Oravsky Podzamok Local Customs

  • SKODA  FABIA
    SKODA FABIA
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  • BASE  PART  OF  A  COTTAGE  WAS  MADE  OF  STONES
    BASE PART OF A COTTAGE WAS MADE ...
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  • WHAT  A  NICE  MESS
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    Flowers

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 19, 2003

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    FLOWERS

    Maybe it's not at all local custom of Oravsky Podzamok but the flowers looked very nice. And I was a little surprised to see flowers put outdoors in flower-boxes in October there. Hmm... a little cold weather for flowers that time, I thought.
    When you come from June or even late May to August expect to see many more flowers there.

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    Local direction signs

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 18, 2003

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    LOCAL  DIRECTION  SIGNS  BY  THE  PARKING

    There were a few direction signs put on tourist trails in Oravsky Podzamok. Hmm... all were exclusively in Slovak language but I could easy get to know what was written there: Informacie (information) and posta (post office). "K hradu" means to the castle. "Hrad" means castle in Slovak language.

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    Pay first for your restrooms/toilet

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 18, 2003

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    ON  TOILET/RESTROOM  DOOR

    We were looking for a toilet/restroom when we came back to the parking. And we found one at the back of a wooden building which housed a bar/pub close to the parking but the door was locked and we noticed the piece of paper on the door as on my picture.

    "Poplatok za WC je 5,- Sk" means: fee for toilet/restroom is 5 Sk. Hmm... go to the bar/pub, pay and take the key.
    Btw you could buy in Slovakia that time:
    36.3 Sk for $1
    42.9 Sk for 1 Euro
    9.47 Sk for 1 Polish zloty

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    No smoking :-), no barbecue :-(

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 8, 2003

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    ZAKAZ  FAJCIT

    Smoking is forbidden in the area of the castle including outdoors. We found this sign, on my picture, on the first gate to the lower castle. A little neglected sign looked almost as old as the castle hehe.

    Btw No smoking is ZAKAZ FAJCIT in Slovak language and it does mean no open fire as well. Hmm... outdoor barbecue and grilled small deer or wild pig eaten inside the castle lighted with candles and torches would be great, don't you think so?

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    Meet Benny :-)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 8, 2003

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    BENNY - WHY  ARE  YOU  BARKING?

    You can find a lot of dogs ususally leashed by doggy houses put around local homes. This dog on my picture was named Benny (is it Slovak name? hehe) and... was barking at me, didn't want to pose to my camera :-(. But he or she (I coudn't see it :- but Benny is a male name, right?) was very friendly anyway - ideal companion dog, I think.

    He looked like typical mountain dog of Polish breed called Polish Tatra Mountain Sheepdog (Polski Owczarek Podhalanski). They derive from nearby Tatra Mountains region - the highest mountains in Poland and Slovakia, located approx. 40 km (25 mi) west of Oravsky Podzamok.

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    Floods and local architecture

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 8, 2003

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    MOUNTAIN  RIVER  BED

    Orava river and mainly its tribuatary called Polhoranka, real mountain river (on my picture) flow through Oravsky Podzamok very close to the buildings. As always in mountainous areas with a lot of snow fall in winter time there is a risk of floods in spring when snow melts.

    This fact influenced local architecture, I think. Some houses has a ground floor raised above the ground level with strong base made of stones or cement.
    Look at deep Polhoranka river bed - it was strenthened with stone walls. I am not sure whether it's enough when tons of water flows down with great energy, maybe.

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    What a nice looking mess :-)))

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 8, 2003

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    WHAT  A  NICE  MESS

    Haha, sorry to put my camera into private properties, I couldn't resist. What a nice looking mess on my picture - typical around local houses. Difficult to find out say in Germany or Switzerland. Still easy to find out in countryside of Slovakia, Czech and Poland hehe.

    Look, locals use wood to heat their houses or/and to cook. Not so easy life there: they must chop wooden logs into smaller pieces with an axe. Relaxing leasure? Not at all if you must do it each day. Add removing snow at winter time. I noticed that some homes were ready for winter and saved a lot of wood. Notice that it's mountainous area where winter heating season usually starts in September and ends in May.

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    Doggy house

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 8, 2003

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    BENNY  AND  HIS  HOUSE

    Natives build or buy wooden doggy houses and put them by houses in Oravsky Podzamok. This one on my picture was located just by the river on the left side of a trail to a castle.

    Do they treat their dogss well? I don't know. Larger dogs demand larger houses than that one on my picture, I think. Hmm... they kept a dog on iron short lash. Shoudn't it be forbidden? Is it allowed by law (and socially acceptable) in your country/region?

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    Made of stones (against flood?)

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 7, 2003

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    BASE  PART  OF  A  COTTAGE  WAS  MADE  OF  STONES

    Oravsky Podzamok is not the best place in Slovakia to look at old, traditional wooden cottages. But there are a few ones including the building of Oravske Museum and casttle ticket office.

    Notice that old, wooden cottages had base part made of stones. Why? Maybe to protect the houses against floods which may happen there. Orava river and mainly its tribuatary called Polhoranka, real mountain river flow very close to the buildings.

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    Skoda - Czech cars

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 7, 2003

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    SKODA  FABIA

    It's rather Slovakia than Oravsky Podzamok local custom.
    There are a lot of Czech Skoda cars driving around in Slovakia. Notice that Czech and Slovakia were one country called Czechoslovakia till 1 January 1993. Skoda was the most popular car that time and it seems that still is. Nowadays the company belongs to German Volksvagen and the new Kvasiny plant, located in eastern Bohemia was built in 2002.

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    Selling cheese....

    by Kodi01 Written Nov 1, 2003

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    Slovakian cheese

    As we were driving to the Czech Republic, we saw people on the side of the streets.

    They were selling cheese. This is a picture of Matt buying some cheese from the Slovakian people.

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