Slovakia. Just to the south of the Polish border, Slovakia has the beautiful High Tatra mountain range. The ski areas are well developed, more so than Poland. We have traveled to Slovakia often and find it to be a friendly and very inexpensive location to explore.
Check out the photo with the loudspeaker on the telephone pole - they are ubiquitous reminders of the communist past - they were used to blast propaganda all through-out the country. You will see a hose standing alone along the road and there will be a speaker facing it. In one village we were in the local government took the infrastructure over and was playing classical music through the system on Saturday morning. Certainly better than a Stalinist message!
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