Budapest To Bucharest 2014
May 10 - Kalocsa, Hungary
Today after breakfast, we were transported on buses to a church in Kalocsa where we listened to an excellent organ concert. Then we went to a horse farm where we were entertained by the Horsemen of Puszta in their traditional costumes. We were served some local refreshments and were given a ride around the farm in a horse cart.
We have had an opportunity to see some of the countryside. Instead of trying to explain what it looks like, here is a quote from our daily information packet:
"This part of Hungary, to the east of the Danube and south of the mountains, is also home to Europe's largest continuous area of grassland, the Great Plains. It is an area of rivers and national parks, home to a huge variety of wildlife and vast expanses of land where native grey-horned cattle roam and seemingly endless horizons beckon. It's also the driest and sunniest part of the country.....".
We found it to be very flat. The only hills, if you can call them that, are the river banks. The fast current of the Danube flows past them and we can see a continuous row of deciduous trees with short breaks for sandy beaches. Small villages, vacation houses and some small industries dot the landscape. Looking toward the river's horizon, the Danube is indeed blue. A closer inspection shows a greenish brown color with a lot of cottonwood fuzz floating by.
Back on board, we had lunch. I was happy to get a BLT with real chips. Ann had veal. We had an interesting conversation with a retired dentist from Missouri who knows where the weapons of mass destruction are stored in Syria after they were moved out of Iraq. I told Ann that he must be referring to nitrous oxide which destroys the will of the masses to resist the pain of the dentist's drill. At least this conversation was more stimulating than one at another table where a man fell asleep in his soup. Just kidding - he missed the soup.
Late in the afternoon, we docked in Mohács for the Hungarian border control agents to do a face check with our passports. We were entering Croatia.
Dinner was very good. We both had halibut which was cooked perfectly - moist and tasty. I started with a crab cake while Ann had a small portion roasted duck. She had walnut ice cream with chocolate sauce for desert while I had tiramisu. Wine and conversation went smoothly. Our dinner companions were from Walnut Creek and Minnisota.