So after our stay in Hungary, it was time to move to Krakow, Poland. It was a 6 hour journey so we stopped en route in Donovaly, Slovakia. And I can tell you the journey from Budapest to Poland was THE MOST beautiful ‘roadtrip’ I’ve ever seen and probably anywhere. Yes, a bold claim indeed. But I’m confident. A sea of trees line each side of the road. And it’s a cascade of red, orange and yellow. Rows and rows of skinny green trees occassionally line up and stretch on forever. Then there’s the mountains in the background. Added onto that was the fact that we travelled on a rather foggy morning where ahead of us was just fog, and dew lingered on our bus windows, and basked in midair whenever rays of light broke through the surrounding trees. I couldn’t get a nice steady shot, but this probably captures the feel well.
The trip from Poland to Germany was really nice as well, but that’s for another post!
We made a stop in Donovaly (Slovakia) to have lunch and it was the coldest part of the whole trip. We had lunch at this huge restaurant called Donovaly Pivovar. It’s a cosy place with several motel/ski resort joints around. It’s kind of situated on a hilly place and we were pretty high on altitude as well. Everywhere was just fog.
The interior. So much win. I love the modern metal wood and stone mesh architecture. Bikes on the walls. Studio elements. Polar bear and moose’s bust. A real gem.
Oo look what we have here? 🙂
A cute little critter. We were surprised to find an african grey parrot on the second floor. Oh man my mom, sis and I instantly fell in love. They were too scared to touch it though which is bonkers right?! I went to pet it slowly at first and it quickly warmed up to me, even lowering its head so I could scratch the top of the head even more. A very cute and affectionate one indeed 🙂 It gives you the look when it’s enjoying your company, you just can’t say no! These are some of the smartest animals alive and it wasn’t shocking that when we left, it said bye-bye to us ;D
The food was beyond good. When I sank my teeth into my rib-eye, I was sold. Best rib-eye I ever had in my life. I’m not even joking. That’s a bomb-ass piece of beef. So fresh and the marbling was just uorghh. OMG.
My dad had the ribs which were also fantastic. I had a steal at the end when he couldn’t finish :)) MMm
My mom and sister shared some some sausage dish which was pretty good as well. But man that ribeye was so good. We saw so many farms during our travels from place to place, I’m not surprised if they had their own farm and were able to maintain the freshness of their produce. Too envious haha. P.s. I still can’t get that beef off my mind, it’s that good. And I still miss that parrot 😦 I spent like a good 10-15 minutes just petting its adorable little head and he/she seemed to be enjoying it as much as I did!
After 3 hours or so after our lunch, we finally reach Poland.
Time to tackle the salt mine! We went to Krakow’s salt mine which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
An interesting sight in a salt mine. Workers apparently spent so much time in the mine they built small sancturies and prayer rooms for prayer throughout the day.
Stay tuned for more on Krakow and Poland!