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Bridge – Bonus

I’ve already posted my contribution to this Weekly Photo Challenge, however my fingers keep itching to add one more. I really need to talk about the most (in)famous bridge in my home town of Bratislava–the Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising. Most SNP in Slovak (most means bridge). It is also commonly referred to as UFO Bridge. You can see why.

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River Danube

This is a controversial bridge. Why is it controversial?

The construction of the bridge started in 1967. For the bridge to be built, a portion of beautiful Old Town, including a Jewish quarter and a synagogue, had to be demolished.

For one reason or another, they built it in such a way that a roadway had to lead onto the bridge and it was for this reason they deemed the destruction of historical streets and buildings, even a part of castle hill, necessary.

Well, that’s Communists for you.

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This is shot from Old Town, the other side is residential area Petrzalka

Obviously it’s deeply tragic. As far as I know, no such sacrilege took place in any other Communist country (please, feel free to correct me in the comments if I’m wrong). But the way I see it now is, you can’t escape your history and so, the SNP Bridge is as much a part of Bratislava as all the nice parts.

That round spaceship thing at the top has a restaurant in it–I haven’t been there as an adult though, so can’t tell you what’s on their menu. Apparently there is also an observation deck–imagine the views! I really must go there on my next visit.

You can find more information on the UFO Bridge here, if you want.

Also, Girl Astray has a cool post about it.

That’s it for my Bonus Bridge post.

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Although, try not to knock down beautiful historical castle walls, while you do it!

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Narrow

Let me just start with saying I really, really like this photo challenge! It just opens up so many possibilities. In the end I decided on a shot of Bratislava’s Old Town (the historical city centre).

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This little street is, I believe, called Castle Steps and so it literally is–it leads up to the castle. Speaking of which, I should post some pictures of the castle one of these days.

Bonus, also from Bratislava, one of my favourite buildings:

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It’s known as House of the Good Shepherd, was built in 18th century and is so narrow, it only has one room on each floor. It’s also a museum of clocks.
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Earth

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River Danube in Devin area near Bratislava, Slovakia. Taken on the same day as the first picture in my State of Mind post. It’s one my favourite photos I’ve ever taken.

If I had a chance to board a spaceship and explore the universe Star Trek-style, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Though I’d be happy to just explore planet Earth a bit.

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Harmony

Some time ago I made a post called Red Yellow Green. I don’t know how I forgot to include this picture in it, maybe I forgot I had it, but it was one of the first things I thought of when I saw this week’s photo challenge. So here it is.

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Taken last October in Heaton Park.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

Harmony