Priznam sa, ze po “miestach”, kde boli preliate potoky krvi a umieralo tam mnozstvo ludi, sa mi tazko cestuje. Neviem sa ubranit pocitu, ze tu niekde treba najst hranicu medzi morbidnou a vzdelavaco-preventivnou turistikou, aj ked v podstate nic zle nevidno a dane miesto je krasne. Kanchanburi s riekou Kwai, cca 2 hodiny cesty od Bangkoku, mozno niekomu nic nepovie. Filmovi fanatici a knihomoli si vsak snad spomenu na knihu a rovnomenny film o udalostiach z druhej svetovej vojny v Azii – Most cez rieku Kwai. Pribehy v knihe a vo filme sa trosku odlisuju (navzajom od seba, ale aj od reality), ale oba v podstate popisuju tazku situaciu vojnovych…
Bangkok je najvacsim mestom Thajskeho kralovstva a casto vstupnou branou pre turistov mieriacich do krajiny a dalej na piesocne plaze za oddychom. Tych “par” tisicov turistov, ktori mestom za den prejdu, by sa medzi viac ako 8 milionmi Thajcov celkom stratili, nebyt toho, ze sa vsetci vyberu obzriet tie iste pamiatky v rovnaky den a cas ako vy. Na tych miestach je fakt natresk a je na sikovnosti vas alebo vasho spolocnika, ci sprievodcu, aku trasu a taktiku zvolite. Z pamiatok naozaj odporucam nevynechat navstevu tychto – kralovsky palac (Royal palace), chramy Wat Arun a Wat Pho. Ak mate cas, vyberte si okrem toho, co vas zaujima. Mne sa pacil…
Na sneh ostala uz len spomienka. Pri Silvestrovskych 11°C fyzika nepusti. 😉 V kazdom pripade mali posledne dni roka svoje caro. A pre ten dalsi rok vam prajem, nech vas kazdy den v roku 2022 obklopuje laska, harmonia, hojnost, mudrost a zazraky. 🎆 White snow is now, the last day of the 2021 only a memory. With 11°C outside temperature there no other way. 😉 Last days of the year had their charm. And for the next year, I wish you are surrounded with love, harmony, abundance, wisdom and miracles. 🎆
This year, surprisingly, Christmas was white. 😊 My grandma was telling that already weeks in advance and I did not believe her. I don’t even remeber that much snowfall during the holiday season. In the past, even if it fell overnight, it melted quickly in the morning. This year it was different thanks to freezing temperatures. Tento rok boli Vianoce biele. Moja stara mama to predpovedala s tyzdnovym predstihom, no neverila som jej. Teraz sa jej ospravedlnujem. 😊 Ani si nepamatam, kedy boli naposledky sviatky biele. V minulosti, aj ked napadol v noci sneh, rano sa roztopil. No tentokrat to bolo inak. Snezilo viac dni a topit sa zacal az…
Waiting for a snow cover in the deserted but beautifully decorated streets.
Days before Christmas have their own charm. The atmosphere and the vibe at the Christmas market adds to it. This year again I ventured to Vienna and enjoyed a walk along the market at Rathausplatz, Maria Theresia Platz and Karlsplatz. And got a pair of "boots" cups. :-)
Strbske pleso in High Tatras is my favourite destination all year round. Ski slopes above the lake in Solisko offers great views into the valley. As I am not a good skier, I prefer to get uphill and the sit in the sun enjoying the views. This area is very popular and tends to get overcrowded on the slopes. Next time, I will switch skis (downhill to cross country). And finish with a shot of Bombardino in the ski bar.
High Tatras are a popular destination also for me. I love the areas around Strbske pleso, but Tatranska Lomnica with Lomnicky stit, ski slopes for beginner skiers, view points and chalets has its charm.
Bachledova dolina (Bachledova valley) is a popular ski resort in the eastern Tatra mountains. When tired (like I was that day), the tree top view and walk point offers amazing views of both – the Slovak and the Polish mountains. The tree top walkway takes about 10 mins to reach a view tower. I was a bit hesitant stepping onto the net at the top. But the views were amazing and I set a reminder to myself – to return in the summer.
This post contains some of my best and favourite photos taken during winter 2018/2019. I love when it snows, I love looking at the white surroundings, trees, grass, frozen lake and also my car covered completely by it.
There is an interesting sensory garden in Yvoire - Garden of Five Senses. This project is on for already more than 30 years. It is full of flowers, herbs, trees and fountains built into several areas, each dedicated to one of five senses - Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch.
After a year I again returned to the medieval city of Yvoire on the coast of Lake Leman. This time I plan to visit places I did not get to last time, like Jardin de 5 Sens, Evian or nearby Chateaux.
Czechs are famous for their favourite weekend past time - tending to their summer houses - which are anything from simple sheds, cabin lodges, huts to luxurious chalets - and river sailing. So during one visit in Prague I decided to give it a go and set by a steamboat on Vltava river to Slapy.
Hungarian gastronomy is great. You will find perkelt, "gnocchi", langos, halaszlé, goulash and specialties from goose, duck, sea creatures or even "soups" in a paper cup. It's worth trying.
Ezstergom, a Hungarian city on a southern bank of Danube, connected to Slovakia's Štúrovo by a historical bridge of Maria Valeria from 1895. Ezstergom's old city streets are charming, but the most well known is its basilica atop the hill and a palace owned by Ezsterhazy family, now a museum.
Visegrad is a small Hungarian city often mentioned in the history. A castle from 4th century atop the hill offers magnificent views of river Danube.
Budapest is split into two parts by the Danube river - Buda on the west and Pest on the east - connected by several bridges with the Chain bridge (Lánchíd), Elisabeth bridge (Erzsébet híd) and Independence bridge (Szabadság) being the most interesting.