Settling into Znojmo…

Settling into Znojmo…

But not as well as this dude: St Boniface has been here for sometime, complete with bones and lace. No pronunciation advise on this town… but unlike Spanish the Z and j are pronounced. It’s a wonder we made it here at all. We are staying in a very nice big...
3 Countries in 3 hours…

3 Countries in 3 hours…

We spent the night in the northern town of Esztergom, Hungary and had dinner in the vault under the basilica. Fabulous surroundings and good food, following a walk around the town after a huge deluge in the afternoon. Esztergom is on the Danube, in fact on a bend in...
Eager for a break from the city, we moved to Eger

Eager for a break from the city, we moved to Eger

Eger (Egg-air) is a little city to the East of Hungary about 2 hours on the train. We headed into town and checked into our unlovely but adequate hotel the Unicornus! The best things about the Unicornus was the helpful reception man, that ran around after Girl Viking...
After a hard days sightseeing….

After a hard days sightseeing….

Bearing in mind that it is routinely 30 degrees here in Budapest, wandering around looking at sights can be a wearying experience. And it is busy already. Hoards of tourists already roaming around and queuing for things including the famous Gelarto Rosa, which Girl...
Back in Buda…

Back in Buda…

This time we gave Pesht a miss and by the time Ms Pacifica returns from the monastery Girl Viking had arrived and let herself into the Buda apartment and proceeded to make herself familiar with the city. Introducing  Girl Viking, who is a great writer, Aussie and...
Day 2 at the Monastery…

Day 2 at the Monastery…

After an amazing night sleep I’m up and down to the refectory for Frühstuck! No embarrassing lingual lapses occur – it is buffet, ( that’s in French -my 4th language –  last spoken at Char and Michel’s wedding, but still in there, mixed with the Spanish and...
At the Monastery…

At the Monastery…

  And so I have journeyed across Hungary to Sopron which is very near the Austrian border. A three hour journey on a high speed train from central Budapest. We travelled through beautiful flat lands with fields of yellow and green and the occasional tree, Very...
Some sights were visited….

Some sights were visited….

Finally, I hear you say. I thought it was all breakfasts and meandering. Well as you know I’m staying in Pesht, in the shabby chic apartment but I braved the bridge over the Danube, the famous Chain bridge (on foot) and then took the funicular up the hill to...
What better start…..

What better start…..

What better start to the day exploring a new city than popping into a church, the first of many no doubt on this architectural and cultural (but not especially religious) tour. Churches are cool and quiet and often a surprise inside… some plain, some ornate,...