Following a week of thick fog and unseasonably warm temperatures, the clouds lifted and finally the sun shone. We went for an easy afternoon hike to catch a glimpse down into the impressive Zádielska dolina (Zadiel Gorge), arriving at the viewpoint at sunset. It was a wonderful sight. We completed the return trip very quickly after […]
Following a couple of days of over-eating, we ventured out to get a bit of fresh air. It was incredibly mild outside, with thick fog. Unable to see the surrounding hills, we visited a steep-sided valley through which runs a stream and a series of waterfalls. The final two photos illustrate the fog where we […]
This year I spent my first Christmas in Slovakia. Slovaks, in common with the majority of Europeans, celebrate on the evening of the 24th of December. Families get together to enjoy a feast along with the exchanging of gifts. In fact, it is traditional that Christmas trees are not decorated until the 24th of December. […]
Before flying home in the evening, the Turok brothers organised a family outing. We chose Kojšovská Hoľa (1246 m) as being (vaguely!) suitable for a wheelchair user. Terrain of this altitude would be assigned the name ‘mountain’ in the UK; I don’t think that the locals in Slovakia refer to it as being any more than a ‘hill’, […]
We spent an action-packed 48 hours in Slovakia, primarily to attend Vladko’s Master’s degree graduation ceremony and visit Steve’s family. The lack of academic dress for the graduands was a surprise! Instead, the individually selected outfits created a stunning sea of colours. The red diplomas signified those students who passed their degree having achieved the highest […]
Living in a country with no coastal borders, Steve’s mum and Viktor had not seen the sea for about 20 years. So whilst they were visiting us in the UK, it made perfect sense to plan an outing to the seaside. Southwold was the clear winner of destination, being fully wheelchair-friendly and quintessentially English.