A Journal, with Pictures

Bratislava, Slovakia

by on Sep.19, 2015, under Happenings

 

Monday we wake up cruising in a new country and view ancient castle ruims over coffee. We arrive in the capitol city of Bratislava around lunch time. Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Repulic and Slovakia in 1993 in what was called the “Velvet Divorce”, following the 1989 overthrow of communism in the “Velvet Revolution”. I do a communist tour by bus and Joyce does the walking tour of Bratislava in the afternoon. It is very interesting city with the foot prints of the Russians still visible but also its history of being the capitol of the Kingdom of Hungarian Monarchy territories. The city has made an effort to replace the greyness of communism with repainted bright colors and interesting characters such as Cumil the wimsical bronz soldier peeking out of a man hole on the sidewalk. There are other bronz characters that add to the charm of the city center that has been made into a pedestrian zone. The communist tour takes us to the hill above the city to visit the Russian memorial and cemetary where the 6,845 Soviet soldier who died in the liberation of the city are interned. A good view of the Habsburg era palace is available from the hill as well as the dull communist apartment complexes build on the other side of the Danube.

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