Sunday, June 13, 2004
We enjoy a good breakfast - continental style buffet with a good selection. (Every hotel
we stay at during this tour we get a similarly good choice.)
We head off to the railway station to get our rail tickets organised for
our next stop, Ptuj. (£11:30 ea)
Shops don't open on Sunday. I need a light,
easy to carry rain coat! I've had enough of this "getting wet" novelty.
The city is quiet, other than the church bells. There are smartly dressed folk busy on their way to
worship, no tourists. The place is fairly well shut up, other than the churches.
Finally we find an open coffee shop. We're drenched - I need to change
back at the hotel.
A trip in the lift to the 13th floor is interesting.
This floor is obviously being refurbished from scratch. All the interior
walls have been demolished, rubble everywhere!
catch the train to Ptuj. This is the first train journey of our holiday.
An immediate observation is how much wider the carriages are. The
railway gauge is the same as the UK, but the distance between tracks is
wider. (Loading gauge, apparently.) This means more room, and that means more comfort.
train takes us to Ptuj, an old medieval
town in north-eastern Slovenia.
A short walk to the centre, passing by the Town Tower, and we book a
hotel on the main high street.
Apparently real travellers don't use taxis to transport themselves from
railway stations to hotels. (There is so much I have to learn!)
Drava is in spate, flowing strongly with the recent rain.
Matthew and I enjoy a fish
course at a German speaking restaurant by the foot bridge crossing the river.
We retire to the hotel bar for
some pleasant Union beer.
All images © N G Hubbard June 2004