Alpine Road Trip October 2017

  So my Alpine Road trip starts tomorrow morning, and will take me across Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenia. Over 10 days I will be driving across the most dangerous, exciting and scenic roads in the Alps. Day 1: Tomorrow I make the 450km Journey to Wagrain in the Austrian Alps and spend the…

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Szentendre

    After passing through Esztergom, the Danube flows through a 90 degree turn as it heads south to Budapest. This beautiful stretch of the river is known as the Danube Bend, and features some charming little towns and beautiful scenery. The last of these towns before the river heads to Budapest is Szentendre (St….

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Slovensky Raj

    The Slovensky Raj (Slovak paradise) is part of the Carpathian mountain range in Eastern Slovakia rising to almost 1300m.  It is very popular with hikers as it has a number of unusual routes through gorges and waterfalls. Notable and rare animals include the brown bear, golden eagle, common kestrel and the black stork. Quite…

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Buffalo reserve, Kápolnapuszta

      Close to the Balaton Lake area of Hungary is the largest collect of buffalo in the country at Kápolnapuszta. The buffalo is one of the oldest Hungarian animal breeds (the Indian Water Buffalo), and here they roam freely in 120 hectares of fields and occasionally pose for pictures in the mud. Thery have…

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Podersdorf am See, Burgenland

    Podersdorf am See is a market town in Burgenland in the east of Austria on the shore of the Neusiedler See. It is home to a windmill and lake. The town is a local center of tourism with bathing facilities in the lake. It is a very peaceful place to pass time, and…

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Taste of Bratislava – Staré Město

        The capital city of Slovakia is situated on the Danube close to the Austrian border and a short journey from both Hungary and the Czech republic. The city is dominated by the castle, which sits on a plateau above the Danube. The Old Town is quite compact but has a great…

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Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art

    In the far east of Slovakia, close to the Polish border is the village of Miková – population of around 150. Unremarkable – but as the village signs announce this is the home village of Andy Warhol’s parents before they emigrated to the USA. The Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art is a short drive…

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Spiš Castle – Spissky Hrad

      Spiš Castle is one of the largest castles in Europe, and stands high on a hill looking down on the town of Spišské Podhradie. It was built in the 12th century on the site of an earlier hill fort, but was destroyed by fire in 1780. It was reconstructed after the Second World…

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Bardejov

    The UNESCO World Heritage town of Bardejov is in North East Slovakia and has a distinctly Gothic feel. It has a beautiful town hall square (Radničné námestie) , surrounded by many Renaissance  and Gothic buildings. The two most significant buildings in the square are the Roman-Catholic Basilica of St. Egidius dating from the 15th…

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Super Moon 14 November

  Fortunately the skies were pretty clear here in Slovakia for this event. I took these pictures from a hill outside Nitra looking towards Zobor. Clearly I had chosen a good vantage point as a couple of other photographers appeared, well done to The Photographer’s Ephemeris!       The third image was taken in…

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The Old Bridge – Bratislava’s newest bridge!

    The Old Bridge (Starý Most) was Slovakia’s oldest bridge. Originally built from steel in 1891 it was named Franz Joseph Bridge and later Štefánik’s Bridge or Bridge of the Red Army. It included a wooden pathway for pedestrians connecting the old town with the newer region of Petržalka. During the second World War…

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Water Mills on the Little Danube

  I have already written about the Boat Mill at Kolarovo, but in this post I am exploring the water mills along the same Little Danube as it moves closer to meeting the Danube, just south of Bratislava. The hardest to get to was the mill at Jahodná where access from the river bank is…

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