Europe Day Seven. Slovakia: An Afternoon Walk In Kosice.
After my morning walk in Kosice, Slovakia, I had a late and hearty breakfast at the hotel and rested a bit while I caught up with editing the many photographs I was taking. Around 2 p.m. I decided to venture out again. I had hoped to walk to the Hornad River which flows through the center of the city of Kosice. I left my hotel and walked away form the Old Town and toward the river. At first the streets were still narrow, surrounded by old buildings.
Once again I observed the old doors and windows and reflected on the folks who lived here in the past.
The street I was on took me to a park. It was a continuation of Mestsky Park that I so my enjoyed in the morning.
After leaving the park I came to a busy street with modern buildings. I wasn’t following any map, I just continued in the direction of the river I saw on the maps earlier in the day. I love roaming aimlessly in cities, especially foreign ones.
There were large crowds of people walking on the streets and I soon learned why. I came upon a very busy, bus, trolley and train station.
I walked past the train and bus terminal,
and continued along the busy street.
There were some modern commercial buildings near the terminal .
The street soon became more residential, and a little older and run down. .
I continued along the street hoping to find my way to the river. I soon realized that the train tracks that led to the terminal would be a barrier to me proceeding in the direction of the river.
Rather then turn back, I continued on into what appeared to be a low income neighborhood,
old murals. The folks I encountered were all friendly and I didn’t feel unsafe.
And, I soon came to a new housing development. It was very upscale, with flower gardens and plenty of security.
There were a few more gated developments in this area. I now headed back toward the old town, and the neighborhood gradually became more commercial with restaurants, a pizza place,
I was soon on the cobblestone streets of the Old Town again,
and I decided to visit a supermarket. I enjoy looking at the produce and product in the grocery stores of different countries.
This time a security man approached and told me, well I think he told me, he spoke no English, that I couldn’t take any photos.
It was now late afternoon when I left the supermarket. I finished up my three mile hike and was hungry again.. I had walked eight miles exploring Kosice.
I decided to eat at the Le Colonel, an upscale restaurant not far from my hotel in Old Town. It was a good decision. The atmosphere in the restaurant was beautiful. The waiter and host were friendly and helpful in helping me order. I started with a cream of wild mushroom soup. It was delicious.
Next I had a fresh garden salad, again delicious.
My main course was broiled zander a local fish served with spinach and boiled potatoes. Again it was delicious.
I was full but, after such great food, I had to have the dessert. And it was another great choice, the gratin strawberries with marscapone. Delicious. I enjoyed my conversation with the host. We talked about the villages were my great grandparents were born. I left very full and satisfied . It was a long day and I was ready for sleep. I planned on hiking in the hills around the town in the morning. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos from my three mile walk in Kosice. Europe Day Seven Slovakia Kosice afternoon hike June 6 2022.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru