Our last few days in the UK were during the wonderful snow and weather warnings. As one must, we headed into the country to see if we could find a place for the creatures to have some fun in the snow.
Countries Visited – Germany , Czech Republic , Hungary, Austria and UK
Best song – Porter Robinson a Madison – Shelter , listening on the train on our way to Budapest
Best beverage – “Pilsner Urquell of course is the best beer in the world” as explained at each bar you ask what beer to drink in Prague
Best meal – Now who would believe that this would be in the wine district area in Eger, Hungary. Macok restaurant was such a great recommendation from one the waiters we met in Budapest . A great bottle of bulls blood had to be had with this wonderful meal.
Best experience – Ruin bars in Budapest , we joined a bar tour which took us to 5 different ruin bars. Nothing more amazing than sipping on a local beer listening to a Metal band go off !
Another place one is not able to walk around without singing aloud to one of the tunes from “The sound of music”. Salzburg is a beautiful town in Austria close to the German border. A pleasant walk up to the Castle had us huffing and puffing away and the view was so worth the walk . We seem to be taking the snow wherever we go! Can believe we are heading back to the UK for the last part of this phase of travels .I do think that if we were to ask Leigh what one of her favorite things she has done on this trip , it would so be all the night photography sessions we have done together … NOT!
Found this sculpture in the Belvedere museum and could not help myself .. he looks so super excited about life! We spent 3 nights in the Wombat hostel with an amazing panoramic view from our room. There is something to be said about staying in a hostel and there are always things on the go , interesting people to meet all with a primary focus on traveling and lastly a troublesome bar. Our Vienna adventure started with a wine tasting and a 24th birthday party and ended on a crazy night with Tony , an actor who worked at the bar and a few Americans who are studying in Edinburgh. Madeleine and Benjamin explained what they were currently studying and when Madeleine mentioned that learning to play the bag pipes was one of her courses we both found this super interesting . I must say packing and leaving for Salzburg the next day was not fun at all! Thanks to all for an amazing eve and cant wait to see Madeleine in the top 10 bag pipe player and Tony at the Oscars. Oh and lastly , yes for some or other strange reason you just cant help humming the song then you walk around Vienna
A small town called Eger, a two-hour train trop north-west of Budapest was an absolute treat! This was like a mini get away for us as were able to leave our big bags at the train station to collect on the way back. If you are a wine lover, a visit to “Valley of Beautiful the woman ” is where you will find enough wine tasting to keep you busy for a few days! The grape varietals in the area were now to us so we had to keep tasting them all , Bouvier Leányka, Olaszrizling, Kékfrankos, Furmint . The one really worth a mention is Toth Ferenc . A waiter in one of the restaurants in Budapest recommended that we try eat at Macok , it is going to take something really exceptional to beat this food experience!
The initial idea when starting this blog was that my focus would be more about the picture rather than the words. As for today’s picture , it’s the wonderful art work my boot makes in a dog turd while trying to find a special place to dine on our final night in Budapest. It seems that there is no requirement to pick up your dogs shit when taking it for a walk in the city streets . We were fortunate enough to be able to find a few puddles along the way where I could wash my boot off whistling and dancing to “Let’s twist again” I know this picture will not be winning any photo contests however it should make your facial expression replicate my feeling of disgust as my foot made a squelching noise creating it .
Valentine’s day is not an occasion that Leigh and I celebrate regularly so we decided that we would this year. We started our morning at Széchenyi Baths which has to be the strangest thing to do as you make your way outside into the snow to dip into a pool that is at 38 degrees, in a banana hammock of course! I am not one who can just sit around and chill so after spending 2 hours making our way from pool to pool, having people watched all shapes and sizes we headed off for some sight-seeing. We had made a dinner reservation at Fat Mama and this is when it all went West! Having sat down and received a complimentary drink we heard the table next to us complaining about how long it was taking to get their food , another table must have waited about 45 mins to place their drinks order. Szabrina our waitress really did a good job of trying to keep it all together however they were way understaffed for valentine’s day . You know things are bad then she comes over and says to me ” I’ll take that away and remove it off your bill ” before I have a chance to say anything. It was the driest tagliatelleI have ever tried to eat , it had the same effect Pinotage wine which removes every last drop of saliva you have left in your mouth. Two bottles of really good red wine later and a great dessert we made our way for a final drink at Simpla ruin bar which is a must visit! More on ruin bars tomorrow! Oh and lastly a message to Zuma – Chin Chin Mutha F&*^%R!
We were very lucky to have arrived the weekend that the V4 connect festival was held and concluded with an amazing fireworks show on the Chain bridge. I had started the day having said that I was going to give my camera a rest which started off so well until we got our hands on a copy of the programme and I could not miss out on some great photo opportunities. Had some great fun and ended the eve with a few local beers!