间站。

下了火车是周六早上9点。天气灰蒙蒙的。这是从中东一路走来,我们遇到的第一个阴霾的天气。换做往日,可能我会抱怨,不过这种潮湿的天气像极了江南,让我想到了家乡,于是也不自觉地陶醉在其中。想来,离上一次漫步在家乡的梅雨天气里,已经有8年之久了。 从20出头,到了20之尾,其中无数的变迁,挑战,沮丧,奋斗……索性我的人生还有30出头,40出头,50出头,60出头……希望他们能像我过去的20几年一样精彩。

这个小的不能再小的城市,从头走到尾也用不了一个小时。我们到得时候正是周六,也是他们庆祝革命成功的65周年,大多数的店铺都关门了,只剩下广场上欢庆的人们。

麻雀虽小,却五脏俱全。小城里的景致却一点不差。别致的古城墙,精美的教堂,音乐喷泉(这是我们这次旅行途中首次见到的音乐喷泉),地下古城,共产党的纪念碑,浮雕纪念碑,纵贯老城区的山泉……

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因为我们已经定下了傍晚的火车票,所以被“陷”在了这个小城。从头走到尾,从尾走到头,我们大概走了3,4次,静静地观看周围当地人的生活。

广场里正在拍婚纱照的新人!(看他们那个费劲的样子,我还是很庆幸我们没有自虐)
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下午再看到他们的时候,他们已经在神父和亲朋好友的祝福下步入了教堂。

无聊之余,Chris和哲人进行了一次亲密的会谈。内容我不得而知,因为那是一次无声的会谈,我看见的只是两个人激动地手势。(确切地说是一个人,对于一个不说斯洛伐克语的后辈小生,哲人是不屑一顾的,他始终保持着他淡定的神色!)
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终于 Chris的情绪大爆发! “我叫你不理我!我粘定你了!”
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冰激凌!杀伤力实在是太强了,连旅游书都强力推荐!我大概吃了4个,5个,大概6个吧。隆重推荐:柠檬霜,野果口味,早点发现这个店铺,我一天大概都凉在那里了。
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我们走的时候店铺已经关门了,还是忍不住回头缅怀一下我最爱的冰激凌店!
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