The thing which surprised me the most was its smell. In that day the Danube smelled like the sea in a tropical area. It had that salty humid smell which makes you close your eyes, turn your face to the sun, take a deep breath and smile with joy:
So our first steps led to the Danube and than to the Devín Castle.
The Devín Castle is a beautiful open space with many courtyards and gorgeous views. It was like being on the top of the world.
You can see the Maiden Tower and the confluence of Danube and Morava rivers just behind it:
Then we took a boat ride to the centre of Bratislava.
It is not the most beautiful bridge in the world, but for some reasons I liked it. It is really charming, in some strange urban way.
After a boat ride and an extraordinary lunch (Builder is a gourmet and I am a hedonists) we walked through the Old Town of Bratislava and enjoyed ourselves.
It was one of the hottest day in that year. Wonderful day. And at the end of the day when we were waiting to our train home, tired and almost unable to move, I found out that I got sunburnt. But I did not mind. The day was unforgettable and pure relaxation.
As I have mentioned before, I think that the Bratislava charm can be called "urban". Even the historical centre of old town is wonderful and neat with all its beautiful small pubs and cafés, with its narrow streets and old buildings, you can still feel the urban reinforced concrete surroundings on one side and nature in its rawest form on the other side. Weird but very interesting combination. The city has its own personality and soul.