Trip Start Apr 17, 2010
46Trip End Aug 24, 2010
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Arrived into Balatonfuered after the tourist information had closed (again) but had a few options of where to stay. In the travel guide the campsite was listed as being extortionately expensive so we initially went to a few room agencies to see if we could get a room somewhere for cheaper, but we preferred in the end to try the camping. As it was off season and we didn't have a car we managed to get a camping spot next to where everyone empties their chemical toilets for a bargain price, so we stayed there
On the first evening we just walked around the campsite, as it was already fairly late once we'd got there, and then cooked dinner by the side of the lake. There was an amazing red moon.
The next morning (1st May, woo hoo) we did some washing in the launderette on site, which thankfully was open and lazed about in the sun (or I did, Martin was working!) for a bit. In the afternoon we decided to wander into Balatonfuered itself (as the campsite was about 2 km outside it along the lake) to see what festivities were underway for 1st May. They had a big stage in the centre of the town with folk dancing on it, which was pretty impressive, lots of boot slapping and high pitched cries and singing, very entertaining! The folk dancers were followed by very racy 'Acrodancers' who wore sexy costumes and jumped about a lot, also very impressive gymnastics! But that that was pretty much it - oh an animator got loads of little children up on stage and sang children's songs in Hungarian with them, but that wasn't so interesting
On 2nd May we hired some bikes from the campsite and went for a ride around the Tihany Peninsula, along the lake from Balatonfuered and then up into the hills above the lake where there are a lot of vineyards. It was a really nice ride through picturesque little villages, very rural, quite run down in parts, but nice to see, and nice to feel a bit further off the beaten track. In one of the villages, I think it was Pecsely, we saw a man ploughing a field with a horse and plough. I felt it was a bit rude to take a picture, even though it was quite a sight!
Our plan had been to find somewhere to do a wine tasting but we only found somewhere on the way back into Balatonfuered, and they needed a bit of convincing to let us do a wine tasting, as they seemed to be more set up as a restaurant. After a couple of small glasses of local wine we headed back into Balatonfuered and back to the campsite. We went out for dinner at a restaurant in Balatonfuered, which wasn't that great. Back at the campsite we got talking to the group of young Polish people who we'd already seen and heard having a big party on the campsite the night before
On the morning of 3rd May we read and wrote in the campsite in the morning before packing up and heading for a bus to Kecskemet at 14.10. The bus ride to Kecskemet was extremely long and hot and sweaty.... not particularly enjoyable, but it got us there.