On the road in Hungary

The days are blurring together already. We arrived in Prague late Sunday afternoon (Sunday? Yeah, Sunday, that was it), after taking a coach from Budapest. We’d had to get up early to catch the coach at 7:30 a.m. (including dragging the luggage two blocks to the pick-up spot) and while some in the group were ready to take on the City of Spires, the Reverend Mother and I were thinking nap and a chance to catch up the short sleep from the past week, month, week – whatever. Anyway, no blogging Sunday night but I wanted to share some images from our Saturday “Danube Bend” tour. We saw some interesting villages and countryside, to be sure, but there was also some interesting political and historical dialogue with our guide, similar to what we’d experienced the previous day with another guide … and all a prelude to what we’d hear on our long ride Sunday. I want to tie all those together in a later post. For now, here are Saturday’s photos, and tomorrow (tomorrow? Probably tomorrow?) I’ll take you through our first day in Prague.

A view of the Danube, from the Hungarian side, looking to Slovakia.

A view of the Danube, from the Hungarian side, looking to Slovakia.

The Basilica at Esztergom, viewed from the Slovakian side of the Danube.

The Basilica at Esztergom, viewed from the Slovakian side of the Danube.

The Basilica gift shop appeared to be selling Holy Hand Grenades of Antioch. Three was the number of counting.

The Basilica gift shop appeared to be selling Holy Hand Grenades of Antioch. Three was the number of counting.

Another view of Esztergom from across the river.

Another view of Esztergom from across the river.

Esztergom from the Basilica's courtyard.

Esztergom from the Basilica’s courtyard.

Night falls over the Hungarian village where we stopped for coffee and crafts.

Night falls over the Hungarian village where we stopped for coffee and crafts.

By the time we returned to Budapest it was fully dark, but it gave us a chance to get a photo of Buda Palace at night.

By the time we returned to Budapest it was fully dark, but it gave us a chance to get a photo of Buda Palace at night.

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