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…
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.
Swiss celebrated their national day on 1 August and finished the celebrations with fireworks and bonfires. I watched it from the french side of Lac Leman.
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.
In the Városliget park there is the zoo, the amusement park, as well as the Széchenyi furdo, and the Vajdahunyad Palace - a mixup of the Gothic and Renaissance architecture. A short walk around the park and the surrounding area is definitely worth it.
From the Royal palace on the Varhegy hill in Budapest, you can take a beautiful pedestrian walkway around the northern side of the hill towards the Matthias Church and the Bastion.
A a photogallery of the Houses of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary.
One of the dominant features of Pest side of Budapest is the historic St. Stephen's Cathedral at St. Stephen's Square.
Photogallery of the the Royal palace atop the Varhegy hill in Budapest.
Budapešť je krásna, dýcha tu história, jedlo je skvelé a maďarská kúpeľná kultúra má tiež čosi do seba. Mesto samotné, vrátane nabrežia Dunaja, štvrte s kráľovským palácom a Andrássyho ulica sú zapísané na zozname svetového dedičstva UNESCO od roku 1987.
A beautiful city full of history, good food and wellness culture - that's how I would describe Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It is also on UNESCO's World heritage sites list since 1987.
Prague is one of those European cities I have never visited as a tourist. I always joined my local friends living in the city and they showed me around.