Eger and the Valley of the Beautiful Women

Trip Start Aug 26, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Wine Tasting

Flag of Hungary  , Heves,
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Last weekend I took a day trip to Eger with my roommate Lucie and our friends Jen and Jess. We went based off of a recommendation from my friend who studied out here a few years ago. It was a good recommendation!! Jen, Jess, and I are all in the same Hungarian Culture class. One of the assignments is to give a group presentation on anything about Hungarian Culture. It's pretty open ended so we decided to make this our project! I'm pretty happy about this doesn't get much better than wine tasting in the valley of beautiful women for a school project. 

A little about Eger...
Eger is a two and a half hour train ride north east of Budapest. It's a beautiful little city that gives off a very relaxed atmosphere. Eger is most well known for the Egri Bikaver, or Bulls Blood wine. The Bull's Blood wine played a significant role in a fight against a much larger Turkish Army. According to the tale, the soldiers from Eger stained their clothes, beards, and skin with the Bull's Blood wine before battles. The Turks then began to believe that the defenders were gaining their strength by drinking the blood of bulls. That's where the name 'Bull's Blood' wine came from. 

Anyways, back to the trip. We visited the Basilica, it was very pretty! We also went to the Eger Castle. It wasn't much to see and was more of a tourist trap than anything. After the castle we caught the train on wheels to the Valley of Beautiful Women (don't ask me how it got it's name) for some wine tasting. The valley was awesome! There was 48 wine cellars built into the hillside. Most of them were open and you could go into any of them and taste that vineyards wine. A glass of wine cost about 100 Forints, only about 50 cents!!! Some of the wine was really good and some was not. A lot of the Hungarian wines tend to be very sweet. So even a wine that claims to be dry could very well end up being sweet. I tasted some really good whites, a delicious dry rose, and the bulls blood was one of my favorites. 

Overall it was a great trip! On our way home though we found out that the Hungarian train system is not very organized. The timetable said that our train back from Budapest would leave from platform was on platform two. Another thing that I learned was that you shouldn't get on a train just because you heard your destination said in the middle of an Hungarian could very well be the wrong train!! Long story short, we were lucky to have made it back to Budapest that night and I learned that it's always good to find an English speaking Hungarian that is willing to help!

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