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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!
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.
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 Comments (0)

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