We made three stops yesterday and were skunked on two. I think the towns were desperate to make something out of nothing so we just drove through and carried on until we reached #3 Nova Bystrica. This settlement has been restored and maintained and shows the extremely difficult conditions the people had to endure simply to survive. Given we have practically had to pay for the air you breath in Slovakia, we would have expected to pay for this venue but it was absolutely free. The icing on the cake was our arrival in Levoca. The village is like a postcard. The room in the hotel overlooks the village with a spectacular view of the cathedral and museum. It is a family run hotel and of course we met 2 of the family members and are meeting for drinks tonight. They mentioned that the south eastern part of Slovakia is very poor and not near as nice as the north west. It certainly appears that way from our standpoint.
It looks like we may be enjoying Slovakia a little more from here on.