Greetings from Esztergom, Hungary

We didn’t get very far but we had a lovely day.

The Danube near the big bend just north of Budapest

The Danube near the big bend just north of Budapest

Just north of Budapest the Danube makes a big turn and the villages and towns along the river in that area are a delight. Just outside the city limits, the houses seemed larger and there were open fields and pretty farms. I thought many of these might well be homes for folks who commute into Budapest. All along the river there were lovely homes and estates.

The river is high. All along the edge you can see the water right at the high mark. In some places it looks like it can’t go higher without damaging houses and farms.¬†Many lines from boats that don’t move often have lots of snags and brush caught on them.

We saw several tour boats on the river and they were all heading downstream. They all seem unusually long for their beam.

At Visegrad we rode up the hill to a big park and amusement area. We hiked to the top of the hill and got a territorial view of the river and the surrounding countryside. Very pretty. And very green. Tuscany, eat your hear out. We had a great lunch in a restaurant at the top. Great food to go with the great view. And quite inexpensive.

The GPS (still working) took us directly to our hostel in Esztergom. As I was inside checking in, Debb was outside getting drunk. There were 6 or 8 folks heading out somewhere and they were talking with Debb about our Washington plates and one of them decided we should celebrate with some “fruit brandy”, as they called it. So naturally, I had to share ours. Much toasting and laughter ensued. They had a boat to catch, so we toasted that and off they went.

I paid the hostel in the local currency and got a discount. Nice place but there was no hot water in the morning. In fact, no water at all came out of the hot faucet. Odd.

This is located at the top of the hill near Esztergom, Hungary

This is located at the top of the hill near Visegard, Hungary

We have seen a few signs with these type characters in Hungary. This was on the edge of Esztergom. Maybe right to left?

We have seen a few signs with these type characters in Hungary. This was on the edge of Esztergom. Maybe right to left?