Alex, Robert Fico and Dukla

Today is the 71st anniversary of the KDO (Carpathian Dukla Operations) one of the worst battles of WW2 and also known as the Battle of Dukla (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Dukla_Pass). My town of Svidnik was rebuilt by the Russians after the war to commemorate it. The sheer number of casualties, both dead and wounded, is staggering. This isContinue reading “Alex, Robert Fico and Dukla”

Gypsy wedding

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 toContinue reading “Gypsy wedding”

Cicva castle – Elizabeth Bathory

Most people associate Cachtice castle with the Blood Countess, Alzbeta Bathory, ┬ábut in her youth she used to live closer to me. Cicva castle, between Lake Domasa and the town of Vranov, was where she was married. Because she was a Hungarian noble, most foreigners believe she was Hungarian by birth. She was in factContinue reading “Cicva castle – Elizabeth Bathory”