O is for Oldtown Bratislava
You know as soon as you see this edifice that you have reached Oldtown in Bratislava.
The famous silver statue welcoming tourists to Oldtown. There are miniature figurines of this avuncular-looking debonair.
This is also another landmark figure in Oldtown. Our city tour guide noted that this man is forever stuck here as he likes looking up women’s skirts. I wonder if there’s any truth to that.
The remote alleyways and arches do contribute to the quaint vibe of the place, with a touch of the sinister and the otherworldly. This is what I have in mind as I am reading about Oldtown in Book 4 of The Game of Thrones, A Feast for Crows. The book talks about cobblestones, arches, and deserted alleyways such as this one. Perfect fit.
There are a lot of restaurants, pubs, small coffee shops that are pretty reasonably-priced. During the weekend that we were there, we could hear a lot of drunken singing among men who are also watching the game on the television. If you want to find out what the people under the archway are looking at, see the photo below.
This functions as a unique compass that tells one how far Oldtown is from other cities around the globe.