September 22nd, 2006 – by: nonna
a snail statue? How often do you see a snail as a design element?
Slovakia split off from Czechoslavakia (now the Czech Republic) and even they call themselves â€śPartyvakiaâ€ť. The town is full of people looking for the perfect party and many of them seem to have found it. The central district has been reconstructed from almost nothing into a pleasant shopping avenue full of outside cafĂ©s.
We didnâ€™t dock in Bratislava until after noon so a walking tour through the city was after lunch. Itâ€™s a very pleasant city with lots of pedestrian areas filled with shops and cafes and many more trees than most cities. It felt very friendly and welcoming.
Of course there is the obligatory castle/fort that the Slovakians use for the Presidentâ€™s office.
When we were there the Slovakian Guard and the Presidential Guard were both marching around.
There had been a lot of security in every country we had been in and most of them had been young men with Uzis.
It was almost a friendly feeling to see a Guard with just ordinary rifles and decorative sabers.
Rather than having dinner on the ship we decided to eat in town and checked out the restaurant during the afternoon. The shipâ€™s head chef was eating there when we stopped by and we immediately made a reservation for a table outside that evening. What better recommendation could you have than seeing a good head chef eat there? In case you ever get to Bratislava, the name of the restaurant is â€śSlovenskaâ€ť and it was as good as its reputation. (Someday Iâ€™m going to find their recipe for garlic soup and learn to make it.) The food was slightly spicy and perfectly prepared. I can see why so many people like Bratislava.
There is a lot of local artwork scattered around the city. Itâ€™s a fun place to just walk around and look at the buildings and watch the people. We didnâ€™t see anything else of Slovakia but this would be an interesting country to come back to.
Bratislava Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
This restaurant has absolutely outstanding Slovak/Hungarian food. If you ever get to Bratislava, make sure you book a table here and have th… read entire review