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Danube river, besides its beauty, it is also giving life and vitality to the cities. Bratislava has also taken its share.

Some people says that it’s not worth to spend time in Slovakia. ? . But I had a great time on a cold November day in this beautiful small city. I always try to establish a spiritual connection with the cities I visit. with its nature and history…

I had almost no idea where I’d start to discover this small city as I was planning to spend couple of hours around old town Staré mesto. After a few hours, I was sure that there are many places to discover until my last Budapest train.

I started my path from Bratislava Castle as it was a good idea to overview the Danube from its courtyard. The location provides perfect views of Bratislava and Danube. The Castle has been inhabited since the late stone age. It has being re-constucted since 2008 so interior side is currently closed to the visitors. But main entrance and exterior courtyard can still be accessed.

for further information you may visit;  http://visit.bratislava.sk/en/vismo/o_utvar.asp?id_org=700014&id_u=1591&p1=3268

The Bratislava Castle

The Bratislava Castle

The Bratislava Castle

The Bratislava Castle

 

Danube from Bratislava  Castle

Danube from Bratislava Castle

I dropped myself from castle hill straight down to cobblestone narrow streets of Bratislava, full of beautiful small cafes. Before reaching St Michael’s Gate I just walked through Hviezdoslavovo Namestie ( Hviezdoslav Square ) located in the Staré mesto between the New Bridge and National Theatre. You can enjoy your cup of coffee along this street, catch some great photos as there are some pretty fountains, sculptures and benches covered with fallen leaves. I spent almost half an hour just sitting down on this street, watched birds, fallen leaves and  inhaled the fresh November air. There were couple of small souvenir stands with various types of options. For me, the best is inventive unique magnets !

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Sedir Island, Kleopatra Beach

 

Sedir adasından bir görüntü...

Sedir adasından bir görüntü…

Diğer adı Kedrai olan Sedir Adası’nın isminin Luwi dilinden geldiği sanılmaktadır. Büyük olasılıkla da Hellen dilinden değişerek “Kadra halkının kenti” anlamında Kedrai veya Kadrai olmuştur. Ksenephonun, halkını yarı Yunanlı-yarı Barbar diye tarif ettiği bu kentin tarihçesi ve kuruluşu ile ilgili bilgiler sınırlıdır. Miletoslu Hekataios M.Ö. 6.yy.’da buradaki yerleşimden bahseder. Kent, M.Ö.404-428′de Karia birliğine katılmış. Sonra Attika Delos Deniz birliğine dahil olarak, yıllık 3000 drahmi aidat vermiş; M.Ö. 439 da bu aidat 2000′e düşmüştür. Xenophon, M.Ö.405-406′da Atina-Sparta savaşında Spartalı kumandan Lysandros un Kedrai’yi kuşatmış, Atinalıların yanında yer alan kenti ele geçirmiştir. Halkını da cezalandırmak için esir pazarında satmıştır. Bu olaydan sonra Kedrai eski parlak günlerine bir daha kavuşamamıştır. Continue reading