Our European Odyssey

This blog covered our month-long trip to Eastern Europe -- specifically the countries of Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Szentendre on the Danube Bend

We spent the day in Szentendre, a small town north of Budapest on the Danube Bend. In Hungarian, "Sz" is pronounced like the S in "Sam," so the town name is pronounced sen-ten-dra. (We have seen English loan words like "szerviz" for "service" and "szauna" for "sauna.") The town is known for its cobblestone streets, medieval church, artists and Danube view.


After enjoying the medieval church and early-morning deserted streets, we bought Grandma some flowers at the town's outdoor market. We hope she likes them.


We were in luck because a children's festival was going on today. We got to see kids singing and dancing to some traditional Hungarian music and others dancing to some not-so-wholesome American rap and pop music. The audience and performers probably had no idea what the lyrics were saying.

We enjoyed a quiet lunch in a local restaurant. Andrea had Bűkkős-style pork stew, and Jake had Bugac-style turkey breast stew with fried potatoes. We had two glasses of strong Hungarian wine along with our meals. It was very good. We would like to describe our meal a bit more but aren't sure how.
We wanted to post more pictures, but we are having computer issues. We guess that is how it goes when you use an Internet cafe. We'll try to add them later.

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