Friday, 11 June 2010
[pics another time, sorry]
Written 7th June
So here we are, having breakfast in a field side layby in Slovakia. And it is hot and sunny and...
What? What do you mean, you can't get from Romania straight to Slovakia?
Ok, yes, you're right, you can't, and we really have skipped straight through Hungary in just over 24 hours. It is a shame but we did have a lovely long weekend in Budapest a few years ago - back when we did have time for all the tourist things like castles and museums and scrummy hot chocolate and cake in the renowned Café Gerbeaud, hot gluhwein from the christmas market, and fois gras and rich Bull's Blood wine in atmospheric cellar restaurants, it was a very good weekend! - and most of the hungary 'things' in the lp are way over west, so not on our Nordkapp bound trajectory. Another time then.
We found some architecture,
and the castle, and the minaret, which, although now minus its accompanying mosque, is apparently the northernmost remains of the ottoman empire in europe - we had never really given much thought to the Ottomans before, seems they were quite a travelling bunch in their day! -
and then out to the Szepasszony Volgy, the Valley of Beautiful Women - that really is its name! - where all the winaries in the region have cellars for tasting. I don''t know about beautiful women - is it so-called because after drinking the wine, all women think they are suddenly beautiful or because all women you then see are suddenly beautiful... the bus load of middle aged ladies singing and swaying around in the carpark certainly seemed pretty pleased with themselves... ;) - but the small horseshoe shaped valley is pleasant enough, without actually being pretty,
Spotted this at the restaurant next door...
I don't know about hungarian children but there's definitely one meal on their that Christopher Robin wouldn't eat, and piglet has questionable tastes too... :)
Up early this morning as the parking charge started at 8am - hadn't realised there was a time zone change so bit of a panic when the first clock I saw said 8:30! Fortunately the mobile which has the alarm changes timezone automatically, we just hadn't noticed the two were different. Well, it's hard enough knowing what day of the week it is, let alone getting to actual specifics like hours and minutes... ;) - and we had intended just to get out of town and find somewhere to stop for a cup of tea but there wasn't anywhere and suddenly, with no fanfare and hardly any sign, there was the border.
So here we are, having breakfast in a field side layby in Slovakia. And it is hot and sunny and all very lovely so far.
Lets see what this new country brings then....
With love for now from Becky, Will and Jules on Friday, June 11, 2010