Yesterday was spent exploring the capital city Bratislava, both old and new. The old area is compact, with many embassies, historic and cultural sights.
The newer areas are filled with Soviet style apartment blocks.
There is a massive modern shopping complex along the Danube River where we discovered a state of the art cinema complex where we saw the film Joker. (More on that later…)
Just outside the Slavonice by a 30 minute walk are Czechoslovakian bunkers from 1938. They were built to protect Czechoslovakia from a Nazi invasion. It’s a somber reminder of the conflict in the region not so many years ago.
Yesterday we traveled overland to Slavonice, South Bohemia, one mile from the Austrian border. Along the way we stopped in Cesky Budejovice for a tour of the famous Budweiser Budvar Brewery, whose brewing history dates back to the 13th century.
We made our way to Slavonice, a town with roots in the Renaissance.
Today was a beautiful blue sky day as we traveled southeast from Prague. Our first stop was Vojna Memorial, built by German POWs after WWII as a labor camp for the nearby uranium mines. After the communist takeover in 1948, Vojna became a forced labor camp for political prisoners.