snapshots from košice during unwinding… slowly…

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My better half & I are in Košice (aka Kaschau). It’s the 2nd largest town in Slovakia (about 300 k inhabitants – so it’s somewhat like Greater Bonn, however, there’s no megalopolis like Cologne nearby).

What are we doing here? My better half is busy w/ a job visit in the international group… & I… I accompanied her – working on my blogs now, do shopping & sightseeing in Košice, walking the city centre & its alleyways, taking snapshots – in short: some sort of unwinding.

…& up to now I can state that Košice is a perfect town for any sort of unwinding!

 

For the record:
Don’t mix up Slovakia & Slovenia. Slovakia is surrounded by Austria, Czechia, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary while Slovenia is in the Mediterranean hemisphere having access to the Adriatic Sea – although a very small coastline – almost straight vice versa of Venice.

 

 

In the very heart of the city is the St. Elizabeth cathedral – next to the impressive structure are people enjoying their coffee and beer in the last September sun. There is a stretched promenade, a very long promenade w/o any access for vehicles (except deliveries) w/ shops, restaurants, bars, cafés, some fountains, some parc areas… I should emphasize that the café/bars (in combination) are a majority offering lots of space w/ comfortable armchairs & sunshade (that’s essential because we had about 30° C last week!).

So there’s no excuse of getting stressed. Just relax, unwind, decelerate… however, I didn’t join any fashionable digital detox phase: I worked on my blogs as ever – maybe a little more relaxed.

Each morning I liked to walk around the city center. Doing snapshots whenever seeing some interesting features from the past: Košice is a very well preserved town w/ lots of relics from the past – from the Middle Ages up to modern times and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

So have a coffee, do some food shopping, have an early beer in late afternoon…

City centre’s masterpiece is the cathedral of the 14th century.

 

 

Some impressions from the ubiquitous alleyways…

 

 

The Plague Column remembering the Black Death in 1709-10…

 

 

…leads us to the State Theatre.

 

 

Always be wary of the watching gargoyles!

 

 

North & South of the cathedral are Urban’s Tower (the bell tower) & St. Michale’s Chapel (also 14th century).

 

 

There are elaborate roof ornaments around you…

 

 

…& there are solid, but ornate door…

 

 

Buidings are well preserved…

 

 

…& some small interesting artwork in passing by… (I’ve got more than 300 snapshots – so only very very few!).

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also a small farmers’ market next to the promenade (although in the mid of some alleyways – so you have explicitly to look for it!).

 

 

There is an abundance of fresh fruit & vegetables – confined to the European region. To meet requirements there are supermarkets – small supermarkets… (I don’t know anything outside city center because we lived at the edge of city centre, my better half walked to work, we had no car – so sightseeing (necessary) beyond city centre…)

There are lots of fine restaurants/cafés w/ down-to earth food… & there’s beer from small breweries… (remember that Pilsen is in Czechia!)

 

 

…our reliable travel companion (for free by the Košice Tourism Board):

 

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