Sojourn in Slovakia: The Sequel. Day 3: A Special Sunday: Part I

Sunday, June 17, 2012

After another breakfast at the hotel, the six of us walked to the main area of Vranov to attend Roman Catholic mass at 11:00 a.m. at the Bazilika Narodenia Panny Márie vo Vranove nad Toplou.

We arrived a bit late so had to stand outside to hear the mass.  It wasn’t so bad–a little humid but there was a breeze and we could hear just fine.  We went inside to take communion.  After the mass, we went back inside to take photographs.  What a beautiful church!

We then stopped for some zmrzlina (ice cream–actually it was more like gelato–but it’s one of the few Slovak words I remembered from my last trip–and, I admit, my favorite Slovak word–listen to the pronunciation here).  I bought the ice cream for us–I wanted to treat Robert and Jack as it was Father’s Day. We walked backed to the hotel to change and wait for Renata’s father to come pick us up because we were going to her parents’ house for the afternoon and then for a tour of Kučín so my cousin could see our grandfather’s birthplace for the first time.  I couldn’t wait to go back to the village again.

Photos by Lisa A. Alzo

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