Budapest...a soak in an ancient bath

Trip Start Jul 08, 2013
Trip End Aug 10, 2013

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

The only thing that mares the bliss of a good sleep in is waking up covered in sweat and gasping for water! The temperature was 41 degrees in Budapest today and it was hotter than the blazes! I was so happy to get to sleep despite the fact I had to race down and catch the tail end of the breakfast in our hotel. I have really been enjoying the large breakfast selections they have in these European Hotels. It makes up for the small rooms and patchy wi-fi. Since my roommate was out on a mini tour, I had the room to myself and took advantage by taking some me time. I read my book lying by the open window trying to catch a breeze. When that provided no relief I headed into town to meet up with the musketeers to have lunch. We chose a random hole in the wall that advertised pancakes and salad. I ordered savory crepes, one filled with mushrooms, one with garlic and cheese, one with sauerkraut and one with spinach. So so delicious! The food on this trip has been the best...but it would be hard if you were vegetarian or had special dietary needs as it is often a struggle to order! The heat was getting ridiculous, so we decided to take the metro up to the largest medicinal thermal bath in Europe, Szechenyi.

The baths were housed in a beautiful Neo-Baroque style building all painted yellow and in the middle of the large city park. With three outdoor pools and 15 indoor pools we couldn't wait to slip on our suits and jump in. Even though the pools are filled by a temperal wellspring, some of the pools were cooled so it was absolutely fantastic to slip into the waters for a good long soak. We stayed for three hours, runnin into more people from Contiki and trying a handful of different pools. I really wanted to suntan, but the sun had made the concrete too hot to lay on, so I had to contend with sitting on the steps of the pool. Life is tough!

After we had gotten too pruney and our tummies were rumbling, we headed back into the old town and wandered the streets a bit, looking for something healthy for dinner. Music drew us into a random little square off one of the main roads and we happened upon a Wine Festival in progress. I ended up getting a giant Hungarian Langos for dinner, covered in garlic butter, cheese and sour cream. It was completely calorie-free! Hehe a few glasses of excellent Hungarian White Wine, some great tunes courtesy of a guy playing a wicked harmonica, and some handmade melty chocolates for dessert and my night was perfect! Renata and I wandered the streets a little more in search of souveniers and we both fell in love with city as we walked along the river in the evening. This is a city I will revisit for sure...I think this has been on of the most relaxing, fantastic days on the trip so far!
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twodrifters07 on

You'll have to read "Csadas" again now that you've been to is a wonderful book, with lots of history of the country rolled into it!

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