The magic of the present: Gaderská dolina

The valley in Veľká Fatra is home to amazing flora and fauna.

Blatnica CastleBlatnica Castle(Source: One2We)

In 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Alva Edison was born as the seventh and last child of Samuel Ogden Edison Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott.

Several year later, he grew up to be America's greatest inventor. He developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb and much more.

He invented the motion picture - a 35mm wide strip of perforated film still used even 100 years later - in 1889.

The first movie, held in front of an audience of 200 people in Paris by the Lumières, was Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat in 1895.

The first Slovak full-length feature movie was Jaroslav Siakeľ's Jánošík of 1921.

This black-and-white silent film was filmed in Blatnica, the birthplace of Jaroslav Siakeľ, who immigrated to the United States in 1912 at the age of 16.

A gate to Gaderská valley

Blatnica is a picturesque village with colourful traditional houses with arches located in the Turiec Region, on a foothill of the Veľká Fatra Mountains.

It serves as a gate to the marvelous 18km long Gaderská dolina valley and to the 8km long Blatnická dolina valley.

And it's home to amazing flora and fauna!

Let's admire imperial deer, wild boar, mountain goats floating like feathers from stone to stone, clumsy bears and majestic eagles observing from above.

Let's wander, enraptured, among an endless sea of yellow-cypripedium, which will carpet our way.

Harken to birds singing, rivers burbling, horses neighing, sheep bells ringing. Or just to the silence.

Next to visit: Blatnica Castle

Let the forest path lead you to the bizarre rock formation named the Devil's Gate or Rocky Window to experience the smell of freedom and inspiration.

The next forest path will lead you to the old castle ruins of Blatnica Castle. In its interior, the voice of František Révay, ancient lord of this region, will speak to you.

Suddenly you won't know if you are dreaming or enchanted by the sharp taste of Bošácka slivovica from the local distillery.

It's a magical place. There are no rules here; it is simply a place you can try to accomplish something, exactly as Thomas Alva Edison said.

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