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Archive for the month “July, 2014”

Romanian road trip

A few days ago we crossed into Romania, and yesterday we arrived at the furthest destination in our route so far.  Brasov is a beautiful medieval town in southern Transylvania with most of its ancient fortifications and buildings still intact. Last night we did a two hour walking tour with a local girl who spoke incredible English and had a great sense of humor.

The ride through the rural countryside and mountains has been an adventure so far with virtually no traffic laws being followed. The locals think nothing of passing on blind corners and hills at twice the speed limit. We’ve seen a few accidents with one being a tractor trailer full of dirt that went into a turn too fast and tipped over.

Heading out this morning to do more exploring.




IMG_1977 IMG_1982 IMG_2020Monday morning…time to rent a car and travel beyond Budapest for a few days. We start with a quick hour drive in a southerly direction to the small Hungarian city of Szeged. I think I may be in a fantasy world. Szeged is pedestrian friendly, filled with green parks adorned with colorful flower beds and fountains where children are delighted by the unexpected rise and fall of water. I watch from the distance at a quiet fountain as an old woman sits, removes her shoes, plunks her feet (green socks and all) into the water and reaches out for the stream of cool water to rub over her arms. We continue through the park, sit down for a cup of coffee topped with a whipped cream dollop (I try not to consume these extra calories…for about two seconds, then I give in….yum).


We eventually return to our sublime hotel Tiszavirag (translates to Mayfly) and ask at reception for the -1 floor spa to be activated. We head down in our fluffy white robes directly into the dry cedar sauna equipped with a bucket of eucalyptus-laced water to pour over the coals. After we have sufficiently sweated, I get under the shower and then enter the steam room filled with opaque heavy steam. This room detoxifies like no other. I sit with my eyes closed, inhaling the thick lemon grass air When it is time, under the shower again and this time into the “sea climate” spa. It is a comfortable temperature (appropriate for street clothes), along one wall is a cedar bench with an ess shape profile, there are red heat lamps above, and some backlit agate-type stone on the walls. I lean back into the cedar, let my feet dangle and breathe in the salty, richly oxygenated air.


No more words except…..do not hydrate with sauvignon blanc 🙂




Hungarian Flea Market

Had a bit of time to kill today, so we went to the Ecseri Flea Market on the outskirts of Budapest.

After a brief trolley ride and a not so brief bus ride we were unceremoniously discharged along the side of the road in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere.  We eventually got our bearings, found the market, and started rummaging through the piles of junk looking for anything interesting.

I suppose it’s pretty much like any flea market around the world, except with a more commie feel.  Beth found some handmade lace doilies for which the woman was asking 1000 Huf (less than $5), and Beth offered her 1200.  Does she know how to bargain or what?  I was lucky enough to find a bronze plaque that translates roughly to ” But comrades!  This is the work which is dressed in class warfare”.

Can’t wait to proudly display that gem when we get home!


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