We jetted out on the 15th from London Luton via Wizz Air which was relatively easy and we arrived in Kosice about half five in the evening. The taxi ride took us through the city and up some dark and winding roads out into the middle of the forest where our hotel was. It was quite a magical location. We were given glasses of champagne on arrival and shown to our room, which was wonderful, a huge suite with a window overlooking the forest and curtains that pulled across the windows and over the bed like a canopy.
We went down for our three course meal not long after arriving. I am a bit of a cheese-aholic and couldn't help but choose their 'fried cheese and chips', which came out like two whole blocks of cheddar encased in breadcrumbs! It was amazing but I must admit I could only finish one (although I saved a bit of room for cheesecake for dessert!)
The next day we went into the city to explore. I love the excitement of exploring an unknown city; ambling up alleyways not knowing what's at the end, reading maps, following your noses to find a lunch-spot... We made like proper tourists and went into the tourist information for a map and a guide as to what to see. It's a really interesting city, with industrial style buildings interspersed with beautiful architecture, churches and palaces.
I have always really enjoyed 'interesting' looking buildings - graffiti, peeling paint, interesting posters and advertisements, textures and colours. I put my photos up on Facebook and someone commented that Kosice looked like a bit of a 'hole' but I promise it's not! There are lots of beautiful buildings and tourist spots, I've just always preferred capturing slightly different things than your typical postcard/chocolate box type shots.
Have you been to Slovakia or other countries in Eastern Europe? Where else would you recommend visiting? I've bought a Lonely Planet 'Europe on a Shoestring' book and I can't wait to tick some more countries off the list!