was formerly part of Czechoslovakia and became an independent country
in 1993. It became part of the European Union in 2004 but retains
its own monetary system, the Slovak Crown. We stopped in the capital
city of Bratislava, which was the former capital of Hungary. We
visited St. Mark's Cathedral which was built in the 14th century
and used as the site for the coronation of several Hungarian kings.Part
of the walled city remains and the winding medieval streets were
very interesting to explore. A pedestrian walkway leads to St. Michael's
Gate, a remnant of the medieval fortification.
highlight of our day in Slovakia was a trip through the country
to a small farming town for a home cooked meal of roast goose. We
passed terraced hillsides off grape vines as this is a major wine
producing area. We stopped at the home of a pottery maker and were
given a demonstration of the whole process of pottery making - from
the making of the clay, to the turning, glazing, painting and firing.
Of course there was also an opportunity to buy some of the beautiful
finished product - which we did!
it was time for a special roast goose lunch. We started with goose
soup with homemade noodles, then roast goose, potato pancakes, red
cabbage and plum cake for dessert. The home made wine was so good,
we bought a bottle. The cook even came out and told us the process
for cooking goose. It starts with sitting for 4-5 hours after being
salted. Then 5 hours of cooking in a special pottery pot. Of course
the geese used are also specially raised in the village.
the way back to the ship we drove to the top of the hill overlooking
the city. The American ambassador has a home there that looks like
a miniature white house. Outside the old town area, Bratislava is
a modern looking city with high-rises and private homes.
dinner on the ship, a local children's choir came aboard to entertain
us with their beautiful voices.
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