Bobbing about in Visegrad – Hungary

Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd June 2018

Cathy posting,

Dave wants to pack up and go, it seems Budapest has its own micro-climate, it’s 25c first thing as we wake but the temp is more like 30c we slept terribly a combo of heat and the Palinkas, not having those again. We haven’t done much of the sights in the city apart from walking around viewing them from the outside, we both really wanted to go inside Matthias Church up in Buda but it’s going to have to be a return visit in cooler climes. I tidy the inside of Pogo getting ready to set off, the usual things, cupboards secure, fridge secure and locked, dishes washed, Dave is outside getting fresh water with a watering can from the nearby tap and Pogo gets a big drink ready for some free camping, awning away, chairs away he just about to unplug the electric hook up as a lady drives her camper into the bollard holding at least 6 hook ups knocks it down and drives right over the top of it bollard! The noise made me jump out of my skin. Dave comes inside as it’s not safe to touch the bollard, he’s melting, sweat dripping from his face like a melting ice lolly. Continue reading

It’s a load of tripe!-Hungary

Sunday 17th June 2018

(sorry this blog should been posted before the world cup football one, we’ve got gremlins!)

Another good nights sleep here at Lake Balaton free spot, we are so far behind with our blog that we decide to make a concerted effort to get a few blogs done whilst we are enjoying the views of the lake, undisturbed, quiet with a bit of shade.

Our Mi-Fi data on our 3 mobile SIM in Pogo ran out two days ago. Cathy had called O2 as she had also had some charges on her phone bill Continue reading

Lake Balaton is enormous! Hungary

Saturday, 16th June 2018.

Dave posting,

We were undisturbed in our free camping spot last night, there’s nobody else around, we could hear a slight gentle rumble of trains passing by occasionally but it didn’t stop us sleeping.

Lake Balaton is a major holiday destination with beaches, volcanic hills, resort towns and high-rise hotels along some of its 197km shoreline.

It’s the largest freshwater lake in Central Europe and one of the country’s top tourist destinations. The Zala River provides the largest inflow of water to the lake. It’s 77 kms long, 14 kms wide, with an average depth of 3.5 metres, the maximum depth is 11 metres. It’s approximately 40 times the size of Lake Windermere UK. The colour is the lightest sky blue you have ever seen, in fact in certain light it looks almost white, the photos might not do it justice. We think this remarkable light colour is due to it shallow depth and cleanliness of the water.

The museum is 50 metres away, it’s interactive and with a very good view-point over the vast expanse of water, we paid £4.25 entry fee. We quite enjoyed our time in there, great facts and information about the lake, life of the locals, it’s a shipping museum really, lots of info about its recent safety aids and development.

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Balatonfoldvar Museum

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The water is so light it looks white!

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not quite right!

On an average summer day there could be up to 100,000 people bathing, rowing and sailing here. In a matter of minutes the weather can change it a storm, a gale warning system is provided by the observatory of the Hungarian meteorological service in Siofok. The warning system is made up of 31 bright, flashing & revolving lights all around the edge of the lake, these can easily be seen in daylight and darkness from any position near the lake no matter where you are. A storm warning is first sent to the captain of the water police of Lake Balaton indicating the expected wind force and direction.

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View from the museum

The lights will either flash at 45 times a minute or 90 times a minute dependent upon the severity of the storm. When the signal system is showing the normal flashes of 45 then the wind will not exceed 40kph in the next few hours. over 60 kph it flashes at 90.

Lake Balaton is fantastic for bathing with an average water temperature of 22 degrees in the summer with highs of 27-28, now that’s incredible considering the amount of water here.

Afterwards we walk north along the paths to Balatonfoldvar for about 4 kms passing expensive houses that have super views across the water, we drop down off the high path and on to the lower shore side area, crossing the main railway line the weather today is better for us, warm but with a strong breeze, we could walk for miles when it’s like this. This whole area feels similar to a riviera in Europe but it’s not so busy, the private properties, rental apartments and a few hotels edge right up to the water, no doubt costing a lot of HUF’s! There are many jetties and laddered steps into the water.

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We stop for a paddle, Cathy the fish is thinking about getting in, maybe we will come back tomorrow suitably equipped.

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Come on in it’s warm!

The shady tree lined boulevard covers the sandy shingle paths, reminiscent of Paris, there are cyclists, parents with pushchairs, teenagers and families all out this morning enjoying themselves.

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Boulevards all along the side of the lake

The marina comes into view as we explore the area, this place looks popular with many modern new boats moored up. We are just 135 kms from Budapest.

Time for some refreshments, two small beers sitting on a jetty watching the world go by but the humidity has increased a lot in the last couple of hours, we’re melting once again, we sit in the sofas feeling totally relaxed as we chat about some of our adventures so far and where we might go in the next few weeks, we have really taken to this way of life, travelling, meeting new people, visiting and discovering places for the first time.

We’ve walked 10 kms today, not much really but were pleased we’ve done it in this heat, and now it’s time for tea.

Good night,

Dave

PS – some comments have disappeared from the blog, I’ve managed to put them here;

From Flyfishing adventures “Another wonderful place to add to our list. Thanks for sharing😁”

From Sally “Looks a lovely spot!”

From Dave “Hi FFFA, it’s a super place, we have really enjoyed our time here. Highly recommend a visit the Balatonföldvár museum, it’s got the highest view point of the whole of the lake. Thanks for reading our blog diaries. Regards Dave”

Our 10th country – Hungary

Thursday, 14th June 2018

Dave posting,

A small amount of planning for today took place over breakfast here in Osijek, Croatia.

Hungary will be the 10th country we have visited on this tour. As we travelled northwards through Croatia to the Udvar border crossing, we need to spend our last bit of cash – 225 kuna’s before entering Hungary, so we will top up our LPG refillable system and buy diesel with the remaining kuna’s in Croatia. Continue reading