Saturday afternoon in the UNESCO town of Bardejov in Eastern Slovakia and the medieval square is packed with cars for a tuning competition, sexy young ladies in microskirts and microshorts and, in the 15th Century Gothic Basilica, a gypsy wedding. These Romany (as they prefer their minority to be known) are obviously extremely wealthy to have such a location for a wedding. Gypsy musicians can be seen playing the bride out.
The Basilica can be seen here – http://slovakia.travel/en/church-of-st-egidius-bardejov
This is Stara Lubovna Castle (or L’ubovniansky Hrad in Slovak). More can be read about it here – http://slovakia.travel/en/the-lubovna-castle
The sun goes down over the Slovak town of Svidnik. Slovakia, like many former socialist countries, is full of contrasts. Here, thickly forested hills can be seen behind the ubiquitous panelak concrete panel flat blocks.
At Bardejovske Kupele they have a Skanzen, a historic village, where traditional buildings from villages in the area where brought and function as an open air juseum. This region is famous for its Unesco protected wooden churches
I spent the afternoon wandering around the beautiful spa resort of Bardejovske Kupele while my wife visited the beauticians there. It was nice to have some time to myself, to drink coffee and listen to the birds and watch the red squirrels. The spa resort has some amazing old imperial buildings. The one in the photo is a small hotel
This is a classic example of socialist realist architecture, and a sight which is ubiquitous throughout the former Soviet Union and Warsash Pact region. These flat blocks are constructed from huge panels of concrete. Taken in Svidnik, East Slovakia