But before I moved, Erika took some vacation days and her mom asked us if we wanted to join them in visiting Erika's family in Hungary. Since we didn't have any other plans, we tagged along to a 12 hour car drive through southern German, Austria, to a small village near Budapest. Here's a bunch of pictures I took, I don't know the names of a lot of the sites, I'll have to do some research and annotate it later.
All in all, it was a great trip, Budapest was beautiful but a bit melancholy which led to an interesting vibe. It reminded me a lot of Paris, but with an eastern, rustic, underdeveloped twist to it. The way the Danube splits the city, dozens of historic bridges, the 3-5 story tall, square buildings with flat roofs and high ceilings and windows, and of course beautiful old churches with intricate murals.
Cool house in Budapest next to all embassies
Disney-like castle in the middle of a gigantic park, wish I took more pictures of it from the courtyard
One entrance to the East(?) train station
With some dope langos inside as well
Front entrance to the train station. They are in the process of renovating it, it could use some work.
The Citadel on the cliffs of the Danube
One side of Budapest. This river actually starts from a tiny little stream in the Black Forest and ends up all the way in the Black Sea
That big building in the bottom left is where the following pictures all took place
Beautiful church. Loved the roof
And the sun finally came out to say goodbye before setting
That big white building on the other bank is the Parliament building. 2nd biggest in Europe, behind the one Bucharest
Church from the other side
Let's see if Erika complains about this picture
This whole area with all these awesome views and buildings is call the Fisherman's Battlement I think
Yeah baby, MGD at the Tesco
Day 3 we went to Eger, known for its wine and the site of where the Hungarians halted the Turkish advance into Europe in the 1550s (only for about 40 years).
Sitting on the embattlements of the fortress
It was a nice, cute city. I liked it
And just a 10 minute drive away from the fortress, you get to the wine district
Each one of those little porches is an entrance to an individual wine cellar built into the hill
I say cellar, but most were more like a cave...This one went about 200 feet deep
Just the outer parts of the Alps near Salzburg. Southern Bavaria and this part of Austria were awesome, definitely want to go back for some real hiking
The coolest thing about the wine was that you can buy it straight from the barrel. They fill you up with 1L 2.2L (pictured here) or 5L or even bigger plastic jugs. Each one of those 2.2L jugs cost about 3 Euros
Our return haul - Salami and wine of course, plus cheese, Hungarian Jaegermeister variety, and some nasty puffed corn things that Erika used to eat as a kid.