Die Sonne im Rücken/Den Balkan im BlickAugust 23, 2019 in Slovakia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C
Auf gehts Richtung Budapest!
Auf gehts Richtung Budapest!
Left Slovakia again and headed back to Hungary.
The cycle paths weren't as new and well maintained and the one we rode on yesterday, but at least we were on a path of sorts and off the main road.
We rode past fields of sunflowers and wheat and many derelict old buildings and factories on our way to Esztergom. Oh and about 500 Suzuki's on trains and trucks ....
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Adalbert also known as the Esztergom Basilica is visible from at least 3km away. This is the head of the Catholic Church in Hungary.
Tomorrow we head for Budapest on the last day of the 12 day cycle trip.Read more
We headed for the flea market this morning for some free shopping time. However, with a concert later in the day, we had to pack the instruments and uniforms onto the bus with us. The flea market was great with lots of local fresh produce downstairs, including souvenir paprika which we bought. Upstairs were some great bargains, the usual tourist stuff a la paddies,but also lots of locally made linen and so on.
We stopped at a crowded food stall and wondered whether they had ever actually made coffee before. Back on the coach, we headed for Dorog where we had lunch in Grante Etterem. The tables were arranged very much like wedding tables. We had some lovely potato soup for entree, then a second course of pea soup with a schnitzel on the side, with some sort of tossed bun with poppy seeds.
Passing Esztergom, we drove across the Danube in to Slovakia (Sturovo). Because of the rain, we had a problem in that the location of the concert was being used by some folk whose concert was originally supposed to be outside, delaying our changing and rehearsal. We were taken to a separate venue for a quick rehearsal and tune before going back to the Culture House. We mooched around a bit, and eventually got into the place. There were people dressed in majestic regalia, like mayoral robes for a 'wine knights' event. A couple of people were presented with some sort of certificate, and one wore a sash for 2015. Maybe some sort of promotional awards? We couldn't work it out.
The second concert went well. The audience was again appreciative, and we had learned how to handle the encores without doing 6 of them! However, when we got back on the bus we found out that it had no power, so we walked down to the restaurant El Camino, I suppose about a kilometer away. Actually a bit of walking was a great idea after all the heavy food and bus travel.
We sort of thought we might get some Spanish food, but Hungarian traditional seems to be the choice made for us - schnitzel, potatoes and pickles. At some stage during dinner, Bill had a brain snap and started telling Judith off when she tried to tell him not to tidy up the empty plates. It was a little unpleasant and uncharacteristic, and we were later told, possibly incorrectly, that she was taking photos of him eating with the wrong teeth! Not sure that we can still blame jet lag!Read more
Well what another beautiful place. .and so much history. It is very moving when you are told so many stories about the war and communism as it was here for years...Budapest is actually split by the river and one side is called Buda and the other pest...and they don't really like each other...
Vor den Bergetappen hatten wir ja anfangs noch einiges an Respekt, aber jetzt, wo wir die Berge hinter uns lassen, sind wir fast etwas wehmütig. Aber auch die hügelige Landschaft im Süden der Slowakei gefällt uns sehr gut und wir bereiten uns unterwegs gut auf den Herbst und Winter vor: sammeln am Wegrand Bucheckern, Äpfel, Trauben und Walnüsse ein.
Mittwochabend haben wir dann tatsächlich die Donau erreicht und uns auf der ungarischen Seite im schönen Städtchen Esztergom in dem etwas üsseligen, aber seinen Zweck erfüllenden, Rugbyhotel einquartiert. Am nächsten Tag hatten wir dann auch schon wieder genug von Ungarn und sind zurück in die Slowakei gefahren (die ungarische Sprache und Währung hat uns einfach zu sehr überfordert - ist schon krass nen Haufen 10.000er Scheine in der Hand zu halten - 1 Forint sind 0,003 €). OK, eigentlich war auf der slowakischen Seite der Donau einfach nur der (angeblich) bessere Weg und nach ein paar Kilometern (auf mit Wiesen bewachsenen Deichen, schlaglöchrigen Feldwegen und gerade so befahrbaren Eisenbahnbrücken) waren wir auch schon wieder in Ungarn. Der Donauradweg bis Budapest hat uns auch super gefallen - und Erinnerungen an das Rheintal geweckt. Und irgendwie hat es doch auch was, mal wieder auf einer flachen Strecke zu fahren und nicht fast 2 Stunden für 10 km zu brauchen.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Okres Nové Zámky, Okres Nove Zamky