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Hungary

After breakfast in Poland, lunch in Slovakia we made it into Hungary in time for dinner...

We headed straight to the Valley of Beautiful Women near Eger in northern Hungary, a region more famous for its wine than its beautiful women... The most famous is its 'Bulls Blood' wine, cryptically named in honour of the local army repelling the invading Turks.

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There are thirty-something wine caves all arranged on a few streets around a small park and the wine is typically sold, per litre, directly from the vats into massive plastic bottles. We bought the minimum 2 litres of Bull's Blood and headed back to the campsite to see how much of a dent we could make in it...

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The Hagymasi Pinceszet wine cave - they won some awards, probably for having the most pronounceable name...

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The best part of visiting wine regions... Tasting!!

The next morning we headed into the capital, and with the Smurf Mobile safely parked in a campsite, we enjoyed a slow meander through the Budavari Polota castle - not really a castle in the knights, moats, and boiling oil sense; more like a small suburb with high walls...

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We can't really explain this...

We enjoyed a couple of drinks at one of the many cafes inside the castle before continuing our walking tour. The buildings inside the castle were very well restored and the tile work on the roofs (especially the cathedral) was incredible...

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The view down the street from our cafe

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The Buda castle cathedral

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The view of Pest from Buda castle

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We walked down the hill (gingerly, having still not recovered from Poland...) and across the famous Chain Bridge linking Buda and Pest and found a fantastic wine bar near Saint Stephen's Cathedral in Pest called DiVino. Not knowing anything about Hungarian wines, we asked the bartender for his choice of local whites and three times he picked a fantastic wine for us to try.

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The Chain Bridge

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Saint Stephen's Cathedral in central Pest

After three good-sized glasses of wine we reluctantly staggered away from the wine bar and caught the metro to the Heroes Square to see the statues of Hungary's famous warriors lit up at night.

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We caught the metro back to the cathedral square and managed to resist the temptation to return to DiVino, which was by now so busy it had spilled outside and there were over a hundred half-pissed Hungarians drinking out on the street... Instead we found a small cafe and tried the local goulash before heading back to the river to grab some snapshots of Buda castle at night.

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Saint Stephen's again

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The Buda castle

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The Chain Bridge at night

Even though it was short, we had a great time in Hungary. Budapest was great fun (especially at night) and we could have easily spent several days just ticking off the amazing cafes and bars around central Pest. However, as our time is starting to slip away, the next morning we very reluctantly headed to Slovakia...

Posted by RobandEve 04:12 Archived in Hungary

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Awesome...I want to go!!!!

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