Taking a Step Back in Time

Courtesy of SLOVAK NATIONAL THEATER

Beyond the occasional glance at my watch, I've never given too much thought to clocks. But on a recent visit to Bratislava — the capital of Slovakia, located on the River Danube near the country's western border — I found myself surrounded by the things in a tiny yellow Rococo house nestled just beneath the city's castle. The building, so compact that visitors must walk sideways in its stairwells, houses the Clock Museum — a collection of timepieces that the brochure promised I would find both worthwhile and beautiful. Faced with rainy weather and a couple of hours to kill, I...

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