Trip Start May 31, 2008
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

On to another country on a very early morning train.  We woke up at 6:00am and caught our taxi at 6:30am to go to Budapest.   Much earlier than we have been used to getting up lately!  I bought a ticket to Eger at the very organized train station.  Eger is in Hungary's wine region, and we were both looking forward to spending a few relaxing days there.

Eger has the second largest church in Hungary, and in addition to being huge, it's also gorgeous with beautiful frescos painted on the ceiling domes.  There are more Roman Catholic's here, and that was indicated in the ties to pope.  The little write up in the church talked about the struggles when the Ottoman Empire conquered the area, and also the years under the Soviets. 

We went to the main attraction the next day - wine!  The walking wine tour area was just down the hill from our hotel, so we walked there.  There was basically a block of wine cellars and you can spend the day dipping wine by the glass from one place to the next.  What a life.  We didn't have one glass that wasn't excellent.  The dry and semi-sweet were the best.  The sweet wines were very sweet, and tasted more like a dessert wine.  I indulged in a Syrah, and boy was it good.  We paid about 0.30 Euros for a glass wine.  One of the highlights was a group of animated Hungarian seniors singing their hearts out, with a clarinet player accompanying them.  What an experience!

We had planned on leaving Eger the next day, but couldn't resist the chance to spend another day here - and that is exactly what we did!  The joys of not having a fixed schedule, I guess.  Our entertainment the next day was a group of boisterous university students having wine by the pitcher and generally just enjoying themselves before the Easter long weekend.
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