Hungary to Slovakia

Sept. 16: Pécs Hungary — We arrived in Hungary and traveled by bus to the city of Pécs (payach). This was one of the trip’s best surprises. While touring the cathedral, our guide demonstrated the acoustics by singing — it was amazing. Then we walked through the beautiful town square. If you ever get near Hungary, visit Pécs.

Sept. 17: Budapest Hungary — We’re finally in Budapest and quickly learned that it’s pronounced Budapesht. Luckily, the boat is docked in the heart of the city about a block from Market Hall. We toured Hero’s Square, and then were taken to Castle Hill on the Buda side of the Danube where we had time to explore Matthias Church and whimsical Fisherman’s Bastion with it’s beautiful view of the city. In the afternoon, we trekked on our own to Market Hall and the pedestrian promenade, Vaci Utca. We sailed away from Budapest after dark and got great views of the city at night. This was another wonderful surprise.

Sept. 18: Bratislava Slovakia — In the morning, we cruised through the Gabcikovo lock, and in the afternoon arrived in Bratislava where we walked through parts of Old Town to St. Martin’s Cathedral. Then we had free time and wandered through more of Old Town and luckily found the whimsical “Cumil The Peeper” sculpture and also took time to sample the local brew.

© Virginia E. Vail 2012