This statue is very interesting for me as I always walk around with at least one camera and take many pictures (maybe now everybody clicks with the digital camera but I'm doing this since I had to take dozens of negative 35mm rolls to the lab and print on paper - the hard way back then).
The statue depicts a man - with a hat of course - taking a picture with a big lens camera. The photographer is half behind the corner of the building - great!
This was the cleverest statue I have seen so far. Looks like a guy just came up from the sewer hole and he is just browsing at passers by. His hat is funny, with a small bump in the middle, and his face is funny too. The sewer hole cap (plate) is there, I think it's an actually sewer hole and they placed the sculpture there.
More difficult to take pictures with because you have to kneel or something to be at his level :) Bratislavians must laugh at all those tourists getting down on the pavement to have pictures taken with this statue :)
This statue is on a street you will surely take walking away from the main square. This is another statue inviting you to take a picture with. The smiling black tie gentleman is keeping his tall hat away with his hand so an average height person can fit right under that for the picture :)
You tell me you've been to Bratislava or will be there and resist not taking a picture under his hat :)
Favorite thing: This is the first statue you will probably notice and take picture with. It is in the main square so you can't miss it. It stands behind a bench, inviting you to sit and get your friends to take a funny pictures of you with "Napoleon" :)
There are many statues in Bratislava, some serious and some not.
In namestie [square] SNP are three statues - a cloaked man and two women, in dramatic poses. Only from the front did we find that the man was brandishing a machine gun. This is the “Angry Family”, a monument to the anti-Fascist uprising which gives the square its name. Apparently, huge crowds assembled here in late 1989 for the collapse of Communism, and Slovak nationalists also gathered here in 1992 before the “Velvet Divorce” of the Czech and Slovak Republics.
On a lighter note, a Frenchman with a disturbing resemblance to Napoleon leans nonchalantly on a park bench in Hlavne namestie, the main tourist square. Elsewhere in the Old Town are The Photographer, a paparazzo forever frozen in the act of waiting for that perfect picture – he is cunningly hidden behind a pot plant – and The Peeper, a helmeted man peering out from under a manhole on Panska.
I don't know what this building looks like in 2006 as I am writing this, maybe it's no longer there. But two years ago when I visited, it was in total decay but... very interesting! Some artists painted lots of pictures and installed them in this ruin's windows for a brilliant contrasting effect. Check some close-up pictures in my travelogue.
This is in Rudnayovo Namestie, next to St. Martin's Cathedral if approached from Panska St.
This website is really excellent and there are tons of photos to motivate you to come down here. ;)) So, check out the Bratislava sections and also ULUV Crafts, there can be seen our local folk art.
I hope I will be able to prepare such great page myself soon.
This is the place where you can have delicious hot or cold chocolate or just buy some bonbons...
They offer many types of chocolate, e. g. hot chocolate with chilli or with coconut or with many kinds of liquers...
It's not a pudding but a real chocolate. it's the only place in Bratislava where they offer "real" chocolate.
Fondest memory: That taste will make you want more and more...:)
If you want to taste it, go to Michalska street and look around:)
If you visit Bratislava during the winter, you shouldn't forget to see skating ring on Hviezdoslavovo namestie. It's placed in front of the Slovak national theatre evey year and there is really nice atmosphere there.
If you don't want to skate, you can simply bus a cup of tea with rum and watch people falling on the skating ring:)
Favorite thing: Cumil the man sticking his head out of a manhole on the corner of Pánska and Rybárska. Many people say that he has been hiding in the sewers while the city was bombed during Wold War II. Now the war is over and it explains his satisfied smile. Or is he simply happy to looking up the skirts of young ladies in Bratislava?
Favorite thing: Just up the street before Hlavné námestie (Main Square) is another statue, this one of a goateed, smiling man waving his top hat. This is Schöne Nazi, which means "Handsome Ignatius". He was a real person who was locally famous for strolling the Korzo (a promenade stretching from Michalská brána to Hviezdoslav Square). He appears quite friendly and jolly, but he was actually somewhat disturbed because of a trauma he experienced. He had a fiancée before German troops came in World War II, but the fiancée was deported to a Nazi Concentration Camp where she died. He never recovered mentally from this and he never married. He just strolled the Korzo and smiled and ate his cake in the shops, and then died completely forgotten.
Fondest memory: I was in Bratislava about three weeks before Christmas and there was a nice atmosphere. There was a Christmas market in the centre where you could buy gluhwein, hamburgers and saucises and X-mass stuff.
The good looking people and their smiles :-)
Fondest memory: Drinking a capuccino with chocolate cake in Angelov, the day I met Lutzia, Lubos and Pepino...