Vienna to Bratislava – Marilyn Oldman

Taking the slow road to Cyprus

Image of the Old Towne Hall (Stará radnica) in... Image of the Old Towne Hall (Stará radnica) in Bratislava, at the old town square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a short drive of only one and half hours, we arrived in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia.  A small but very quaint old town,  where everything seems to happen around the old town square. Cafe after cafe, restaurant after restaurant, bar after bar. There are also some quite up market shops along with the usual souvenir shops. The old town square is steeped in history, going back some 700 years. Famous musicians and composers such as Franz Listz, Mozart, Beethoven and Hayden all played  here at some time in their careers.  The dominant feature is the castle in the hills, this  overlooks the old town square. So overall a very  pretty setting.

The temperature when we left Vienna was 28 degrees, and we noticed the difference in Bratislava where it was much hotter, especially in…

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End of a great day in Prague – a Gershwin concert in the Spanish Synagogue followed by pizza – Marilyn and Alf

Taking the slow road to Cyprus

Prague - Spanish Synagogue Prague – Spanish Synagogue (Photo credit: discopalace)

Following our first full day in Prague, we went to an excellent Gershwin concert in the famous Spanish Synagogue.

The concert included a number of old favorites like:

The Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 on the site of the Prague Jewish house of prayer (“the Od Shul“). It was designed in a Moorish style with a large dome surrounding the central space, with amazing stained glass windows. The interior decoration features stylized Islamic motifs which are applied to the walls, door and the gallery. 

Prior to the concert we got into a lively discussion, swapping travel tales, with a couple of New Yorkers, now living in Colorado – they gave us some tips for avoiding altitude sickness (for another adventure).

Finally, we rounded the evening off with some excellent…

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