Another Day Trip

Trip Start Jul 28, 2007
Trip End Sep 02, 2007

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Today was a day of disappointments (though not without a few pleasantries).  We drove through insane traffic to the northern outskirts of Budapest to a neighbourhood called Obuda.  I planned to go to Aquincum -- a museum with Roman ruins.  It was drizzling and miserable.  When we arrived, the sign on the door said they were open every day except Monday.  That was fine... it was Tuesday.  But the doors were locked.  We wandered around (in the rain) until we found someone who worked there.  He said that because the museum was open the day before for the holiday, it was closed today.  Wonderful.

So we hopped back in the car and drove to the southern outskirts of Budapest to Szoborpark or Statue Park (where it was no lobger raining -- Yay!).  Statue Park is another outdoor museum; one where an enterprising collector has stored a vast number of Communist statues that fell with the regime.  I quite enjoyed it, but for Attila it brought back bad feelings.  Not living under the boot of the Russians myself, I can't comprehend his sentiment, but while I was snapping photos of Lenin and his comrades, he was spitting at them.  Hence the lack of pictures (my camera takes photos that aren't in jpeg, his does).

Back in the car.  This time to Komarom, northwest of Tata.  There is located a vast underground bunker system and fortress, first built by the Austrians, but later used by the Nazis to house people on route to the concentration camps, and later still by the Russians in their occupation of the region.  The complex was cast, and we could explore virtually any any we wanted... but the rooms were all completely empty.  It has the potential to be a wonderful museum, but as it stands it is like a book with a very interesting cover... and blank pages inside.

Finally, we decided to end the day with a soak in the thermal baths in Komarom.  That was wonderful.  We soaked up the waters with a handful of robust Hungarians in Speedos and bikinis (the only people I have seen in one-piece suits are tourists) in water that smelled like rotten eggs.  We capped the day with dinner on a garden terrace back in Tata.
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