Trip Start Nov 15, 2005
Trip End Aug 15, 2008

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Monday, January 9, 2006

My legs hate me for hill walking.

Another day was spent exploring Eger, an attractive 18th century Baroque city a couple of hours to the east of Budapest. It is the most northerly site of turkish expansion, although it took several attempts for them to actually capture the city. In Dobo square in the mid 16th century, 2000 people defended the castle against some 40000 turkish soldiers, so the handy information map tells me
The main reason for going there wasn´t actually to explore the history of the area (surely not!), but more to discover for myself why the town is now famous within hungary - namely, one of the most prolific wine growing regions in the country, and home to the (allegedly) internationally famous Egri Bikaver (bull´s blood) wine. The Szepasszony Valley, which translates to the ´Valley of Beautiful Women` (or ´nice woman valley` as one sign had it), is a small area a short walk south of the city consisting solely of wine cellars, most of whom are more than willing to let you sample their wares. An enjoyable half hour or so there and I was ready to actually buy some wine! For anyone who may be heading that way, make a purchase at the cellars at the top of the valley, not the bottom - the wine is about a third the price, and seemed just as good (after the extensive half hour of research). I picked up a litre of quality merlot for about 60p!

I slept on the way home :)
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