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    • Day 9

      Day 9 - Spa Day in Budapest

      March 7 in Hungary ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

      It was a leisurely start to the day following a shower & breakfast, we departed the hotel at 10.00 hours. We all sat in the same seats on the magic bus and we arrived at our B&B Hotel in Budapest just over 3 hours later. During the journey the inevitable question came up about what the 6 of us in the back did for a living. 4 of us were in IT, Lee is a jeweller and watchrepairer & it eventually came to me. When I revealed I was a retired copper, actually detective, I got a very positive response.

      After lots of faffing around, six of us decided to the go to the a spa in Budapest, something which Budapest is famous for. Our group consisted of Jack, the Americans Lex and Ramon, Priscilla and a German lady, Ulrike from the other bus. It was 30 minutes ride on a tram and the metro to Széchenyi Bath, which to use we had to download an app. Jack and Lex managed to download the app and log in, whilst the rest of us failed, so lex offered to pay for our tickets on his app. Ideal.

      We travelled on the tram alongside the River Danube, then alighted and walked a short distance before entering the world’s 2nd earliest underground railway. It is 2nd only to London, but is the 1st electrified underground railway system. We got off the train at our stop & were stopped by the guards and asked for proof of payment. Lex got out his app, but it was established that he hadn’t activated his app at the beginning of the journey. We were each fined €30. Great start.

      The Széchenyi Medicinal Bath in Budapest is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Its water is supplied by two thermal springs, their temperature is 74 °C and 77 °C, respectively. Built between 1909 and 1913, the exceptionally beautiful Szechenyi Thermal Spa is the most famous spa in Budapest. The hot spring water is rich in calcium, magnesium, hydrogen carbonate, sodium and sulfate, fluoride and metaboric acid. It is mainly used for medical treatments of inflammatory diseases and joint complaints. Over the years, the charming thermal bath was constantly renewed and expanded. Today there are 15 indoor swimming pools in the interior of the Szechenyi Bath, and in the beautiful outdoor area you will find another 3 large pools.

      We paid our entrance fee of €28, then an additional €11 for a pair of flip flops that were mandatory. I can’t even walk in flip flops!!! We got changed into our swimmers and spent the next couple of hours wallowing in the hot thermal outdoor pool, the numerous different saunas, hot pools of varying temperatures and the freezing plunge pools. Although busy with both locals and tourists, it was a very pleasant experience. Gone 5.30pm, when we headed back to the hotel.

      On the journey back, Jack and I were chatting and he revealed that he was a contractor for a company and he may be losing his current job later this year. He also asked me what I did & after, he went on to reveal that amongst the usual NMA crowd were 2 Police traffic officers & a girl who is a Derbyshire 999 operator regularly seen on the TV programme ‘Police Interceptors’.

      We were planning to go back out to eat, but time was pushing on. We eventually decided to eat in the hotel. I had the Hungarian pork stew and a pint of beer.

      It was raining when we left the hotel for the 15- 20 minute walk to the A38 venue which is actually on a boat on the River Danube. A lady called Alex from Vienna offered to shelter me under her umbrella during the walk. It turned out talking to her, that Alex was on the guest list, because she was friends with some of the members of the band. It transpired that one of her best friends used to go out with Nelson who was a guitarist with NMA for 22 years, leaving in 2012 for personal reasons (too much touring). Apparently that’s why most of the band have left over the years. It was an interesting chat & great insight into the workings of the band.

      The support band, Aznincs, were not my cup of tea and so I sat down with the others in the bar area.

      NMA came on at the scheduled time and it was clear that Justin’s voice was failing him a little bit which he acknowledged, however during the performance his voice returned. According to my source in the know, the drummer, Michael Dean, is suffering with a shoulder problem & is having to take lots of painkillers before each gig. Fingers crossed for the rest of the tour.

      I stayed a couple of rows back with Lee, who has mild MS. I’m glad I did, because it was a particularly lively one in the mosh pit. Jack did his usual thing - not with any help from me. The encore was No Rest, High & Get Me Out. Another great performance.

      After the obligatory photo, we hurried back to the hotel and bed in anticipation of an early start tomorrow.

      Song of the Day - The Voice by Ultravox

      NMA Song of the Day - Rivers by New Model Army.
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    • Day 14

      Day 14

      June 13, 2023 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Today we arrived in Budapest, we had the morning at the local Markets which were amazing. Our tour started at 1.30 and we got to see both sides of the city, Buda & Pest and them we went to a piano recital at the institute for the blind. This was not my sort of music but it is nice that scenic supports the institute. Back on the boat we had a Hungarian folk band and dances, it was very entertaining. Then after dinner we sat on the sundeck as we cruised around Budapest and enjoyed the lights of the city. Tomorrow is an early start as we need to have our bags outside our doors by 8.30 and our shuttle to the hotel is at 10.00.Read more

    • Day 27

      Retour à Lyon

      June 29, 2023 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      C'est la fin de ce long voyage. Après 6 km dans Budapest , le long du Danube, nous rejoignons notre Flixbus pour un voyage de 22 heures qui nous amènera à Lyon le lendemain à 9 heures du matin. En fait moins pénible que 22 heures d'avion: sièges plus spacieux, moins bruyant, des arrêts pour se dégourdir les jambes, internet en permanence et pas de décalage horaire.
      Tout se passait donc bien sauf que pour le trajet de nuit nous avons eu 4 serbes juste derrière nous, parlant et rigolant toute la nuit, mangeant des sandwichs qui puaient l'ail à 10 mètres... des rustres imbéciles impossibles à raisonner. Heureusement nous aurons une journée de récupération chez Dominique, le frère d'Anne qui habite Lyon.
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    • Day 15

      Jour 15 : Budapest

      December 30, 2019 in Hungary ⋅ ☀️ 1 °C

      Aujourd'hui nous nous baladons sur une digue réhabilité pour accueillir une multitude de restaurants. L'ensemble est au milieu d'un parc récent et le temps est parfait pour la marche. Après une pause pizza, on se dirige vers Andrassy Avenue, les "Champs Élysée" de Buda, en largement plus petit, qui débouche sur la place des héros. A côté se trouve le parc Városliget où un splendide château se tient au milieu, entourée de douves. L'architecture mêle plein de styles différents et est assez étrange au final. Juste à côté se trouve une gigantesque patinoire ! Enfin direction le Morison's, où on profite largement du plateau de 10 pintes à 5€ pour jouer au bière-pong et enchaîner sur la soirée techno de la boîte.Read more

    • Day 8

      Snackspot Tag 8

      August 29, 2022 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Nachdem wir den ganzen Vormittag nochmal die Stadt erkundet haben, endlich auf der Suche nach einem Magneten fündig wurden und uns bei Aldi noch Snacks für die Fahrt gekauft haben, fahren wir an eine kleine Abzweigung der Donau um unseren Joghurt zu löffeln und uns auszuruhen. Strand war ganz schön, Restaurant Veranda bekommt fürs kostenlose WLAN und den Toilettenbesuch einen Daumen hoch und unterhaltsam wars durch die Shootings auch nochRead more

    • Day 19

      Morning walk along the Danube

      September 23, 2022 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      A walk along the the banks of the Danube towards the Central Market Hall. Many statues and street art along the way. The Market Hall was a lively place to walk around with stalls on two levels. Paprika, peppers and meats a specialty! Walk over the Elizabeth Bridge for views of Buda and Pest on the sides of the Danube.PestRead more

    • Day 3

      Zwack Unicum

      June 24, 2023 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      Als ich einige Monate vor der Reise mein Hotel auswählte recherchierte ich ein wenig, was man in der Umgebung so unternehmen könnte. Dabei stieß ich auf „Zwack Unicum“, einem ungarischen Kräuterschnaps-Hersteller, der Werksführungen anbietet (…).
      So kam es, dass ich bei 34 Grad und auf quasi nüchternen Magen eine Besichtigung der heiligen Hallen dieses Familienbetriebs genoss – inklusiver mehrere Kostproben des wohltuenden Trunks.
      Der Betrieb hat eine bewegte und beeindruckende Geschichte. So wurde das Unternehmen - wie so viele andere auch - während der Sowjetzeit enteignet bzw. verstaatlicht. Es gelang der Familie Zwack mit Unterstützung von Unterberger (ja, dem deutschen Kräuterschnaps-Hersteller) jedoch nach dem Zusammenbruch der ehemaligen Sowjetunion den Betrieb zurück zu erwerben. Die Familie schaffte es nach der Enteignung, dass das Rezept für den „echten“ Unicum nicht in die Hände der damaligen Regierung gelangte, weshalb der Schnaps zu jener Zeit nur wenig mit dem heutigen Geschmack gemeinsam hatte - so sagt man dort.
      Eine tolle Tour, die ich weiterempfehlen kann. Jedoch brauchte ich danach erst mal ein Stündchen zum Ausnüchtern in meinem klimatisierten Hotelzimmer…
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    • Day 3

      Hungarian Rhapsody @Zwack

      June 24, 2023 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Im Rahmen der Führung durch die Fabrik wurden wir auch auf eine Veranstaltung aufmerksam gemacht, die am Abend stattfinden sollte: Den Auftritt einiger Künstler, unter anderem der Queen-Cover-Band „Hungarian Rhapsody“. Ein Auftritt, den ich mir eigentlich nicht entgehen lassen durfte. Auch wenn das bedeutete, dass ich am Abend nochmals Eintritt für das gleiche Museum zahlen musste. Aber ich muss sagen, das war es wert. Ein Auszug aus deren Repertoire kann man sich auf Youtube ansehen ( more

    • Day 13

      Brati to Buda : day 12

      July 27, 2022 in Hungary ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Spostamento verso budapest
      Mattina :
      Spesa al super
      Treno in mattinata fino al pome tardi
      Carro bestiame
      Fuori buda = secondo danno :
      Treno guasto ma si conosce gente simpatica
      Serata : Arrivo a buda centro
      Cena a base di gulash in taverna sul Danubio .
      Stradone verso l'ostello degli orrori .
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    • Day 2

      Ensimmäinen kisapäivä

      August 19, 2023 in Hungary ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

      Aamupalan jälkeen oli tarkoitus lähteä katsomaan miesten 20km kilpakävelyä, mutta sillin alkoi rankkasade, jonka vuoksi kävelykisan alkua siirrettiin 2 tuntia eteenpäin, ja niinpä minulta jäi kävelykisa katsomatta. Sateen heiketessä lähdin kävelemään stadionille (3km) sadeviitta ylläni.
      Saga Vanninen jäi 100m aidoissa parhaastaan lähes 0,3s ja Topi Raitasen estejuoksu meni ihan persiilleen, joten eipä alkanut kisa kovinkaan hyvin.
      Lummin Aku Partanen onnistui kuitekin 20km kävelyssä super hyvin - kuudes sija uudella Suomen ennätyksellä on hieno saavutus.
      Sekä naisten kymppi että 4x400m sekaviesti saivat kaatumisten seurauksena dramaattisen lopun ja miesten kuulafinaalin tulostaso oli huippu.
      Kisan jälkeen hotellin koisimaan.
      Päivän aikana tuli käveltyä 13,4km
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