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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      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 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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        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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    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 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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    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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  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 (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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  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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  For as long as our stay in Slovakia continues, I am using this blog as a record of the sights we have experienced here. I think that I now have the equipment to help me get the right pictures for this blog, and without doubt I have learnt a lot about photography since we…

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    Trenčín is one of Slovakia’s oldest towns, situated in a basin between three mountain ranges making it a strategically important town historically. The large and impressive 11th century castle is the town’s biggest landmark, built on a settlement that had existed from the bronze age. Famously there is an inscription in the rock…

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