14th March 2015 – Bratislava, Slovakia
After an up-in-the-air castle, which watched Two different countries, and possibly a third, I saw a gate. Yeah, just another gate. But one where The lines between medieval times and modernity blurred.
I walked back to the old town again today, to check out some other buildings and monuments that I missed yesterday.
Come to think of it. I am walking a lot nowadays, unlike the days with the motorbike when I would be lazy to even go for a short trek on the Sarangkot. I saw the whole city of Budapest on foot, when the metro system was very efficient. And in Bratislava, I am not even in the mood to check out the public transport system and its effectiveness.
We walked up the Bratislava Hrad (castle) for a view of the centre of old town. Actually, not just old town. You can even see the whole of Bratislava, and even Austria from this high vantage point. And I am told that you can even see Hungary on some very clear days. Well, today was not exactly a clear day.
After exploring the castle, we came down and headed back to the main gate. To stop and stare at the St. Michael’s gate, a beautiful medieval city gate that has been preserved from the 1300s.
Well, medieval life meets modernity here, where luxury shops line up the bottom of this gate. There is also a Bratislava city museum located in the gate.
With the oncoming night, the gate etched itself against the clouds.