Last year I asked wryly whether Cachtice is the only place in the world that welcomes tourists by whacking their bottoms. The answer turns out to be, no: it goes on all over Slovakia!
This naughty girl is on a traditional Slovakian device known as the deres. The word translates loosely as rack, but it’s not used for stretching people…
All torture is awful, of course, but there seems to be no shortage of willing lady tourists ready to put themselves on the deres, and thereby put their derrieres in danger. Traveling eastward from Cachtice, we arrive at the Klenovska Rontouka folklore festival in Klenovek, to find…
And eastward again takes us to in the 18th-century prison dungeons beneath the town museum of Spisske:
Not to mention the torture chamber of nearby Spis Castle:
This is all in fun, of course… but sometimes the guys look as if they mean business:
And occasionally, it seems, they really do: