Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskOwner of award-winning travel agency: some tourists did not expect internet connection in SlovakiaMany tourists head to Slovakia because of mountain peaks and national parks. Erik Ševčík founded a travel agency that specialises in adventures in nature. Lately, his effort has caught the attention of Luxury Travel Guide and his business winning an award as Adventure Tour Operator of 2017.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:40:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702722/owner-of-award-winning-travel-agency-some-tourists-did-not-expect-internet-connection-in-slovakia.htmlGo east for real morality, Jean-Marc Barr saysThe French American actor/director, who plays in a Slovak co-production film, said during a recent visit to Bratislava that eastern Europe, and other eastern countries still have what America has already and what western Europe is losing: the morality of art.Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700284/go-east-jean-marc-barr-says.htmlHoliday season starts, Christmas markets openThis weekend, two of the biggest Christmas markets in the Slovak capital will open to visitors.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:58:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702064/holiday-season-starts-christmas-markets-open.htmlNew centre to open in JasnáThere will be new services added and the centre will become a visible landmark for better orienting.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:46:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20701630/new-centre-to-open-in-jasna.htmlGilden: Take the negative and make a positive from itThe works of New York native, photographer Bruce Gilden, who has worked for five decades in the streets of the biggest cities, are on exhibit in the Kunsthalle (House of Arts) in Bratislava within the Month of Photography 2017.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:25:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700390/iconic-us-photographer-at-month-of-photography-bratislava-2017.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 24 and December 3, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:38:44 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699493/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlPieniny National Park celebrates a special anniversaryThe smallest national park in Slovakia was officially opened in 1967.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:56:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700840/pieniny-national-park-celebrates-a-special-anniversary.htmlSlovak movie The Line got main prize at Arras festivalThe film, which has been nominated to represent Slovakia at the Oscars, has had a successful festival life from the very beginning, as this is already the third award.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700331/slovak-movie-the-line-got-main-prize-at-arras-festival.htmlThe Dolina Čergova micro-region invests in religious tourismSlovak-Polish cooperation will lead to a micro-museum with dozens of wooden church replicas.Mon, 20 Nov 2017 13:55:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20699997/the-dolina-cergova-micro-region-invests-in-religious-tourism.htmlArchaeologists theorize found body is shamanResearching under the transport infrastructure for future Jaguar Land Rover reveals new archaeological secrets.Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:52:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697218/archaeologists-theorize-found-body-is-shaman.htmlBlog: Four things that cannot be missed in the High Tatras this winterReady for snow and ice? Here are some tips that will make your winter trip to the Slovak mountains the coolest yet.Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695831/blog-four-things-that-cant-be-missed-in-the-high-tatras-this-winter.htmlReturning elk to Slovak nature slows downBear killed female elk.Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:55:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697213/returning-elk-to-slovak-nature-slows-down.htmlDo you hear clinking? Bats are aroundBats are closer to people than we realize.Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697189/do-you-hear-clinking-bats-are-around.htmlVisit wine cellarsThe tour around Small Carpathian cellars offers not only wine tasting, but also a rich additional programme.Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:48:58 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697724/visit-wine-cellars.htmlGive poetry a chance....The Ars Poetica 2017 festival offers foreign guests as well as local bards, with authors from the UK, Australia/Greece and Nigeria among them.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:49:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20697309/give-poetry-a-chance.htmlArtificial snowmaking has been begun in several areas in SlovakiaSeveral ski resorts have already started artificial snowmaking in mid-November although the real start of ski season is expected by mid-December.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:02:48 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696859/artificial-snowmaking-has-been-begun-in-several-areas-in-slovakia.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 17 and November 26, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:48:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695520/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlLiptovský Mikuláš voted Slovakia’s best townThe town in northern Slovakia, close to the Low Tatras, won the ninth edition of a competition in which the public votes for the best village or town.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:32:11 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695891/liptovsky-mikulas-voted-slovakias-best-town.htmlRussian chess legend Karpov to attend Bratislava’s Xmas tournamentHe promised to play a game against the winner of Bratislava’s chess tournamentMon, 13 Nov 2017 21:56:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20695591/russian-chess-legend-karpov-to-attend-bratislavas-xmas-tournament.htmlYoung Slovak travels thousands of kilometres to show beauty of Slovak mountainsAbout 16,000 photos are used in videos.Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692779/young-slovak-travels-thousands-of-kilometres-to-show-beauty-of-slovak-mountains.htmlNew type of tulip from the Netherlands decorates Presidential PalaceThe tulips are special because of their colour, but what colour is surprise that will be seen in the spring.Sat, 11 Nov 2017 07:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692290/new-type-of-tulip-from-netherlands-decorates-presidential-palace.htmlFestival of contemporary music shows outstanding featsThe Melos-Étos festival of contemporary music brings musical pieces to Slovakia that you normally don’t hear or see.Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:07:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693469/festival-of-contemporary-music-shows-outstanding-feats.htmlBlatnický castle is changing and luring touristsThanks to workers, the pride of the Gaderská valley is vital again.Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692293/blatnicky-castle-is-changing-and-luring-tourists.htmlGrammy nominee to play in Slovak jazz clubUS-Colombian e-bassist and composer with a life story resembling a novel, known as Snow Owl, will give a gig in Slovakia.Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:57:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693160/grammy-nominee-to-play-in-slovak-jazz-club.htmlSt Martin’s festival to perk up Bratislava’s Old Town at weekendThe festival will offer the best of this year’s wines from the boroughs of Rača, Nové Mesto, Vajnory and DevínThu, 09 Nov 2017 22:20:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20693107/st-martins-festival-to-perk-up-bratislavas-old-town-at-weekend.htmlPub quiz: Take your friends, order drinks and put your heads togetherEnglish pub quizzes found in Bratislava too.Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:35:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20692251/pub-quiz-take-your-friends-order-drinks-and-put-your-heads-together.htmlBratislava has starred in several films playing Vienna, Sarajevo or New YorkA tour will show which parts of Bratislava have served as film locationsThu, 09 Nov 2017 07:06:47 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691454/bratislava-has-starred-in-several-films-sometimes-playing-vienna-sarajevo-or-new-york.htmlIn Belianske Tatry ski resort new chairlift is testedA new four-chair ski lift will hopefully help increase the number of visitors.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:05:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691668/new-chairlift-tested-in-belianske-tatry-ski-resort.htmlGrammy laureate will perform at Slovak clubsThe tour, part of the autumn edition of the One Day Jazz Festival starting on November 8, brings US musician to five venues in four Slovak cities.Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:00:51 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20691619/one-day-jazz-fest-brings-grammy-laureate-to-slovak-clubs.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 10 and November 19, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:40:12 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690299/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.html8 Tips for IFF BratislavaA variety of interesting and award-winning films await audiences at the International Film Festival Bratislava, including these insider tips from organisers.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:50:16 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20687989/8-tips-for-iff-bratislava.htmlVia ferrata in the Kyseľ gorge closes for winterThe difficult hike for connoisseurs and experienced tourists will re-open in mid-June.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:40:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20690911/via-ferrata-in-the-kysel-gorge-closes-for-winter.htmlSlovak Press Photo promotes optimism in a non-traditional pictureThe winner of the journalistic photographs’ competition is not journalistic in stricter sense, professionals argued.Tue, 07 Nov 2017 06:45:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20687952/slovak-press-photo-promotes-optimism-in-a-non-traditional-picture.htmlMichelin restaurant in Marseille will serve Slovak wineTwo other restaurants in Strasbourg are interested as well.Sun, 05 Nov 2017 06:40:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686918/restaurant-in-marseille-will-serve-slovak-wine.htmlSlovak Bible gets design OscarMore than 8,000 design projects from 50 countries applied to the Red Dot Awards contest this year.Sat, 04 Nov 2017 07:10:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686846/slovak-bible-gets-design-oscar.htmlJames Judd: Whether it is orchestral music, jazz or rock – music is musicAn interview with the new principal conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic, in which he invites the Slovak audience to take more responsibility.Fri, 03 Nov 2017 13:33:21 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20687095/james-judd-whether-it-is-orchestral-music-jazz-or-rock-music-is-music.htmlSlovak tree of the year: 120 year-old apple treeThe apple tree will represent Slovakia in the contest European Tree of the Year.Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686687/slovak-tree-of-the-year-120-year-old-apple-tree.htmlGallery offers insight into functions of religious art in EnglishGothic and Baroque art pieces will tell the story of the mystical lives of various saints and their significanceThu, 02 Nov 2017 20:47:59 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686217/gallery-offers-insight-into-functions-of-religious-art-in-english.htmlWalking in the sky in BratislavaThose courageous enough can try walking a narrow window board around the SNP bridge's UFO restaurant at a height of 82 metresThu, 02 Nov 2017 11:17:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20686286/walking-in-the-sky-in-bratislava.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between November 3 and November 12, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Thu, 02 Nov 2017 10:37:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20684070/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.html