Get covered in hot mud.Why would you?

Jane’s personal review of a mud treatment at the Balnea spa at the Danubius Esplanade hotel. Mud is thicker than water. Considerably so, you discover, when it’s heated up and slapped over your bare flesh. Its unique sulphuric properties attract thousands to spas like this one in Slovakia, from around the world. So what actually … More Get covered in hot mud.Why would you?

Warming up in snowy Slovakia

It’s minus six today in Piestany, and few people are out on the snow packed pavements. The town’s “fashion” shops are so plentiful that proprietors are competing for custom; wriggling their garments of the day over mismatched mannequins–who are then manhandled outside to be headless, hapless greeters. One’s jacketed nonchalantly in understated beige. Steps away, a … More Warming up in snowy Slovakia

Medical tourism in Slovakia: a personal experience

I’ve always had small teeth. But in the 40-odd years that I’ve had my adult teeth, I’ve managed to wear them out a bit. Well. Quite a bit. And my dentist referred me to a restorative dentist in 2011. After much examination and photography, I was presented with a report (and a £150 bill) which … More Medical tourism in Slovakia: a personal experience

Review: Danubius Health Spa Resort – Esplanade, Piestany, Slovakia

Introduction: Time of year: January 2017 – minus five degrees during the day, with snow on the ground. Purpose of trip: Nigel had decided to partake in some ‘health tourism’ in Slovakia as he needed some heavy duty dental treatment. We thought that we’d make a break out of it, as there needed to be … More Review: Danubius Health Spa Resort – Esplanade, Piestany, Slovakia

Midge and Mozart: musical notes for our wintry mini-break.

OK….what links Mozart, Schubert, Strauss…and Midge Ure? Answer: our next destination. Midge, as part of Ultravox, memorably sang about this beautiful city. The other three, along with Beethoven, lived there. Its rich, classical music heritage is, we’ve heard, just a part of what’s earned Vienna the unofficial title of Europe’s cultural capital. Add to that … More Midge and Mozart: musical notes for our wintry mini-break.