Hungry in Hungary
Esztergom Travel Blog› entry 22 of 32 › view all entries
July 3rd, 2006 – by: coolguy
After our first night in Hungary, we didn't have any accomodation arranged, but we've managed to do quite well finding rooms even though no one speaks English. Here in Esztergom, a man riding a bike with a baby in its basket flagged us down and gave us a pamplet for his guesthouse.
In Hungary, we've stayed in the world-famous cities of Mosonmagyarovar, Gyor, and Tata. In Mosonmagyarovar, we found the only oriental food restaurant in the city and we enjoyed it so much, we came back a second time. We also sampled that city's hot springs, swimming with the old Hungarian men and ladies. In Gyor we got lost trying to leave the city and ended up biking through very run-down areas. In Tata, we had a pleasant stay; there was a lake and we walked around it, taking in the view of Hungary's only water castle.
We had a bit of an adventure today to get here to Esztergom. We wanted to avoid the hilly and busy roads to Budapest, so following our guidebook's advice, we hopped on a train to the Hungarian/Slovakian border.
Esztergom used to be the coronation city of Hungarian kings and the centrepiece is a huge basilica on a hill. It is so beautiful that the city is known as 'the Rome of Hungary.' We checked out the church inside the basilica and were a bit disgusted by one of the relics they had, a skull in a glass box. Finally, we relaxed outside on the hill for an hour or so, taking in the fine sunset over the Danube and Slovakia.
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