Friday, 8 May 2015

First Day of the Long Trek!

The first day of my trek, starting on the Buda  side of Lanchid (Chain Bridge) at the location of the 0km stone.
The 0km Stone
As the saying goes "All roads lead to... Budapest?" I pass Aquincum, the old Roman Garrison town,
it eventually becomes the provincial capital of Panonia Inferior, I can see most of it just walking by.

Leaving Budapest I join a walk/bike path running alongside Road 11; easy four hours walk to Szentendre
a "working Artist Colony" since the 1920's. The character of the town was formed by waves of refugees from Serbia after the Serbs defeat by the Turk's at Kosovo in 1389 and a large group of 6000 in 1690.  By the 1890's less than one quarter of the residents were of Serbian origin, today just a few dozen families remain.
A street in Szentendre.
The old town is full of restaurants, cake and cafe shops, souvenir shops, shops selling the work of renowned local artistes, historic buildings and churches. Well worth a visit. On the afternoon of my second day in town I crossed the Danube by ferry to the island of Szentendre (hourly service on the half hour).

Ten minutes walk from the terminal is the Rosinante Hotel a country-style inn with rooms,
spa facilities and a restaurant. It was well past lunch so I ordered, duck with strawberry sauce and
(something like small longish doughnuts) it was unusual and very good.  After lunch I continued my walk to Szigetmonostor a small town 2 km. north. A few hundred meters on, I noticed a family of wild piglets
playing in the grass just a few steps in from the road.  The island has excellent terrain for horse riding and some good riding schools. On my way back I looked out for the piglets with no luck.
 The hotel-restaurant on the island.
On my third day I had an early start to visit the Hungarian Open-Air Museum Skanzen, of eighteenth and nineteenth century rural architecture. Actual homesteads transported and rebuilt on site. Very interesting but I much prefer to live today. An eight-nine km round trip, good warm up for tomorrow's trek.
XVIII century homestead for poor farmers.

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