Czech Republic (Czechia) and Slovakia, two countries that used to be united under the USSR are very similar and both worth visiting. There you will find great food and beer, design and architecture and large city splitting rivers as well as some very beautiful people. But remember according to the Czechs no one has cheaper prices on beer, not even Slovakia.
Cold Weather Challenge to Revnice
. Beginning in Pszczyna, Poland it wasn't pretty. 6 degrees C and rain. Ah crap! All motorway for 500 km stopping for gas (but not pay toilets!) and warmth at one McDonalds as I made my way to the southern suburb of Prague - Revnice. C3R6/7T5/6V5.
|What a breakfast! And the only meal|
I would have during the days ride.
|All my clothes on for this cold day|
|Last night parking|
|hmmm. This sucks.|
|Getting close to Brno|
|Maybe after the tunnel the rain|
will be gone???
|A whole new world|
|Easier Rider Europe|
|Incredible scenic road in to Revnice|
Staying with my good friend Milan and his family in their little suburban spot.
"If your friend can't eat anything on the menu he should eat the rocks on the wall behind him" surly waitress/bartender in Revnice (suburb of Prague)
Focus on Milan's hand as we cheers beers.
|Late arrival. Let's get a beer!|
|Tasty crepes by Milan's mom.|
|Hooligans making drawings :)|
|Trouble maker, haha|
|Nice park in the middle of Revnice|
|Very cool benches inspired by|
|Holy Moly, that metro is deep!|
At Diego bar - Big mouth or good technique "Na Kapra (Carp Way)"?
|Funny guy Milan or|
It's been a slice Duda family, but I must head South and return to warmth with any luck. I see sun in my future! Revnice to Bratislava - 350km. C3R7T6/7V5. Half the trip the same as the way up between Prague and Brno except with more traffic and then it was mostly farmland and great sun breaking through the clouds as I crossed into Slovakia.
|Anezka, Alenka and Daddy Milan|
|Quaint little towns/suburbs|
|Much better in the light|
|Close to Prague|
|Serious road making equipment|
|Common scene, on a road that is 130 km/hr these Semis|
always pass going 90 km/hr. Can you say traffic causing.
|Only one of many awesome Mullets in Czechia.|
|Oh shit, traffic.|
|Turned off and then saw the line start|
to move so I turned back and went
up the exit the wrong way.
|Sun breaking the clouds|
Bratislava, Slovakia. A capital I had been so close to in 2009, but didn't stop in to after getting nailed in Austria for a 50 euro ticket for not buying a vignette. I wasn't in a good mood then, but on this day I was pretty pumped and it was Friday! One thing I didn't expect was a valley type town after riding the prairies to get here.
My Hotel in Bratislava, Garni G Hotel
Airbnb Side Story
- I had booked 3 nights in a place close to the centre and when I was late responding to a question (3 hours while I was out for dinner) the guy got cold feet and cancelled my reservation. This was not his first cancellation btw. The good news was Airbnb gave me a credit towards my next rental for the total amount, and refunded my reservation money in full too. Not bad at all. They are making tonnes of money these days and with customer service like that they will continue to. I think they earn more than 15% on every rental, so if they are renting even $1 million per day that's $150,000 per day which is pretty solid. On top of that the 3 Founders are worth $10 billion so we can say they are getting by.
|Let's explore the night|
|The real budweiser|
|Apparently Czechia Jaromir Jagr is a big deal here too|
|Bad Boys, Bad Boys... whatcha...|
|Let's Segway the night away...|
|Follow the laser|
|Ritz Carlton Bratislava|
|On the Danube|
|Looking at the Castle from under|
the bridge at the UFO Tower
Minimalistic but tasty
Walking the River Front of Bratislava
After a good evening at Bar Rock it was back to touring the city in the morning with light this time and then later with more light as in "White Night" where lots of lights are ramped up on various structures and venues around town. Finally finishing at Bar Rock again. Where else would a guy go who loves Rock N Roll and Foosball!
|Views from the Castle|
|UFO Bridge and Tower|
|A little Italian resto 2 blocks from the G Hotel|
|Stary Most bridge|
|UFO Tower lit up|
|UFO tower from Stary Bridge|
|Girls lit up|
|Bad Boys, Bad Boys.. oh it's just art.|
|Angel halo from UFO Tower light|
|Thanks for the Vodka Barbara|
|McDonalds had a market on free|
toilets and now... Yet another chance
for a big chain restaurant to take the
Fast Food Crown.
|Buns or Croissants wrapped in cheese and bacon. Whoa!|
|This advertising is just wrong!|
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