2012 Danube River Cruise
Slovakia is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi). Slovakia is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. The largest city is the capital, Bratislava. Slovakia is a member state of the European Union, NATO, United Nations, OECD and WTO among others. The official language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family. (Wikipedia). Slovakia was under Communist dictatorship from 1947 to 1989. Present-day Slovakia became an independent state in1993 after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia.
We left the beautiful city of Budapest at 9:00pm. The city illuminates all of its grand buildings, a marvelous sight. Soon the city lights fade and we are cruising Northward on the Danube. Other than the slowly passing shoreline and the distant hum of the diesels, there is no sensation of being on the water. At least no sensations like you experience on an ocean liner. For the nautically inclined we likely made about 8-10tks going upstream.
Bratislava is a great city to walk around, always something just a little quirky.
|« This is a mime and he does his job very well. I was unaware of him but when I went to take his picture, he winked - aha. The quirky statues seem quite at home in this beautifully kept old city with its formal buildings and fountains.|
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