Discussion in 'Outings, Trips & Expeditions' started by Beach Hiker, Jul 8, 2019.
A typical restaurant:
Great, simple, local, fresh.
The light has improved. Going fast downstream.
I will get back to you.....
Truly gorgeous indeed. Looks like a timeless gem that many folks would enjoy.
Great light for pics...
Great pics! I'm glad you're having a good time. We rode a ferry down the Danube from Austria to Budapest a few years ago. Beautiful country, wonderful food! The Danube river surprised me tho. It was big and looked clean, and we saw a lot of those little cabins along the banks, but I never saw a single person fishing. Occasionally we would see an apparatus with a net on a long pole that could be lowered into the water from the shore. But never a person fishing. ??? Either there are no fish (over fished for hundreds of years?), too polluted, or people just don't care about fishing there. ???
We were so lucky when we got to Budapest! Not only is it a very beautiful city, but they were having an airshow while we were there. Colorful airplanes zooming along the river, pulling up just in time to miss the bridges. The people in the city were really nice to us and the food was sooooo good! We drove back to Germany thru the countryside and along the river. We could see a lot of ugly old Soviet era buildings, some small villages scattered thu the countryside that were mostly abandoned. The city of Budapest was magnificent. Throughout the country we could see that the people were finally getting back on their feet after being held down by the Nazis and then the Russians. They were welcoming, but wary.
Very nice! I enjoy your Euro jaunts! makes me wanna take a cruise out that way some time. My wife's grandmother was out that same way a year or so ago taking a cruise boat down that river.
Today ended here... but outside.
So many memories.... we lived downstream in Budapest for five definitive years.
And we're back! One heck of a hike.... a boat .trip.... I'm in heaven.
The castle... Visegrad (high castle).
We live in Poland, so logistically it's easy... it's about a ten hour drive. We broke up the trip by stopping in Krakow, and then a few days in the Tatra mountains of Slovakia.
Everything we have, we brought with us in the car.
The borders are all wide open (no passport controls, no customs, no anything), so you just go .
A wee carve before breakfast...
So far this trip....
Really nice. Beautiful.
Thanks for the pics.
And am I seeing a resemblance?
As you hike down the small mountain, you come to a nice clearing. It is a wooden carving park....
Very cool stuff. I love this chainsaw dude!
Different styles and techniques:
It's the same hat.... called a Maciejowka.
This is the view from just outside camp:
The camp is in behind the trees after the clearing... you can't see it. Fully hidden.
Beautiful trip, great pics. Going to put this trip on the list. Thanks for sharing.
On the banks of the Great Mother River. I'd like to make that journey someday.
The great fishing is in the Danube Delta. Google it to see amazing scenery and animals.
An old friend came to visit....
This is how you hike with her dogs:
It's not just the hat.
You and Liev could be brothers
That sinking feeling...
Another inflatable mattress fail.... I'm done with them! Going down the cot road for car camping as of now....
The area we're camping in is quite wild. There are tons of wee creatures about.
Night time is full of strange animal sounds, and early morning is a woodpecker drum session....
The hardest thing about camping, for me, is getting used to the noises. A mouse can sound like an elephant and I don't even carry my inflatable mattress anymore. In my experience, it's a question of when they're going to fail, not if.
+1 on ditching the inflatable. A few have posted that they've never had a problem...yet. Mom had a couple she kept for when family came down to visit. Neither ever made it till morning.
For this reason I'm reluctant to try an inflatable kayak or canoe. As of now that would be my only option for getting out on the water. So I bank fish!! Sharp hooks and knives floating in gator infested waters somehow, for some reason ring a warning bell.
The Danube bend... (view from near our campsite):
Visegrad... the "High Castle"...
Any of you boys want to see the sights... just let me know.
The hike down to town.... about.... 2 miles??
It really is rather stunning...
Really enjoying this, Rob. Thanks for sharing the sights so we can enjoy vicariously.
We spent about 3 weeks on the ground in that general area (Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary) and I've gotta say it's absolutely gorgeous country. Thanks for helping me recall it!
Yes please. I really liked your pictures. I did not get to see much of the Danube river.
GOD Bless you and your family
Thanks for letting me know. Loved the look of this trip. I’m in the UK so very easy to do.
Thanks for Sharing!
It's a bit farther for you, but still manageable.
Leather on sale.... every size of pouch you might desire.
Today we leave this beautiful spot.
We're heading down the river for a final two nights in Budapest.
We will see some old friends and just enjoy it.
I'll post some Budapest pics for those who are interested.
Thanks for coming along!
Driving into Budapest....passing the parliament.
Were you able to just snap a couple of pics then walk away? Not me!!
I lived in Hungary for five years and bought more than enough of these type of things (including most of the gear I still use today).
I did buy my wife a pair of earrings from the same vendor....
It's going to be so nice to go to sleep tonight on a proper mattress that won't deflate!
We've already picked out the cots we want for our next outing...
Thanks for sharing!!!
Thank you for sharing your trip.
Budapest. The Castle....
Approaching the Basilica:
What a fantastic trip. You deserve it. Glad to hear that you are enjoying life and taking that much needed break.