It was not exactly leaf-peeping for the sake of leaf-peeping, but the smell of the leaves, the sun, the brisk weather and good company made for a perfect autumn day.
At first I thought we were at Kapušany because I forgot there were other castles closeby -- but in fact, we were at Šarišský hrad in Veľký Šariš. The walk was so pleasant, and the ruins of the castle were actually quite extensive. There is a group carrying out preservation and trying to keep the local tradition of shingle making alive there -- plus some goats! Seeing them and recently reading this article in the NYT, my dream of someday owning goats is in a period of rising fervor.
We went to the very top of the keep(?), which is where they filmed those scenes in Iné Svety, and it turned out that one of the people I was there with is the grandson of the folklorist guy in the film. He's 88, still writing and publishing books, and dancing.
From the top, you can see all of Prešov, all the way to Kapušany castle, all of Sabinov to the west, and 360° of beautiful mountains.