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Bratislava: An overlooked travel destination

Bratislava —  An overlooked travel destination

Bratislava, capitol of land-locked Slovakia, was not what I expected.  It’s an old city whose history goes back to well before the time of Christ, including envelopment into the Hungarian and Hapsburg empires and more recently the Soviet empire.  It was my first visit to a former eastern-block country and I thought I’d see a small struggling city still trying to shake off the burdens of Communist repression.  While there is some evidence of that this city of nearly 500,000 is being reborn.  There are many construction and remodeling projects and an invigorating entrepreneurial energy is in the air.  The streets are filled with tourists taking in the sights of the old city and Austrians shopping for bargains (which are …

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