Our first time in Cannes was last autumn and we had a lovely stroll by the beach with our friends. We were staying nearby in Vallauris. Azur coast is beautiful and we will hopefully visit it again this year.
First we saw the residence of Slovakian president who is not very popular here, but which politician is these days around Europe?
I thought that the building of Slovak radio station looked very interesting as it has a shape of upside down pyramid.
This time of year Bratislava is quiet with tourists. The season kicks of in April when boats on Danube start their tours.
One of the very interesting architectural places is Modry kostol or a Blue Church of St.Elizabeth; an art nouveau building that is a great example of Hungarian secession
We passed by an ice skating ring, placed on a very nice square.
While walking around I was also searching for office of Proti prudu organization that is working here with homeless and it is publishing Nota Bene magasine once a month. I didn’t find them and I was hoping to be of better luck tomorrow.
As we went to a train station to take a break we witnessed security being nasty to an old homeless lady that was asleep in a waiting room. She wasn’t bothering anyone and she was obviously just looking for a warm spot. But they decided to follow the rules without any empathy. This same lady was kicked the day before too when a security guy really roughly pulled her out. This kind of violence upsets me always.
After that bad scene it was time to go up to Bratislava castle (Hrad) where we couldn’t enter as dogs are not allowed but we managed to see this cool statue on the way up.
After all that we went back to our hosts place to pick up stuff and say goodbye.
But then something unexpected happened. As I was having dinner with my host, Evelyn was in a garden playing with his big female dog. As I was on the way out we realized she is gone. We started searching everywhere and I called my friend Janka who started posting on different groups on Facebook that she is missing. and sharing her photos and her blog. That night we went 3 times in search of her,mostly in a big Horsky park nearby. After that I was sure that somebody has taken her and I was just hoping that tommorow we will be able to locate her.
There was no other option but to stay an extra night with our host Tomas, who was very helpful and wait for the morning to continue searching with the help of Janka.
It was a weird night and I kept dreaming about her, but I had a good feeling we will find each other next day.
It was time to say goodbye to Wroclaw after amazing time here… When I first planned the route, Wroclaw wasn’t on the list but I am so happy that I decided to visit this vibrant and active city. On our last morning there we went to see a center for homeless people that is run by a big non profit association that has many centers around Poland. We spoke to Olek, who was very busy but he took some time to tell us about their work. He was running a computer lab where they have IT course for their residents. We didn’t have time to see much more of the center but we stayed in touch and I am hoping to see Olek again in near future. The association is
St Brother Albert Aid Society
and it has been helping people without home for more then 30 years. Here is the link to their website Later we picked our stuff in Adrian’s flat and we said goodbye to our bed 😀 We went to train as it was getting dark and I knew we won’t be able to get to Prague that day. But I was hoping to get as near as possible. We started with regional train, then we tried to hitchhike in a small place outside of Wroclaw, that didn’t work out so we took few other trains stopping in small places as I didn’t have enough money to pay for full tickets. Here are few photos from our stops on the way… In one of them called Swardzow Wroclawski I recorded these two videos:
At the end we manage to get as far as Bystrzyca Klodzka, a small town near the border with Czech republic. After wondering around looking for a spot to sleep as it was cold, we get back to train station as the waiting room was opened. It wasn’t heated but we still manage to sleep in a sleeping bag on a bench… Tomorrow we have continued to Prague…