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Cumil, which translates as "Watcher", looks over city streets.

Bratislava ..... The guide books say that the old town of Bratislava used to be a place that you just didn't visit. It was dirty and dangerous. Well, I'm happy to say, that is old history in this historic city. Bratislava's old town is revitalized, charming and a "must see" destination that reminds me of Prague and Budapest. There is, however, one wonderful difference. It doesn't have the hordes of tourists - except, perhaps, around the Christmas market.

In a stroke of genius that should be copied in all quaint cities with cobble stone streets, the center of Bratislava's old town is a pedestrian zone. There is no need to worry about being run over as you stroll along cafés, restaurants, shops and charming buildings that might otherwise distract you. The whole old town is very easily walk-able, and that's always the best way to explore. And, when you explore, you'll be sure to see a few fun statues scattered across old town. Cumil is seen above, but there's also a soldier from Napoleon's army (who happened to "visit" Bratislava in 1805 and again in 1809). However, during my visit, he was fairly well hidden by Christmas booths.

Bratislava Castle dates back to the 13th Century.
 
Most exploring includes old churches, the required castle atop a hill, cafés for those of us with caffeine addictions and a lot of winding streets that weave throughout the town. Very fortunately, a lot of people speak English. With a map in hand, and the help of very friendly Slovakians, buses were easy to navigate. And, a side trip to the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum (a modern art museum outside of town along the Danube) makes for a wonderful side trip.
 
You look up a lot while strolling in Bratislava.
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