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Siofok

Day 1 - 5th September

sunny 30 °C

Post holiday rush. We knew the season was over and that was somewhat intentional but the place was a veritable ghost town. This suited us just fine. The place cried of all night parties. Really not what we came here for. No-one but locals in circulation. Brilliant.

Hotel. The hotel we stayed in was done in a Thai/Indonesian tropical style. It was a bit of a risky decision. These types of places are usually presented well on the internet but never live up to expectation. We were pleasantly surprised.

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Welcome drink. Upon arrival we were welcomed with beer and cocktails. Booyakasha!

Langos. After Vicki’s disappointing first attempt at Langos, we thought we’d try again at a local beach stand. No disappointment this time.

Board walk. The shop frontages along the main drag were boarded up as if there was a category 4 cyclone on the way. They obviously don’t get much business in these parts over the winter. I heard the lake freezes over and becomes a veritable skate rink. Enough reason for me!

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When is a tan no longer a tan? The locals take tanning to the next level. No matter the age group, the skin is black and leathery. Baby oil all the way. No SPF required in these parts... or on any part.

Fishing. Oh, my beloved fishing. I approached a man sitting on the edge of a little breakwater fishing with his wife. The language barrier was strong but we were still able to communicate. He used a mini burley bucket that he attached to his line and filled that with corn. He then put gents on his line. He’d caught about 8 fish before we got there and another in our presence. Mainly carp. Good job, old man.

We could be heroes. After walking a little further down the coastline, we came across another line of fisherman. We decided to plonk down on the banks and spectate for a while. One of the fisherman appeared to have caught something big. Turns out his line was tangled on a passing duck. Vicki started to squeal and I jumped in the water. I held the duck and the man untangled the line. Swim Donald swim. No damage done.

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Pissheads. More cocktails, more Palinka. We are on holiday after all!

Nap time. Vic had a nap and I went for a long walk. Pretty much covered the whole town. The city centre was a little more lively. Lots of little flea markets and plenty more evidence of the partying potential of the town. Time to awaken Vic from her slumber.

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Mykonos. A greek restaurant on the main strip. One of the few left open. Food was ok. Table full of Germans next to us... not a quiet dinner.

Storm. Jay and Gabi were telling us about how quickly the weather can change on the Balaton just hours before it actually did. The wind kicked up and within a matter of minutes the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. The water became choppy. To be honest I wasn’t expecting the water to get so violent on a lake. It is 77Km long after all so plenty of surface area to work up a swell. Pretty awesome.

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Siofok

Day 2 - 6th September

sunny 26 °C

Brekky. Small buffet but with real coffee! Lean way to start the day. There is nothing lean about any of the meals in Hungary so a small brekky helps just that little bit.

Skype. Got to love modern technology. Haven’t payed for a phone call or a prepaid mobile yet. It’s just not required anymore. No wonder telcos are crapping themselves, including ours! Vic skyped her parents from the foyer and filled them in on our plan or maybe to gain approval. It’s great to have someone to bounce itineraries off that is knowledgeable of the area. Cheers.

Lunch. I had the loveliest serve of duck fillet with pea mash, camembert and potato pancake. Scrumptious. Vic had a tortilla which was sublime. Funny mix of food on the menu. Hungarian, Asian, Mexican and Italian mainly. Made for a wide selection. At this time of year when most of the restaurants are closed, it made a lot of sense to diversify.

Beached. After all of our marathon walking efforts we decided the best course of action was to lay in the sun like beached whales. Worked a treat.

Walk. Took Vic on a tour of the town to see the areas I explored when she had her nap the night before...

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On the house. We started dinner with a couple of glasses of wine. A waiter then approached us to say that tonight’s dinner was on the house. We had asked if there were any rooms with a view of the lake shortly after checking in but were told that they had a full house. To be honest, we’d forgotten about it. Obviously, the owner had not and this was his way of compensating. A lovely gesture.

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Annoying. I was out like a light as soon as my head hit the pillow but Vicki had a sleepless night. Rather than keep herself occupied, she thought it best to flick my ears and tickle my lips until I woke up to join her insomnia. Selfish.

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Siofok

Day 3 - 7th September

sunny 28 °C

Back to Budapest. Two hours travel to Budapest this morning then another two hours to Eger, the next town on our itinerary. Lots of glorious red wine to drink. Bring it on.

Herend. I could kill Vic. We had an entire week in Budapest to get Gabi something nice from Herend but Vic left it to a travel day. Dumped our bags in the lockers at the train station and off we went to find Herend. Pretty seamless in the end and I think Gabi will be pleased with the outcome. Back on the train within two hours of arrival and in Eger with plenty of sunlight remaining.

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Eger

Day 1 - 7th September

sunny 31 °C

Hotel. Pension like accommodation (which is really your only choice in Eger) atop a hill above the castle. Nice views. Room a little pokey. Not sure how we’ll manage here seeing we’ve been so spoilt for space and comfort. Looks nice enough.

Walk to town. We were stationed at the top of the hill which meant a 10 or so minute walk to the town centre. Nice walk. 8 minutes in, we stopped for a soup. Missed lunch and too early for dinner so thought we’d compromise. Probably the best Guylas I’ve eaten. Vic had garlic soup which her mumma used to make many moons ago. Yum.

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Explore. What a truly magnificent little town. Cobblestone everywhere. Cellar doors splattered throughout with great little restaurants and quaint shop frontages lining the streets. It will be even nicer again once I have my wine goggles on.

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Bull’s Blood. The story goes, when the Ottoman empire first tried to invade Eger, they noticed the wine stained beard’s of the local fighters and rumour began to circulate that the locals were drinking Bull’s blood to keep up their strength. This intimidated the Turks and thwarted the invasion which gave way to a famous wine brand in Eger. Cool story and all the more reason to enjoy a local drop.

Dinner. We decided to eat in the main square. I drank enough bull’s blood to put a bull on it’s arse. A man played violin while we ate which made it all just that little more enjoyable.

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Obnoxious guests. All I could hear was clunking, banging and laughing. Inconsiderate fkrs. I had to use every ounce of strength to stop myself from going gangster on them. Rude shits.

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Eger

Day 2 - 8th September

rain 21 °C

Shit weather. Apart from the rainy night on arrival into Prague, we have been blessed with nothing but brilliant weather. Today it turned. Cold and a little rainy. We hung out at the hotel a little longer than we should have but used the time to do some research on the next destinations in our itinerary, namely Salzburg, Innsbruck, Zurich and Bern.

Weather pattern. We weren’t sure about how the weather would turn out over the next few days so decided it best to skip Miscolz where we were really only planning to bath in the cave baths. All outdoors and probably not the weather for it. We’ll do it next time. This meant we would leave Eger tomorrow which afforded us an extra day to explore Switzerland.

Wine tasting. We spent a good portion of the day walking into cellars to sample their finest. Splendid. I even bought a premium bottle to cellar for a few years.

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Purchase. Two things we HAD to purchase before leaving. Goose liver for Gabi and Jay and Palinka glasses for me. We didn’t get to revisit the market in which we found the goose liver so had to compromise. Hope it still hits the mark. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find the Tokay soaked liver but got the truffle infused instead. Palinka glasses will look great in my glassware cabinet... so will the Palinka on my drinks trolley!

Market. The produce is so fresh. No such thing as organic. It’s all organic. Looks the way it should look... and tastes just the same.

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Castle. A tour of the castle on the final day. The one that was used to fight off the Turks before they eventually took it some time later. The grounds were quite impressive. They even had some wooden horses to play with. I couldn’t resist. Peter Pan syndrome had got a hold of me… probably because of the volume of wine I had consumed.

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Sauna. Well, the hotel advertised they had one. I thought I would have a try. More like a closet with a heater in it. Took forever to warm up and it just frustrated me.

Award winning restaurant. We visited a restaurant notorious for winning awards. First course was a soup that could easily have been transposed onto Gabi’s dining table without anyone noticing. Yum. We weren’t as hungry as we first thought. I would normally salivate at the sight of a whole chook on my plate. Not this time but I still got through it… Vic ordered the lamb. First time we’ve eaten lamb in Europe. It was OK.

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