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In 2004, the EU saw its biggest enlargement to date when Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia joined the Union. We celebrate in Poland ten years of being the UE member. I had the opportunity of visiting all these countries (except Malta) in a few last years and I find amazing how much progress was done during this time. As a traveller, I appreciate always the freedom we have now to go wherever we want. The progress is not obvious. I visited also some countries that are not in UE - Ukraina with Crimea and Odessa, Georgia, Armenia are independent but still under Russian influence and I can see clearly difference. To go to these countries is for me like a trip back in time, as I remember well how it was in Poland many years ago.

I visited today Devin Castle.The castle stands just inside Slovak territory on the frontier between Slovakia (previously part of Czechoslovakia) and Austria. The border runs from west to east along the Morava River and subsequently the Danube. Prior to 1989, the Iron Curtain between the Eastern Bloc and the West ran just in front of the castle. Although the castle was open to the public, the area surrounding it constituted a restricted military zone, and was heavily fortified with watchtowers and barbed wire. After the Velvet Revolution the area was demilitarised. I have read somewhere that there were people flying with something on the other side of Danube just to go to the West.
How great is to live without Iron Curtain. I just can't believe that there are people who do not want it.

I had today glorious day (and it is not ended yet:))in Bratislava.It is delightful city, the historical monuments are so beautifully restored, the atmosphere is splendid and I was lucky with the weather. I felt very happy. Pity I will have no opportunity to show it. It is a photo taken at random from hundreds. And tomorrow I go to Spain..

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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5071 W: 81 N: 12931] (75143)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-05-10
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-05-10 7:58
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