Bratislava – the Little Big City
After telling you about my journey to London, about traditions and beliefs in Slovakia during December and before wishing all the best for the coming year I would like to write about Slovakia’s capital city, Bratislava or Pozsony, as the Hungarians say.
Bratislava is not too big and is not too small… I think it is the reason why the town is called the Little Big City. If you compare Bratislava with the overcrowded neighbouring capital cities- Prague, Vienna and Budapest- you can still have a small town feeling there.
I do not want to tell you facts or numbers because it is so easy to surf on the internet and find links, data and dates about Bratislava or look at here or here if you are interested to learn more. You might remember that I have taken English course in Bratislava and I thought, you might like seeing some photos that I took there at the beginning of December. The British Council Slovakia is situated in the medieval Old Town. I think that this part of Bratislava is one of the most beautiful ones. The Old Town is quite small, but it is packed with historic sights, luxury shops, pubs, cafes, hotels and there is the National Theatre nearby too. Well, here are my pictures:
Rubberneck – he looks happily and calmly out from the sewerage hatch on the corner of two streets
ShŲner NŠci – waves his cylinder at the passers by. There are still people living in Bratislava who remember the dandy in his tailcoats, who visited the town for several decades and entertained the ordinary people
Paparazzi – as if alive, inquisitively looking around the corner in front of the restaurant of the same name
Old Town Hall – the City Museum is located here, the oldest in Bratislava
St. Michael’s Gate – it is one of the symbols of the town. A tourist attraction beneath St. Michael’s tower is the “zero kilometre” listing the distances of 29 world capitals from Bratislava
Slovak National Theatre – the building is the seat of the Slovak National Theatre opera and ballet ensembles
Of course, there are many others historical buildings and monuments in Bratislava but I wanted to show you the ones I saw on my way to the learning centre of the British Council Slovakia.
Oh, one more thing. We will say “Good Bye Koruna, Welcome Euro!” as Slovakia will adopt the euro on 1st January, becoming the 16th EU country to do. Slovakia will adopt the currency at a rate of 30.1260 SKK/EUR.
The local authorities in Bratislava are promising grand New Year's Eve celebrations in Bratislava and the midnight fireworks will take place by the Danube River.
OK, it is time to leave you. I should go get some things done. I need to make lunch. Looking forward to hearing from you. Take care,
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