Archive for ‘Slovakia’

July 1, 2014

Štúrovo (Párkány)

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Sturovo hajóállomás

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June 30, 2014

the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

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The river Danube forms a 143 km long natural border between Hungary and Slovakia. There are three bridges where pedestrians can cross over the Danube and pass the border: the Erzsébet bridge between Komárom (HU) and Komárno (SK), a (noname) bridge between Vámosszabadi (HU) and Medve (SK) and the Mária Valéria bridge between Esztergom (HU) and Párkány/Štúrovo (SK).

The Mária Valéria bridge was built in 1894-95, and was blown up two times: in 1919 by the Czechoslovakian army and in 1944 by the fleeing German troops. It wasn’t reconstructed again until 2001.

I started out in beautiful Esztergom, which is one of the oldest Hungarian cities. Its history goes back to Celtic times, and it’s also the birthplace of the first Hungarian king, István.

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I walked over the bridge…

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… while admiring the architecture…

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…and some picturesque shadow patterns.

Mária Valéria híd

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The basilica of Esztergom is beautiful…

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…and so is the Danube.

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I arrived in Štúrovo (or as it was originally called for some hundred years before Socialist times, Párkány).

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Slovakian people are ready to give you some ancient life advice.

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I passed the harbour (shall we call this tiny dock harbour?) and looked back at Mária Valéria bridge…

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…and over the Danube. Hi Hungary!

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I spent a (sunny and hot) afternoon at Vadaš termal bath where I ate lángos and drank kofola


… and walked over the bridge again. Goodbye Slovakia, until next time.

Mária Valéria híd 4

April 25, 2014


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Komárno JÓKAI

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Komárno Stallone

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Komárno green house

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Komárno university

April 24, 2014

the place where Hungary meets Slovakia

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One of the places where you can “officially” leave Hungary, is the Erzsébet-bridge between Komárom in Hungary and Komárno in Slovakia. It was built in 1892 an is named after Romy Schneider Empress Elisabeth of Austria, because we Hungarians have always loved our Sisi, even during her lifetime, which is a rare phenomenon and is not very characteristic for the Hungarian collective spirit. Usually we first appreciate people after their death (if at all, haha). While it’ s definitely not the most charming spot on Earth or even in Hungary, it’s still a border, and I love borders. So here is a guide on how to cross them.

1. Walk up to the bridge.

Komárno Erzsébet-híd 1

2. Keep walking.

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3. Look back at Hungary (yes, I did shop at that Tesco. I was that hungry).

Komárom Tesco

4. Admire the Danube (not a particularly breathtaking sight for somebody who is such a mountain person like me but, in my opinion, the second best thing after mountains is water, so I’m okay with this less than exciting view).

Komárom Danube

4. Walk until the middle of the bridge.

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5. Look down.


6. Look up. Welcome in Slovakia!

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December 21, 2013

Bratislava – the castle (Bratislavský hrad)

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Bratislava sculpture

Bratislava castle view

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Bratislava castle

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Bratislava shadow

December 21, 2013

Bratislava – part 4

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Bratislava painted house 1

December 21, 2013

Bratislava – part 3

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Bratislava bear

Bratislava pavement

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Bratislava Innenhof


Bratislava sunset

December 21, 2013

Bratislava – part 2

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renovate me

December 20, 2013

Bratislava – part 1

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Bratislava street

Bratislava Liebe

Bratislava graffiti

Bratislava rabbit graffiti

Bratislava houses

Bratislava várfal

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December 17, 2013

Bratislava – Christmas market

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Bratislava Christmas decoration

Bratislava Roland Restaurant

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Bratislava skate ring

Christmas market Bratislava

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December 16, 2013

Bratislava – the nighttime edition

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Bratislava Hlavná Stanica

Bratislava castle traffic

Prezidentský palác Bratislava

Bratislava menu

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Bratislava street

Bratislava night

Bratislava tram

Graffiti Bratislava

Presser Gábor

December 15, 2013

music for the 3. Sunday of Advent – Edmund Pascha: Vianočná omša F-dur

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During the last two days of pre-Christmas daze in Bratislava, I totally got in the mood for Slovakian Christmas carols. While I proudly claim to know a lot about the composers of the Czech Baroque and Classical era (Zelenka! Ryba! Brixi! And of course, the flute people like Wanhal and Benda), the only Slovakian composer I’ve ever heard of is Johann Nepomuk Hummel, who wasn’t even Slovakian. Fortunately, YouTube is an endless source of music if you’re vague enough with your search terms, so that’s how I found Edmund Pascha and his Christmas Mass in F Major. According to Wikipedia*, Pascha was a Franciscan monk and organist during the late Baroque period, who also run under the pseudonym Claudianus Ostern. His two manuscripts Harmonia pastoralis and Prosae pastorales compositae et conscriptae a Patre Claudiano Ostern Solnae, are included in the so-called Žilinský kancionál, a collection of liturgical texts and music, which was put together around 1770 but was discovered only two hundred years later, in 1967. The Vianočná omša F-dur (Christmas Mass in F major), was also arranged as a passion play by Pascha’s contemporary and fellow Franciscan monk, the Hungarian Zrunek György.

And the music – it’s Slovakian folk tunes orchestrated in pretentious Baroque manner. Pure fun, with shepherd’s flutes and all. Enjoy.

* I know, I know. Wikipedia is not a reliable source for scientific research. Shame on me. Fortunately none of my former, oh so very famous and dedicated Historically Informed Performance Practice teachers read this blog, haha**

** hopefully

December 15, 2013

news from a forrein country came

by ada

Guess in which city I am right now!


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