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A free day in Slovakia

overcast -3 °C

We're on the end half of our tour now - sadly! None of us on this tour are really skiers but we're visiting the ski resort here in Jasna. Not much to do in this village so a few of us took a bus ride to the nearest town. David & Amanda explored Liptovsky Mikulas the town at the base of the hills. I went from there to Besenova to a water park with an amazing sounding spa.

I bought a 3 hour pass to the Harmonia area of the park where there are 3 steam rooms, 2 saunas, 2 thermal hot tubs, a whirlpool, various cool and cold plunge pools, massage showers and foot massage pools. fullsizeoutput_d21.jpeg
You spend time in any one at a time and move through the various areas, revisiting spots that were most enjoyable, getting cooled down rapidly and basically just relaxing. I only managed waist high in the icy plunge pool but I did take the 50m walk outside to the thermal hot tub! My favourites were the Menthol sauna - kinda like inhaling mild Vicks Vaporub and the salt sauna. There was salt there to exfoliate as well. What a WONDERFUL afternoon. (Of course I couldn't take photos inside but I did manage a couple of screen shots from the website.)
IMG_2402.JPG The cold plunge pool
IMG_2403.JPG the Roman Sauna - of course without all the steam - it was actually difficult to see, the steam was that thick!

I got a taxi back to the town where I had just enough time to explore the central square and buy a little souvenir for my Christmas tree.
IMG_2397.JPGIMG_2398.JPGIt's a little corn husk doll - the kind my Grampa used to bring back from his trips to Slovakia!!! Makes me SMILE!
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She's got a chicken under her arm!

Liptovsky Mikulas is infamous for the site of the hanging death of one of the region's most famous outlaws. Here's a link to the tale of Jánošík (yan-o-sheek) https://www.slavorum.org/juraj-janosik-legendary-slovak-thief-turned-hero/
but in the end, Juraj Jánošík ended his young and thrilling life in Liptovský Mikuláš on May 18 1713, when he was executed by hanging on a hook speared through his left side – this is how he was left to die. EEEWWW!

The walk back up to the hotel from the bus stop was lovely - the resorts all lit up for night. The groomers were also out on the ski hill getting it ready for tomorrow.
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That's it for the Slovak part of our tour. We head back to Krakow tomorrow.

Posted by otisandma 11:52 Archived in Slovakia Tagged sauna spa thermal relax janosik

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