All posts tagged: Travel

A Day in Vienna

The beauty of Vienna is that it is only an hour and a half away by train from where I live. When time allows I can hop on an early morning train and escape to a city that I enjoy exploring. The train brings me to Vienna’s main train station. From there, after grabbing a coffee, I usually walk ten minutes to the Belvedere Palace. I find walking through its botanical gardens very peaceful as I make my way to the city center. On my most recent visit the garden I discovered a big beautiful ginkgo tree and a section devoted to exotic cacti. The palace itself is worth visiting. It is home to the world’s largest collection of works by Klimt and other 19th and 20th century Austrian art. For breakfast, I head to Café Central – my favorite coffeehouse in Vienna. What I find special about Café Central is its high vaulted ceiling and Renaissance columns as well as its amazing selection of cakes – each one perfect and beautifully served. Established in …

A Photographer in the Garden

Close to Bratislava, in the small town of Zlate Moravce, my uncle has a house with a beautiful large garden. Both the house and garden carry a lot of history and memories. It was where he used to play with my mother as a child. It was also once the childhood home of my grandfather.

Trnava – Exploring Slovakia’s Little Rome

The first thing I noticed when we stepped out of the car was the warmth. Spring had arrived and there was a lovely scent in the air – a mixture of pink blossoms and blooming lilacs. And how pretty the blossoming trees looked against the pale cotton candy colours of the buildings surrounding us. Lost in the light, the scent, the colours, for a moment I didn’t know where I was but I knew I was happy to be there. 

Kostol Zvestovania Pána

The oldest existing religious building in Bratislava’s Old Town is Kostol Zvestovania Pána, a Franciscan church constructed in the 13th century and consecrated by King Andrew III of Hungary. Originally built in the Gothic style, in the 17th century it was transformed into a Renaissance church and into a Baroque church in the 18th century. This church is home to a rare relic – the torso of Saint Reparat who lays in what looks like a glass coffin. His skeleton is dressed in the most beautiful red velvet embroidered cloth pulled tightly over his bones. He was a deacon and a Christian martyr who died in the 4th century and is known as the patron saint of those wanting to change their life for the better. On the opposite side of this glass coffin is a stone passageway that leads into the adjacent Chapel of Saint John the Evangelist. Built in the late 14th century, this chapel is considered to be one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Bratislava. On its back wall …

Historical Ondrejský Cemetery

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I enjoy exploring old cemeteries. When they asked me “Why?”, I found it difficult to answer but now I think I have found the answer. I am attracted to the spirit of a place – the genius loci which in this case can be felt in the prevailing character and atmosphere of the old cemetery. It’s quiet and calm, with tall trees; an escape from the rush of city life and it has some lovely tombstones. Established in 1784, Ondrejský cemetery is the oldest preserved cemetery in Bratislava located just behind the Greek Catholic Church. The German, Hungarian and Slovak inscriptions are a testament to Bratislava’s multicultural past.The cemetery no longer functions as a cemetery and is now a park where mothers can often be seen walking their prams.