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Jul 4, 2015 - Hiking in the High Tartras

From Kraków we have taken a long distance bus into Slovakia to Tatranska in the Tatra Mountains. Popular for skiing in the winter and walking in the summer. Back in Euros for two days! Beautiful weather. We took the chairlift up the mountain then walked a track across had lunch then took another funicular down before a train back to Tatranska. Photos tell the story

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May 12, 2007 - Slovakia

After leaving Auschwitz, we drove south over the Slovak border. We were working off an atlas with minimal detail and a Czech/Slovak map that had questionable information about Polish roads. It took us an hour to drive 22 miles because we kept going in circles looking for road numbers that, it turned out, don't exist. Finally Cynthia asked if we were using her map of Poland. Aha! Suddenly everything made sense. As we were making our way through the southern part of Poland we continued to see signs of ages gone by with old ladies wearing...

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Aug 9, 2006 - Zakopane

So we've left Slovakia, but not the High Tatra's just yet. In Stary Smokovec, Jill thought it would be a great idea to have a beer for the van ride to Zacopane, after our adventure in Slovensky Raj. Seemed like a good idea until the entire van seemed to be occupied by one family, who clearly weren't in a beer drinking mood - them or anyone else. Soon after we depart, we open the beers anyway and casually sip them as we traverse the edge of the park. Tomas recollects that the journey time is one hour and that we cross into Poland at some...

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Jul 26, 2006 - Liptovsky Mikulas, the Low Tatra Mountains

After a splendid few days in the beautiful Mala Fatra mountains, Tom and my appetite for nature is WET! We march on to the quiet hiking base town of Liptovský Mikuláš, located in the Low Tatra mountains. The tourist office hooks us up with "Privat" accomodation just a few minutes walk from the center of town. Upon arrival, we are greeted by a kind, salt-of-the earth type man and his watering hose. Via Slovakian and gestures, he manages to invite us into the living room to complete the necessary accomodation paperwork and chat with his...

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Feb 2, 2006 - Facing the real east (Budapest/Kraków/Oświęcim)

A chegada em Budapest significava, para mim, um pouco mais do que a chegada em outras cidades. Digo isso por que todo mundo diz que vai a Praga e que, por isso, foi ao leste europeu. Não me atrevo a dizer que conheço o leste, de fato, dado que só passei por algumas cidades. Se queres realmente conhecer determinada região, isso consome tempo, que era o meu recurso mais escasso. Mas, apesar de toda a estrutura SOVIÉÉÉÉTICA de Praga, virou cool entre os turistas convencionais passear pela cidade. Isso não tira seu mérito, de forma alguma, no...

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Oct 12, 2005 - Zakopane

12.10 (KtH) After walking around the Stare Miasto area this morning we caught a bus to Zakopane. Arriving at 2.30pm we were once again met by people wishing to rent out their private rooms. We were accosted by an old Polish lady who was very determined to take us home with her. We agreed to take a look and followed her through the park to her house. The sky was blue but we could see dark clouds looming in over the mountains in the distance. It was actually a very pretty sight, particularly with the golden trees dropping their leaves around...

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Sep 4, 2005 - Slovakia

We were going to only stay in Slovakia one night and then go to Prague but we loved it so much we decided to stay longer and not go to Prague (we will take a cheap package to prague from UK another time) JC especially loves Slovakia as a pint of beer is only about 80 Aus cents. Slovakia was in a union with Czech rep and they were both called Czechslovakia. They have both been independant countries since about 1992. Our first stop in Slovakia was a lovely little town called Zilina with old buildings and a lovely cobblestone square and on one...

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Jun 9, 2005 - Cental European Countryside

As we work our way from Krakow to Budapest, we have spent a number of nights in small towns and villages in Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. Unfortunately, the weather has not been very cooperative. In Zakopane, Poland, a winter ski town and summer hiking area, the temperatures dropped into the 30s. We obvously did not pack for this, so we had to buy sweaters and wool hats. Then, to go along with the cold weather, the rains started, and we have had them constantly through Slovakia and Hungary. When we have had breaks, we have been able to...

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Apr 8, 2005 - Zakopane

We travel to Zakopane during the funeral of Pope John Paul II. The entire country is grieving, so there is no traffic or crowds on the bus. We pass lines of buses parked near the park where they are showing the funeral. The road winds up into the hills, then the Tatry Mountains, south of Krakow on the Slovakian border. Zakopane reminds us of any mountain town. The air is clean, and the pedestrianized main street features inns and sports stores. We find our penzionat not far from the main street. It is well kept, immaculate actually, and...

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Jan 5, 2005 - New Year in Zakopane, Poland

NEW YEAR, 2004/2005!! I have just got back from a fantastic 9 days in Poland! Plenty of eating, drinking and laughter! We went ice skating on an outdoor rink, shopping in the local market (SO cheap!), eating in the local Polish restaurants (heavenly food for me!!) and spent New Years in a "Log-Cabin" style restaurant/bar, with traditional Polish Folk Music and funny "Polish-accented" cover singers! Also part of the New Year Package was a horse and sleigh ride (although it had to be a cart ride as the weather had warmed slightly and melted...

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Aug 31, 2004 - Moving South

Sun came out in Kracow, Karen was even hot and stripped off. Had a apartment up 77 steps in the old town which was very pretty. Left yesterday to vist a huge underground salt mine complete with carved chapels, statues and concert hall! It was amazing. After that we went to Austwicz which was chilling and quite errie. The hot weather stayed with all the way on the route to Zakopane. It was a lovely scenery on the way. We saw the Tatra mountains from a distance before arriving here. Today we go hiking in the Tatras as Karen got new hiking...

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