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Where the Slovak language was born: Uhrovec

5:30 a.m. Pavel Pavlis is standing in the kitchen. He is making coffee. And preparing breakfast. Only a little catlooks at him sleepily.Pavel Pavlis has guests. Four tourists are sleeping in a cosy room behind the kitchen.Pavel Pavlis is a castellan.And his home is the Uhrovec Castle.The medieval ruins of the Uhrovec Castle, one of the most valuable …

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Gone with a wind: Malacky a Korlátko

This great Passat wind is blowing above the Canary islands again. It stretches the sails and kites, it dresseswindsurfers and kite surfers to wetsuits.In the Alps, the ski tourers clip the skis on when the Alpine föhn blows and accompanies them on their snowjourneys.The winter monsoon brings snow and joy to free riders on the …

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The spirit of Slovak Christmas: Branč castle

It happened seven years after the death of his business partner, Jacob Marley. Ebenezer Scrooge, anageing miser, who disdained Christmas, refused a dinner invitation from his nephew Fred. He alsoturned away two men seeking a donation from him to provide food and heating for the poor. On thisevening he was sitting alone in front of …

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Slovak Bermuda Triangle: Tríbeč mountains

Bata. Novesta. Walter Fischer.In 1939, Jan Antonin Bata, the Slovak Henry Ford, established the Bata shoe production factory.Over the next several years, a town, Partizánske, grew up around the factory.He didn´t anticipate, many years later, that Bata shoes would walk the streets of Istanbul or Tokyo.Novesta, established in the same year, didn´t anticipate becoming a …

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Where the wind steals your breath: Veľký Kriváň

On this morning we were awoken by birds singing, rivers burbling, horses neighing and sheep bells ringing.And by the silence.We opened the window and from the first breath of fresh air, we were enveloped by the smell of theforest, freedom, inspiration, and excitement.Two hours later we stood at the start of a half-marathon in Terchová.We and …

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In the region of the lonely forest people: Starý plášť

In 1761 2,037 chickens, 7,857 eggs, 210 ducks, and 626 pigeons were delivered to Holíč castle to be preparedand organized for a royal banquet.It was not Bratislava, nor Banská Štiavnica.The favorite place of the Empress Maria Theresa was Holíč castle located near Skalica, the westernmost royalSlovak city, in the Záhorie region.When 23 year old Maria …

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Modest joy: Záruby a Ostrý kameň

All roads lead to Záruby mountain!Expect one.The Trnavská stovka long trail avoids Záruby.Don´t be disturbed by the name, this 100 km long trail goes nowhere near Trnava.It is one of the oldest organized long trails in Slovakia. Since 1973, at the beginning of summer, on a specialSaturday, at 6:00 a.m., keen hikers start from Bratislava …

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Lucky number seven: Eleven 700m+ mountains of the Small Carpathians

The week has seven days, seven were the ancient wonders of the world. Rainbows have seven colours. Weknow the seven deadly sins. And the music scale has seven tones.The number seven appears on Cristiano Ronaldo´s back.The Magnificent Seven stood tall in the classic western movie, and the Japanese have The Seven Samurai.Seven was always the number …

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Wild and beautiful: Mount Poľana

“Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité”, the French national motto. The war cry of the French revolution.It opened the door not only to progress, the Enlightenment, but especially to romanticism.And with romanticism came emotions, phantasy and isolation, collision between dream and reality. Aromantic hero was an extraordinary personality, an outsider. He found asylum in love. In a tragic …

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