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Published: July 20th 2017
Our plan for Saturday was to get the 10am hydrofoil to spend the day in Esztergom, a small town on the Danube Bend on the boarder with Slovakia. The Danube Bend is meant to be possibly the most beautiful bit of the whole Danube & Esztergom a lovely town to visit there. We were also planning to stroll accross the bridge in to Štúrovoin Slovakia & up our country count for the holiday. Because of the swimming championships in town I double checked the website on friday night & found no reference to any disruption, however on turning up at the ticket office at 9:30am we were told "no boat", looking around there was an A4 sign up next to the counters (inside the building which was shut when i last walked past or I'd have gone in to check) saying no hydrofoil iuntil August. Bummer. We discussed our options and decided to go for the 10:30 ferry to Szentendre instead.
Szentendre is at the start of the Danube Bend so not quite so spectacular views but it's a pleasant enough little town to potter around for a few hours. It's full of touristy souvenir shops, artists/art gallaries & churches.
Due to my limited packing space (carry-on only luggage) I didn't get a cute little jug with a couple of squirrels on, much as I loved it, I also forwent the pretty embroidered shirts
that were so lovely & colourful! We did get some lángos
(traditional savoury donut type food) for lunch though. This was also the only time we got rained on - good job I packed my pac-a-mac!
We got back to Budapest in time to wander around a little more & buy some Pálinka
to try before heading to the Buso Bistro
for a traditional Hungarian meal of Magyar gulyasleves (goulash soup) & paprika chicken - very tasty! Plus I managed to only get a tiny spot of goulash on my white shirt which luckily washed out ok. Again beinmg the party animals we are we turned in at a resonable hour.
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