21st February - 28th
- Vienna (Austria)
- Paris (France)
of Slovakia was bloody frezzing cold,between -2 and -5 C
during the day, so we didn't get too many photos or video
seen the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace but
as we were pass ....we were in luck and caught the Bratislava
version. Grassalkovich Palace. If you are deperate to see
the boring video clip click the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9Ln1tFVbqE
Just strolling around as
I do I stumbled upon a man standing with a giant snail between
his legs and another creature on his shoulder. He turned
ot to be a monument and the creatures part of it. I preferred
though another monument of a lady and deer. The deer didn't
seem to mind me sitting on it's back and the lady was rather
stoney in her demeaner so made no comment.
Took a break from the -5C
cold for a hot chocolate that was so yummy I wish I could
be it and drink myself silly all day on cocoa.
It had whipped cream on top and everything.
There were rather a lot
of graffiti animals around Bratislava including this angry
looking teddy bear. Didn't dare ask what his problem was.
Sometimes you just have to leave a angry looking teddy bear
alone. But I guess from the wording beside him his name
Bratislava is only about
40 miles form Vienna (Capital of Austria) so we took a day-trip
from the train station. You will have to scroll down to
Vienna for for the photos.
The day after our day-trip
to Vienna we braved the cold to dod a quick run-a-round
the old city for the tourist photos. First off was the City
More recent additions to
the city are statutes with a little more character then
the usual sombre formal portrait of some VIP. at Panska
and Sedlarska Street there is man coming out of a man-hole
is just waiting to be tripped over. He is called Rubberneck
and had lost his head twice when runover so the council
put a road sign beside him to warn drivers. Strange really
asit is a pedestrian are so few vechicles would come down
and the sign in written in Englisn and not Slovakian, so
I would summise the sign is just part fo the tourist attraction.
You know what a famous and
cool dude teddy bear I am, well I had the Slovakian Papz
folling me around. I had the distinct feeling I was being
followed only to look around and see no-one. However, outside
a restaurant called Paparazzi I managed to turn around in
time to catch my persuer. After all his effort I had to
let him get a nice photo.
Having had a go at ice-skating
I took a rest on a sailor's hat. He was leaning on the back
of a bench daydreaming whilst looking out over the square.
I manged to disctract him from his daydream to find out
his name was Napoleon.
Not much info on this Dr
or why there is a monument to him but I was feeling a little
ill so I sat witht eh quack for a while hoping he would
make me feel better but just got a stoney reception.
The airport is modern and
swanky in comparison to the rest of Bratislava.
On our second day in Slovakia
we took a day trip to Vienna in Asutria; there is only abot
40 miles distance between these 2 closest capitals in the
world apparently. I was just a schilly as in Bratislava
Vienna is a city of beautiful
buildings, monuents and fountains.
The Arsenal get everywhere.
I didn't know thought that they gave up football for tennis;
I'm so out of touch.
No water in the pond so
no ducks to feed, they must have all got fed up with the
cold and some must have pulled the plug out or something.
Not sure who the geezer is on the podium thingy.
Spar Gourmet! We had to
take a look.
Can't find our city guide
to tell you what this is but it looks nice and I'm in the
photso we are putting it on here.
Looks like the naked folk
underneath have a tough job.
Took a break from the cold
at Cafe Sacha and had cheese strudel and hot chocolate.
The staff were quite nice, especially one man but the hot-chocolate
was not a good as one we'd had in Bratislava for about a
7th of the price by volume. Well if you go to a 5-star hotel
for a snack what do expect?
Hotel Sacha after we came
out into the dark
They now have stars like
this on the pavement at our local train sation Elstree and
Borehamwood - so I sat for this photo for that reason more
than to be photographed with the star of Fritz Kreisler
the Violinist and Composer.
Paris 26th & 27th
A day at home after out
trip to Bratislava and we were off to Paris for a conference.
We got up early; that is
Debra, me, ChocIce and Diana who was on the conference trip
with us. I was expecting the Arc de Triomf to be bigger
and that we could walk through it without risk of being
runover by mad Parisan drivers but we didn't take the risk
to find out if they were as mad as is portrayed. YouTube
We took peek only at the
Seine as we were so down on time; would have loved to have
walked along the river and sang Under The Bridges Of Paris
but we had to get to the Eiffel Tower before getting back
to the Hotel to leave for the conference.
We enjoyed a trip on the
Metro and you can see a video of me and Choc-Ice with a
busker on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pRPkYNbDtA
We didn't get much time
at all to look around the reputed world's most romantic
city but at least we got up the Eiffel Tower. Choc-Ice was
with Debra and me on this trip so I wasn't alone as a teddy
bear. Clip on YouTube
I got the thumbs up as we
were about to enter the conference/shopping centr on the
outskirts of Paris. The thumb is nearly as tall as the buildings
Debra said. I had to explain perspective to her.
The conference was interesting
but a little long and without breaks. It was Iran, Human
Rights, Women, Camp Asraf and Policy Options.