The ways of love: Želiezovce and Kolárovo

Influential dynasties and art. Eternal allies.Italy´s Florence had the House of Medici, the Fugger Family controlled German Augsburg. In acharming Renaissance manor house in Oponice, the Apponyi Family established the famousBiblioteka Apponiana with 30.000 works.And Galanta, Austrian Eisenstadt, Hungarian Fertöd, and Želiezovce are connected through theEsterházy Family.These powerful Hungarian aristocrats and audiophiles! They hosted Joseph …

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Veľká Fatra Mountains: Slovak treasure

„After all… tomorrow is another day“, said Scarlett O´Hara, and with flaming eyes gazed in thefuture.As Josephine Cochrane did, as she invented the first commercially successful automatic dishwasher.And what would the modern mother do without a waterproof disposable diaper, the invention ofMarion Donovan.In a visit to New York City in the winter of 1902, in …

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Make a guess at the origin of the mysterious lettering of the Kremnica Mountains

It was not love at first sight.This town looked like an incomplete chapter of a boring book.Until we took a closer look.And the town started to reveal its stories to us.About one king, who in 1328 granted it royal town privileges.A Slovak Golden Town.With gold mining and coin minting and with famous “Kremnica ducats”, which were …

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Lost in a dark forest: Flochová mountain

Steve Jobs, wearing his iconic black turtleneck sweater, is walking barefoot. Beside him, John Scully,a director of PepsiCola, later one of seven Apple CEOs, is following in his footsteps. Steve Jobs held astrue that a walking meeting is more creative and inspiring.Albert Einstein discovered the relativity theory while bicycling, Ludwig van Beethoven composed hisgreatest symphonies after …

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Many shades of green and of bravery: Veľká Javorina

He was several times on Mount Blanc. Four time exactly.In Serbia he wandered, wounded and tired, in dangerous conditions, without food and water.For six November days and nights. He hiked through high mountains, through deep valleys.He struggled more than 110 km, slept under the star filled sky, hiding wherever he could find shelter.In his honour, …

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The bell of the Nitra river basin and the world: Brodzany

The winds of change, and new technologies blew through the 19th century.Communication and broadcasting were not things for the cell phone and WhatsApp, radio stations or theinternet.But the telegraph.Carl von Linde gave the world the  refrigerator.And Karl Benz designed and built the first practical car.A Belle Époque.After saying it couldn’t been done, the Eiffel Tower …

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Lost and found: The ridge tour of the Malá Fatra Mountains

It was March. A hike through the rough and slumbering gorge, the Jánošík Holes, was melancholic. In the Medzirozsutce saddle the dense white fog of the Malá Fatras rolled down and enveloped everything in silence. We only sensed Malý Rozsutec Mountain, lurking, waiting, somewhere in front of us.  Finally, we found the marked hiking path …

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Coolest in Bratislava: Devín Castle

33:27 Matthew Kosgei ran almost 12 km. From Devín to downtown Bratislava.And with him 7,000 runners, some dressed in the Slovak national costume, some with a fire-extinguishers.The oldest Slovak athletic event, National Run Devín – Bratislava, starts each year on the second Sunday inApril.Organized for the first time in 1921, for 37 runners. If the …

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Queens of the Small Carpathians: Vysoká and Vapenná

A cold, frosty morning. Snow crunching under foot. And a man wearing shorts and sneakers, carryinga small bag, walks uphill. His steps are fast and agile. He is singing.His name is Wim Hof. A man who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts. A man who stayed in acontainer while covered with ice cubes for more than 112 minutes. …

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