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... next larger town heading west, Poprad. The trains are electric and efficient and clean. The ride was nice and only took an hour and a half. It's a small country. Their tourism motto is "Small Country, Big Adventure."
If we weren't on a schedule to get to Prague, we would have spend a day or two here. But, we have absentee ballots for our Gubernatorial election waiting for us there. And we want to hit some hot springs, so we're off.
Monday July 7 2014
A Day & Night in Hungary
*There is a pause in our busy itinerary of sightseeing and we now have several days of consecutive driving before we arrive in Bucharest.
*Heading south of Krakow we leave the flat countryside and head for wooded hills & mountains. The roofs become very steep, cut logs in outdoor storehouses & pertinent ...
... We entered the castle, where we sadly couldn't take pictures. We had to wear protective slippers over our shoes to protect the wood floors- I snapped a sneaky picture of that! The castle's furniture and tapestries weren't preserved but it was filled with stuff from the appropriate centuries when the Rakoczi family lived there, including furniture, clothing, books and tapestries. Then we headed out to wander around the other buildings- we were going to look into a tower building ...
... humped masses near the cellar entrances (cellar ceilings) as well as vent stacks to allow for air circulation. We also walked past the Oremus winery, a major Tokaji wine producer- they had a pretty big setup. The surrounding hills were covered with vineyards- so pretty. Tolscva is a small village where most people are involved in the wine industry but it's not too prosperous. There are a few larger estate houses though, probably owned by some wealthier ...
... br> Going there, I took a luxury bus called Noblesslines which had a modified interior and had a restaurant on the first floor, as well as quite comfy seats to sleep in, and in fact was an overnight bus from Prague to Kosice. Arriving there in the morning without much sleep, I call Jan to come get me at the bus station, half awake. He greets me like a good friend and brings me back to his nice hometown, insisting I should eat something before taking a nap and heading out.