11/12/2013

Weekend Getaway: Bratislava {Love for live music and pretty hotels}


Though Bratislava is only a one hour train ride away from Vienna, I haven't visited the Slovakian capital for an actual holiday or short stay - instead only went to the local airport - until now. This past weekend it was time to convert my promised and highly anticipated getaway (including Tegan and Sara concert tickets!) into a 'real' birthday present, so T. and I finally went to Bratislava to see the Canadian twins live on stage and stay overnight in a fancy spa hotel. Mama's Design and Boutique Hotel - which I highly recommend! - was such a pleasant surprise to me after my first impression of the city centre hasn't been all too well and a little ambivalent. 

I couldn't decide whether I felt a hundred percent comfortable in the very beginning, because, you know, there has a lot of modernisation been going on for the past few decades; still, the standard is obviously not as high as the Viennese one and you can see and feel the history of the town as well as the peoples' current living situation and their very low income, which in fact, is half of what Austrian people make for a living. Therefore, pastries start at five cents and food and drinks (a beer at the concert venue was 2€!) are cheaper than in the rest of (Western) Europe. However, shopping - besides groceries - won't relieve your budget much, for prices in the well known high street stores are the same as probably everywhere else in Europe. So yes, a lot of Slovakian people can't afford a well situated life and that tristesse a little disturbing at first. 

Still, there's this lovely old town and a pretty castle (which we unfortunately couldn't visit due to heavy rain) that are totally worth to be seen. The mixture of old and new, of misery and wealth somehow reminded me of other cities - or at least parts of them - and to me it mostly felt like a conglomerate of Prague (architecture and a slightly similar language to foreigners) and Berlin (mostly the parts that still resemble the DDR). There are so many cool locations to go out in the evenings and I really wanna come back to the city with a bunch of fun people to take advantage of that! Also the concert venue - Atelier Babylon - is SO great in my opinion and I'm pretty darn sure to not have been there for the last time ;) 

The show itself was amazeballs!! I did not imagine it to be that awesome and I most certainly did not imagine Tegan and Sara to be so flawless and even prettier in real life than on screen and in the pictures. It literally took me about an hour to cope with their level of adorableness and attractiveness while listening to their beautiful voices. It's remarkable to witness such musical talent and devotion - I love how passionate these two (and their super lovely support act Soak) have been. This is insanely inspiring and it even hurts a little to know the tour's over - but hey, I stormed the merchandise and still have CD's and youtube ;)

Last but not least, I have an 'insider tip' for you: check out your ways before leaving home - public transport is insanely cheap in Bratislava, whereas taxi drivers totally pull a fast one on tourists. And secondly - due to a lack of time we couldn't test validity of that - the hotel we stayed in is said to have the very best sushi bar in town! I'll most definitely be back in no time, for my concluding résumé is: the city is very interesting and I wanna experience more of it when the weather's better than this time. All in all, I loved the trip which equals my most favourite bday present this year!
Love, Julie.

19 comments:

  1. Suuuperschöne Fotos.. wie kriegst du die tollen Konzert-Fotos hin? Wenn ich bei sowas (oder generell im Dunkeln) fotografieren will, wird das überhaupt nichts :D
    Und Wahnsinns-Hotel!! Wieviel hat denn da eine Übernachtung gekostet?

    Alles Liebe, Katii

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  2. Ich liebe Bilderfluten! Jedes einzelne Foto ist wirklich sehr schön und perfekt getroffen :0 :)
    Und danke für deinen lieben Kommentar, ich habe mich sehr gefreut <3
    xx Fina :*

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  3. Wow I have never been to Bratislava but it looks like an interesting place to visit after reading your post!

    www.steffysworld.com

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  4. Toller Post, die Fotos sind sehr schön geworden!
    Mir gefällt dein Blog generell sehr gut. hättest du vielleicht Lust auf gegenseitiges Folgen?
    Ich würde mich sehr freuen :)

    Liebe Grüße Su http://fashiontwinstinct.blogspot.de/

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  5. Tolle Bilder, weckt direkt die Reiselust in mir! :)

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  6. Der Header sieht einfach wunderschön aus!
    Ich würde mich sehr über gegenseitiges folgen freuen!
    Schaue doch einfach mal auf meinem Blog Urbanie
    vorbei!

    Liebst, Yanna

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  7. Richtig schöne Bilder und insgesamt ein schöner Blog!
    Gefällt mir sehr!
    xx

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  8. Hellöchen! Du hast bei mir am 12.11. bei der Give Away Verlosung gewonnen. Ich habe dir auch schon ein Mail geschrieben, bis dato aber leider noch keine Antwort erhalten. Sei bitte so nett und melde dich noch vor Sonntag bei mir! Würde sonst einen neuen Gewinner auslosen :) danke, lg Manu

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  9. wow, tolle Bilder! & Danke für deinen Kommentar! Magst du vllt einader Folgen? :)

    Love, Chiara of http://modemood.blogspot.com/

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  10. bratislava ist so eine schöne stadt - aber wir haben bist jetzt immer nur tagestrips gemacht.
    das hotel ist ja toll, da bleibt man dann doch gern über nacht :)

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  11. Following u back honey! :)

    www.magdalennes.blogspot.com

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  12. was für ein tolles hotel <3
    vielen dank für deinen lieben kommentar :)
    viele grüße

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  13. Wunderschöne Bilder!!! Vielen lieben Dank für deinen Kommentar:-) Dein Blog gefällt mir sehr gut, hab dich gleich mal bei bloglovin geadded:-)
    Liebste Grüße und noch einen schönen Sonntag!!
    Kirsten

    http://www.thedressbakery.blogspot.com

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  14. Tolle Fotos :)
    ich weiß gar nicht ob es so neu ist das Parfüm von Vera Wang, ich habe es mal erst jetzt entdeckt :)

    xx Jo Betty
    JoBettyB


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  15. Tolle Bilder! Dein Outfit gefällt mir sehr gut... und die Pralinen... lecker! :)
    Bratislava scheint eine tolle Stadt zu sein!
    Liebe Grüße,
    Stef

    http://seaofteal.blogspot.de

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Thanks for sharing your much appreciated thoughts with me! xo J.