"My Ancestral Home-Sweet-Home" Vlachovo by lmkluque
Vlachovo Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 9 photos
Welcome to my Vlachovo page!
Since VT has added the village of Vlachovo I will try to build a nice page to honor the town and to give information.
Many people in the U.S.A. have an avid interest in genealogy, wanting to trace their roots back to the "old country." Almost all of us do have roots in another country and somehow it is enlightening or reassuring when we discover from where we came.
In my case there are several "old countries" to discover and since I am half Slovak this is where I began my search.
The fact that Vlachovo was the last village both my paternal grandparents lived before venturing off to the "new world," might not be as interesting to you as the fact that when they came to this village, it was not called Vlachovo, nor was it in the country of Slovakia. It wasn't even Czechoslovakia when they were babies. The village was called Olaf Potak and it was situated in the Hungarian part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire!
Imagine, this unassuming village stood, while a great empire fell. It survived two world wars, including a time of occupation. It survived communism, the absence of communism and who knows what else?
Some of the buildings of Vlachovo may look old, battered and neglected, but inside the homes I found strength, love and great cheer!
After reading about Vlachovo, you may not want to rush to the travel agent to get there, but you may think about finding your own ancestral home, it can be for you as it was for me, an eye-opening, heart-warming experience.
I hope you enjoy your visit,
Today I received a phone call about my Vlachovo page. It seems that I've upset someone with the comments I've made.
"Unkind remarks about Vlachovo" was how it was put to me. I was surprised by this reaction because there was never an intention to be unkind as I wrote about Vlachovo. On the contrary, I wanted to convey a town full of wonderful people who went out of their way to show me a good time and helped me feel the connection I had in this part of the world.
So, I re-read my tips, with the upset person in mind, to see if I had said anything unkind. I do see now, how some of my comments might have created this up-set.
However, I'm not sure how to fix it.
I wrote honestly of my impressions and experiences of visiting my father's ancestral hometown. There is one thing I can change and I will, but until I've decided what to do, I hope anyone who reads this will know that the loving attention I experienced in Vlachovo was at the time a profound gift that still lives in my heart.
To those who take exception to what I've written, I sincerley apologize.
Normally I would not have decided to change anything on one of my pages as I've only written from my point of view as honestly as I could.
I know everyone can not be appeased and this is not my intention. After some days of thought on this I've reached a conclusion and am going to act upon it now.
When I visited this part of the world it was called Czechoslovakia, a Communist country basically under Soviet Rule and what I saw was partly due to the attitude of that regime. When the Velvet Revolution occured and Czechoslovakia became two countries, it was a difficult task for the citizens to adjust to a new system and in some ways a pretty scary future for many individuals.
Since that time improvements have been made and are continuing to be made. This is true about Vlachovo as well and you can see for yourself a side of this town that I didn't see at the time. I don't know if it was because I arrived during the winter time or for some other reason but if you want to experience traditional Slovak living take a look at this Official Vlachovo Website. See the town as it is now.
At the time of my visit, I thought there were no hotels or restaurants in Vlachovo. There may be one or more now, but even if there isn't you might want to spend a day here, especially when they have one of their festivals and have a unique experience for yourself.
- Pros:Ancestral Home
- Cons:It took so long to get there
- In a nutshell:A Quiet Place, Teeming With Life
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