Since we had done the bus tour of Budapest, and then taken a day to hit the thermal baths and relax, we decided on the third day that we would “road trip”, or take the train, to Bratislava, Slovakia.  Why did we go? Well, when will we ever go to Slovakia again, honestly? Bratislava is the capital, and only about 2.5 hours away by train. So it was settled, we were going. Of course what would a day on our trip be without a cab driver who rips us off. This time a hotel taxi that had his rates stated on the window, so that was good. Yet when we said the train station, he tried to sell us on a private tour and ride to Slovakia in his car for $300. Um, no, just take us to the train station. He then slowed down and tried to sell us on this for the 2 kilometer ride to the station.

our proof that we were actually in Bratislava

our proof that we were actually in Bratislava

Anyway, we hit the train for our journey to Slovakia. Of course we sit in a car where two kids decide running back and forth throughout the car is fun…for the whole ride, and try to climb everything in the train they can find. I almost gave the little boy a forearm right to the floor he was that annoying. His mom then beat me to it, it was great. We finally get into Bratislava, after a less than exciting train ride, and embark on the town. We got into a little tram car, which are in every city in Europe from what we have seen, and took it down to city center. There were about 10 things to see there, and we saw them all….in less than 30 minutes!! There are more pedestrian roads in Bratislava that I have ever seen. You could walk for an hour without ever seeing a car. Not that it’s hard to avoid cars downtown, it’s pretty quiet. We finally found a tourist info office, and further realized we had seen everything of importance in town. So where to then? The pub, for some pirogi’s, which are very popular among the locals, and some beers.

interesting piece of art...out of the ground?

interesting piece of art...out of the ground?

I’m glad there was an earlier train back to Budapest, because idle time might have had us passed out on the pub floor, and then taken to a basement, and……yeah. Enjoy the pictures, and I’ll have another update tomorrow about our time in Helsinki.

Out.