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We were picked up from the ship in a little red train and had a guide called Monica. We went on the normal roads to Bratislava's castle on top of the hill. It was very plain in comparison to others we had visited built in Gothic then remodelled on the outside. Saw great views over the city. Slovenia is bordered by Austria, Czech republic and Hungary. Mainly agricultural. The country was under communinism rule for 40 years until the 1980s.

We went back to the ship on the red train and had a beautiful BBQ lunch on the sundeck. We were picked up by larger buses and taken to the countryside to a normal family home. As we had Monica as guide in morning we went with her again and great choice. All the guides have studied or studied and all knowledgable. Not all locals from the area but when you get one like Monica that is its great.

We arrived at the home and met by the family dog. We all went around the back amazing garden. Different varieties of apples. pears. tomatoes and grapes among the herbs and other plants. We had a coffee, cake made by the wife and sampled the wine and port the owner makes.

Was such great conversation with Monica translating. The dog saw us off the property but the cat was still asleep.

Driving back was great with all the crops growing near the road. You can relate to Aust or NZ as you drive along.

Back on board more delicious food and a show put on for us by the crew. So simple but funny. Another fabulous day.

Posted by Nors Stephens 13:35 Archived in Slovakia

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