Slovakia Capital: Vienna's twin city; just don't tell the Viennese
We are back to the wonderful European breakfasts with lovely pastries, lots of fruits and cheeses, mediterranean foods, such as olives, mahummara, lebne, fataya, and hummus, as well as sliced meats and sausages. Don't bother ordering eggs, though. They won't be good, neither scrambled nor fried nor poached.
Then it was a quick two-mile walk to the dock to catch the boat to Bratislava, Slovakia's capital city. We got there in plenty of time as there was no 8:30 a.m. boat on Mondays, so 9 am it was.
The ride along the channel and then the Danube was more interesting for what we didn't see than for what we saw. We saw fishing huts with nets drying or in the water but not much else. We expected to see mansions, hotels, swimmers, speedboats, towns, but we did not. We saw a few created beaches with no buildings and two barges with tugs and one small town just before we docked.
The trip took one hour 15 minutes and had a bit of a narration to go along with the few sights.
But the real tour and deal cost us 10 euro each and included a one-hour bus tour and one-hour walking tour of the city. The guide was one of the best we have had, knowing much history and switching between English, German, Slovak, Czech, Spanish and Italian.
She explained all about the city, how it really was part of Hungary and how Maria Theresa took over the palaces. We followed the coronation road and visited the church where 19 monarchs were crowned. She explained about Albert Einstein, Lizst and Hayden's connection to the city.
We could not visit the palace, however, as there was meeting of the provincial heads of state.
Tom touched a statue for luck and we headed back to Vienna via bus. Only 5 euros for the ride and it included a drink! Wow. I had a cappuccino. Tom tried for an American coffee, but alas it wasn't what he liked--again!
We did have yo walk four miles back to the hotel and then had dinner at a Chinese restaurant. We had had pasta for lunch, very yummy Gorgonzola gnocchi. On the way to find a place for dinner, we noticed the opera house was projecting the live performance so we stopped for a moment to watch.
We racked up over 11 mails today. Whew.