No, this is not a flanker of A Lab on Fire What we do in Paris is Secret. It’s just me wanting to share with you how much fun I had on my summer vacations and that I had a good time there!
Day 1 – Our journey began on Saturday around 4 in the morning, when we packed the car and left our house. We drove through Wrocław, Kłodzko, Olomouc, Brno and Bratislava. 12 hours and 3 stops later we arrived at Balatonfenyves where we were staying. We had a little bit of trouble finding the apartment but after a while we finally located it. We unpacked and went for a short walk to get to know the neighbourhood. That was one tiring day.
Day 2 – The day after our arrival we went to the beach. Unlike the sea beaches those at Balaton are not sandy. They’re like parks, where people lay on the grass. I liked it as there were many trees, platanus around which gave the shade to those who were tired of the sunlight. The sky was clear and the Sun was shining bright. That day I tried a local specialty, palacsinta – pancakes with different fillings. I asked for the mix of flavors to try them all. My favorite was the one with cinnamon. In the evening we went for a walk, cool air is always good before going to sleep.
Day 3 – On that day we had a first trip outside of Balatonfenyves. We took a tour to Tapolca, a nearby town. We read in the tour-guide book we bought that there was an Underground Cave Lake there and we wanted to see it. We’ve found one sign by the street showing the direction but it was quite confusing and it made us got lost a little bit. We asked local citizens for help but Hungarians we met didn’t speak English well. When we asked for Cave Lake they directed us to the local lake on the surface, they apparently didn’t understand the “cave” word. One hour later we’ve found it but there was a long queue. While we were waiting the weather turned from cloudy to sunny. It became really hot, it was tiring to stand in the direct sunlight. When we entered the Cave Lake it was awesome. It was cool there and we could swim in the bathtub-like boats there. So much fun.
Day 4 – It was another day at the beach. This time we didn’t go to the crowded main beach in Balatonfenyves but we went to a different one found by our friends. There was much less people and peace but still there were cocktail bars and bistro nearby. The only problem was the lake. Around 50 meters from the waterside there was a lot of algae plus the edge was so shallow that one had to walk like 300 meters into the water to find a water deep enough to swim. When I got hungry I ordered a local (fast) food meal called langos. It was a deep oil fried dough flan served with different ingredients on top. Mine was with grated cheese and tomato sauce, kind of like pizza. It was so big I shared a piece with my Mum as I wouldn’t eat it all by myself.
Day 5 – It’s already a halfway of our stay in Hungary and it was time for the biggest trip of this vacation. We went for a whole day to Budapest, a capital city of Hungary. Our sightseeing started at the Citadella, located at the top of Gellert-Hegy (Hill). There we visited an old bunker and saw a Freedom Monument, a woman holding a palm leaf above her head. Then we headed down the hill to see a Gellert Statue. When we reached the actual city surface we found ourselves nearby the Elisabeth Bridge. We directed our steps to the Royal Palace, we passed through its courtyards and got to the Old Town where our eyes were attracted by Matthias Church, a beautiful monumental building with a colorful tiles roof. Very close to it a legendary Ruszwurm Cukraszka, a confectionery shop is located. We stopped by to drink a cup of coffee and try the sweets. We decided on whipped cream cake which was delicious (just look at it!) Later on we wandered around the Old Town walking along the small and peaceful streets. As the time was passing we were getting closer to the city center and traffic. We passed next to the old Turkey Bath house and had a dinner at Joseph Ben square. We strolled along the Danube bank and reached the Margaret Bridge – we walked on it to pass to the other side of the river. We wanted to see the Parliament building. We got as close as possible, unfortunately there were so ground works around that kept us on distance. Then we’ve seen couple more parks, statues and churches. When we got to the Chain Bridge we returned to the Buda side of Budapest. When we were on the way back to Citadella it started to rain. On the hill we wanted to see the city illuminated by evening lights but the rain was getting stronger and we were too tired to wait. It was time to get back.
Day 6 – After a long day of walking around Budapest the next day was all about lying on the beach, enjoying water and sun. There was a chilly wint that caused that sunbathing was really pleasant. I didn’t feel the heat at all. Late afternoon we drove to Keszthely to visit the Festetics Palace. Unfortunately it was too late to buy the tickets. No worries – we returned there on Sunday. Instead we sat down in the street cafe and enjoyed ice coffee, frappe and drinks.
Day 7,8 – We spent those two days relaxing on the beach. The liquid hot was pouring down from the sky on us so we played a lot in the Balaton to give our bodies a break from the scorching heat. In the evening we went to the nearby restaurant to have a dinner. I ordered a plate with fish and steamed veggies and it was delicious, I’ve never eaten such a good fish dish.
Day 9 – In the morning we went to Church. The funny thing was that it was placed right behind the fence of our apartment. We just had to walk down the stairs and take a few steps and we were there. Then we had breakfast, took our car and drove to Keszthely to see the Castle from the inside this time. It was really marvelous. The numerous rooms with decorated furniture, tea services, paintings, ornamented ceilings and wallpapers with the ancestry crest. We also bought a ticket to the coach house which was located at the back of the backyard. In the backyard there were lots of plants, flowers and fountains. All the beautiful carriages and sleighs were really impressive.
Day 10 – The final one. Before noon we went to the beach for the last time to use the last hours in Hungary to sunbathe and swim. In the afternoon, after dinner, everyone felt weirdly lazy and quiet. In the evening we started packing our stuff. In the meantime a very strong wind started to rise. It was blowing the entire night so imagine we didn’t get much sleep on the last bedtime in Balatonfenyves. The other day we took all the baggage to the car, ate a breakfast and left Balaton behind starting our journey back home. The road was long and it seemed to have no end but finally we arrived, safe and sound.
The summer vacation at Balaton was really great. I got a nice tan, I learned a little bit about the Hungarian habits and culture. The sightseeing was the best part of our stay. Lying on the beach is nice but only when you don’t do it for too long. I’ve taken tons of pictures, some of them you can see in the slide show. Now it’s time to get used to the home-living again. I’m back in the game, new perfume adventures await.
Honeys, I’m home!