Following breakfast we stroll through town to Grassalkovich Palace which is the residence of the president of Slovakia. There are barriers setup, a military band, other military units and a large press group all inside the gates. A group of onlookers three or four deep extends around the barriers. Everyone is waiting for something to occur. We stand around for a bit, but decide not to wait since we don't know when something will happen.
We stroll a little further, taking a rest in a city park before returning to the Old Town and what we have planned as our third stop, the Nedbalka Art Gallery. The Nedbalka focuses on Slovak 20th century and contemporary art. The four floors hold 120 - 150 pieces. We are handed an iPad with notes about the pieces and informed that our admission fee includes a beverage in the second floor coffee shop. We make our way from the top down. The art pieces are interesting, though most are not what I'd hang in my house, not really appreciating a great deal of contemporary art.
Following a relaxing coffee and tea in cushy chairs we leave the gallery. We walk up to the salesman for the small trams which offer tours. We think we'll sit back, relax and learn more about Bratislava as the vehicle takes us through town and up to the castle and back. Double Drat! They are not able to offer that tour due to the road closures caused by President Macron's visit.
Gathering our backpacks, walking to the train station and catching our train to Budapest goes without issue other than the usual anxiety about finding the right track and the right car. We are very tired when we arrive in our Budapest apartment. I glance at the walking app on my phone and see 14,086 steps, 5.3 miles for today. No wonder we're tired!