It was my third day in Slovakia when I awoke on Wednesday morning. I was excited . I was looking forward to my drive to Smolnik , the village I believed my maternal grandfather’s father was born. I arranged for a driver to take me there and tour the surrounding countryside. I hoped to find a cemetery where some relatives may be buried. . My driver was picking me up a 9 a.m. so I was up at 6. a.m. since I wanted to explore the streets of Kosice again before he arrived.
It was a mostly cloudy and mild when I left the Hilton Hotel across from the Old Town.
I again walked onto the cobblestones of Hlavana Street,
and past the pretty flower gardens.
Once again I took in the beauty of St. Elizabeth’s , the largest church in Slovakia and the the most easterly Gothic Cathedral in Europe.
One could spend a day just admiring the architecture of Cathedral.
The streets were mostly deserted as this early hour, a few elderly folks were out for a walk or a bike ride.
I walked past the impressive Opera House ,
and other old buildings that line Hlavana Street.
I decided to explore one of the narrow side alleys,
where I found, , as I often find in every city I i visit, some l of the artwork of a local graffiti artist,
at least there was some advice with the graffiti.
I just roamed aimlessly through side streets,
and alleys in the Old Town.
I came to a courtyard, it seems these old buildings are now used as residences, and
came to a street along Mestsky Park. There is always something interesting to see in alleys in the streets of a city. I am not sure where these items came from or are going. .
I made my way into pretty Mestsky Park. I have became very found of this small park.
It is alive with people, young and old, and also with the songs of he many birds that live in it’s ancient trees. I saw this fieldfare
and this nest with what I think were spotted flycatcher fledglings.
I again walked past some of the memorials, and
other attractions in the park. I wish I could have stayed in the park but I had to move on if I was to be on time for my ride.
When I left the park I found the streets of the Old Town were now crowded with students, commuters to works and residents out for a stroll.
I walked on Mlynska Street, a busy side street that connects with Hlavana Street at the Cathedral.
I looked at some of the shops on the way.
I came back to the Cathedral, and, having a little extra time,
walked across to Alzbetina Street, another busy street
lined with shops and restaurants.
I walked to the end of the street and roamed through some more sides streets.
Taking in the interesting sights I saw on the way.
It was now nearing 9 a.m. so I headed back to the hotel, passing the police station and some other municipal buildings on the way. It was another enjoyable walk through the streets of Kosice and I became a little more familiar with this beautiful city I had never heard of a week before my trip. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos from my morning walk. Europe Day Nine Slovakia Kosice morning walk. June 8 2022.
“One of the gladdest moments of human life, I think, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. Shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the leaden weight of routine, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of home, man feels once more happy.” – Richard Burton