TAILS OF A TRAVELLING CAT
Greetings, humans! Welcome to Day 5, we’re at the half way point now and how fast has it gone?
Our morning started in Prague with my humans desperately trying to find somewhere to spend their remaining 165Kč. They first tried the Loving Hut, a vegan chain restaurant which had premises just a six minute walk from the AirBnb (according to Google Maps). Although for once the humans found the place without difficulty, they had been misinformed regarding the opening times. The trusty Happy Cow App claimed the Hut opened at 11:00, but on arrival we discovered on Saturdays it actually opened at 12:00, ten minutes after our train was due to leave. Slightly disappointed, my humans power walked to Puro and bought a giant burrito with salad and mayo and a chocolate cake topped with a layer of cream then a layer of chocolate icing, somewhat reminiscent of the cake eaten in Warsaw on Day 1. My humans forgot to take pictures so you might as well look at Day 1 to work out what the cake looked like. And I’m sure you can imagine a burrito.
From Puro, the humans continued their power walking (even I will admit this was impressive with their giant hiking bags attached) to arrive at the station in plenty of time for the train. By the time the humans actually got to eat this breakfast (which totalled exactly 165Kč), it was after midday and thus became their lunch. The carriage we were sat in had six-seater compartments instead of the standard rows of seats (which was quite nice) and was air conditioned (which was even better). The four hour journey took us through some wonderful Czech and Slovakian (not Czechoslovakian anymore) countryside and in no time at all we had reached Bratislava. Ok, four hours is four hours and not no time. What I mean is the journey passed very quickly, particularly as Charlie was reading a good book. I approve of this behaviour. I am suspicious of a person who doesn’t read books.
Anyway, on our arrival in Bratislava, we headed straight to the AirBnb. On route, we were initially distracted by the lack of people (this seemed a very empty capital city) and then we were distracted by a park which turned out to be the gardens of the Grassalkovich Palace (where the president lives). Soon we had entered the Old Town area and suddenly the AirBnb was upon us. We (well, the humans) lugged our bags up to the fourth floor and discovered our room, which has great views of the city, even if they were mostly obscured by the shutter blind which was closed most of the way and the humans couldn’t understand how to open it. The views included the Danube (just about) which I wasn’t too impressed with, but there was a lovely old church and we were above the roofs of many of our neighbouring buildings, which makes me feel high up and important (which of course I am).
Soon we were off to explore the city. We wandered over to the castle which was huge and entirely rebuilt in 1953 (I don’t know if it always looked as it does now or not, although it is similar looking to the castles (slash palaces) in Warsaw and Krakow). We walked between the defensive walls and discovered the castle was seemingly outside the walls, but it was up a rather large hill, so that probably made defence easier. The castle was huge and stunning, with more defensive walls and a garden which allowed great views of the city, even if that pesky Danube was visible to the south.
After surveying the castle, we set off in search of dinner. We headed to Balans Bistro where both humans ordered a burger with chips, salad, mayonnaise and red cabbage mayonnaise (probably). Charlie’s burger was the Balans burger, the burger was made of beetroot and chickpeas and was topped with cheese, gherkins, salad, chutney and some other sauces which were probably mayo. Jack’s Mexican burger was made of legumes, with BBQ sauce, cheese, salad, tomato and sauce. Both burgers were amazing and then came dessert. Charlie had another of these chocolate and cream cakes and Jack had a cake with many layers of buttercream, topped with strawberries and jelly. Both were as good as the mains and the humans were thoroughly stuffed.
To walk some of the meal off, we headed back across town to the Danube (why? What have I done to deserve this?). On discovering they couldn’t get any closer than a safety barrier at the top of the bank, my humans stood and looked at the river for much longer than I could ever consider necessary.
Eventually they decided they wanted ice cream (despite still being stuffed) and headed to Luculu’s Ice Cream Saloon (this sounds like something out of the Wild West but I promise it wasn’t, which was a little disappointing). There was a long queue back across the square, but this was clear testament to how popular it was. Anyway, the line moved quickly and we were soon ordering. Charlie had a scoop of chestnut (an unusual ice cream flavour) and one of chocolate nero and Jack had chocolate nero and After 8, both in delicious cones. My humans enjoyed these in a square where some kind of festival with many stalls and a live band was going on.
After the ice cream, my foolish humans were now truly stuffed and following a walk around some of the streets of the square we returned to our AirBnb. Here we engaged in that age old race, Lift vs Stairs. The Stairs (Charlie and I) won against the Lift (Jack) but this doesn’t surprise me as how could I possibly lose? The lift also appeared to be a rather wobbly affair, I was very glad I didn’t ride in it. Age old contest over (well as old as lifts have been around), we entered our room, where we learnt how to work the shutter blind, just as it was getting dark enough for us to not really be able to see out. But we enjoyed the views for a little while anyway.
Well, that’s it for today, folks! Tomorrow we’ll have some more exploring to do and then we’ll be Hungary bound, on a train once more, this time to Budapest. Until next time. Chesh.