I slept until 10:30am today, which is late comparative to the older people on the boat who sleep until like 6am. Grams had talked to the stewardess, who had kindly asked if I was all right. Later, she told me that her mother would soak a rag in vinegar to help with high blood pressure and to drink Coke and chocolate with low blood pressure. At lunch, Peter arrived wearing a typical “dad tourist shirt”. A bright pink Hawaiian shirt, I almost sat at a different table- it was that bad. We arrived Bratislava around 2pm, which gave me plenty of time to rest before our city tour.
The city tour was a combination of a bus tour and a walking tour. The bus first took us up to the top of the city known as the “Beverly Hills of Bratislava”. The guide explained that this is where most of the wealthy people live because there are such amazing views of the city. We drove past where the US ambassadors house is, which looked like a smaller version of The White House. I automatically started to think about me as an ambassador because I could live in a fabulous house, although I don’t know if I would want to be an ambassador for a random country such as this. Every house up there seemed to have the newest Mercedes or BMW. It was a complete opposite of what we just saw in Budapest where there were older models of the cars. At the very top of the hills of Bratislava, there was a castle called: Bratislava Castle (who would’ve thought huh). There was an amazing few of the city and the Danube River. You could see both Vienna and Budapest from there. It was cool to see wind generators in the far distance. Surrounding the castle grounds were marvelous gardens with flowers of every color. It was a beautiful contrast with the white castle walls.
|Flowers in the castle gardens|
|View of Bratislava Castle|