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vineri, 24 februarie 2012

Bike trip in Hungary with my friend Marius Reghis ( august 2009) - part 4 - the magnificent SZEKESFEHERVAR - and a splendid palace

Roaming about the streets we reach a gorgeous statuary complex.

The next amaizing architectural landmark we come across is an old and glorious church. Its stone's portal welcomes us.

Then we visit some medieval cobblestones' streets which are rather narrow keeping a particular charm.

This town is indeed one of the best in the Central Europe. I highly recommend it.

Soon we reach an intersting mausoleum.

The architecture here is so spectacular and attractive.

We are lucky to see a group of teenagers dressed up in medieval attires.

Then we draw near to a balcony that seems to be taken out of a fairy-tale.

The plants are not missing, too.

We continue our tour in this wonderful after we drink something outside a tavern.

Here even the banks have the head office in stylish old buildings.

Soon we get to another gorgeous architectural masterpiece that has to be immortalized.

Before we leave this truely urban gem of Pannonia, i snap another photo of my friend Marius that takes on an haughty appearence.

On our way to Balaton, after about one hour of cycling, in a village we suddenly encounter one of the most imposing palaces we have ever seen.

Inside the palace we see a map with the family tree of the noblemen who owned the palace and the surrounding estates.

It's quite a pity that a wing of the palace is in bad condition. The facade needs restoration.

In another chamber we see some hunting trophies.

The lawn is perfect, the architecture is quite astonishing.

To my sheer joy, I run into some fragrant flowers.

I do hope one day I will return to this architectural masterpiece of Pannonia. Sincerely it looks like a palace from the Loire Valley.
But now even the name of the village where this palace is, remains an enigma to me.

So, Hungary is a land of choice.

Sylvie Vartan - Dedicatie cicloturistelor delicate!

Bike trip in Hungary with my friend Marius Reghis ( august 2009) - part 3 - The urban gem - SZEKESFEHERVAR - a marvalous town

We really enjoy this tasty pizza and the spanish beer. Cheers my friend!

Then we head for the Balaton lake. We pass through many nice-looking vilagges with snug cottages.

The night overtakes us but we decide to cycle by the moonlight after putting on some headlights. We enjoy the nightriding a lot! We look like two cycling ghosts riding in Pannonia.

When we get tired I pitch our tent behind the first bush we come across. We don't know where we are and i won't ever remember where we slept that night.
In the morning we see where we slept and we are ready for the next adventure.

Within no more than one hour of cycling we get to Szekesfehervar.

We start visiting this town. First we see an interesting jewish church.

Then we get to the center and we see the oldest church of the town.

Nearby we spot an well preserved archeological site.

It is such a gloriuos day just perfect for visiting a lovely town. We feel so good!

This site is quite spectacular and we see some ivy covering an old building.

We start walking on the cobbled roads. There are plenty of people.

We get to an interesting stone globe.

This is quite an impressive town teeming with tourists.

Suddenly we get to a grand church.

We go inside to visit it and to say a short prayer thanking God for such a good life on two wheels.

The interior is awe-inspiring full of masterpieces.

We are really delighted by what we see in this town whose name is so hard to pronounce or to remember.

We continue our tour in this town and we see beautiful teens.

All of a sudden we find an interesting character from times immemorial.

C. Jerome - C'est moi! - dedicatie fostelor mele primavaratice iubiri

miercuri, 22 februarie 2012

Bike trip in Hungary with my friend Marius Reghis ( august 2009) - part 2 - The Pilis Mountains - Dobogoko

The next morning we are ready to head for the Pilis Mountains. It feels so good to wild camp in Hungary near the wonderful Budapest! We are two happy-go-lucky wild campers.

Our first stop is near Pomaz village where Marius needs to rest a bit on a green field.

While he is resting I go to explore the nature and I find some lovely flowers.

Then we have to climb another 10 kms. till we get to Dobogoko: a popular small resort with great touristic infrastructure.
Here we enter a chalet to enjoy a delicious guyas soup. On the walls we can see wonderful photos and old ski equipments.

We like very much the guyas soup, and we also have a tasty apple pie here. I would definitely recommend this chalet.

Just outside we see a nice sculpture.

And in the close vicinity we can see a specially carved wooden pillar.

The nature here is very lush and alluring. On thick pole there are carved the faces of some former kings of Hungary.

The building of this old chalet is quite impressive. It's one of the best touristic places in Hungary.

This chalet is guarded by a magnificent dog that reminds me of the one I met in 2007 on the Valles Pass in the Dolomite

At a distance of 50m behind this chalet there is a beautiful view point over the Danube Bend. Unfortunately we can seee nothing now because there is a thick fog, it has rained a lot while we were inside the chalet. Here we see same dates about Dobogoko.

A few meters away we can see a bas-relief depicting the head of an important figure from Hungary's past.

We have to go and on our way to Pilisszanto we have a nice climb, and soon it starts raining again.

Near Zsambek we come across an interesting pile of buildings and we enter to visit them.

Here we find all sorts of strange houses.

We are impressed by what we see but we don't understand what this is.

Anyway it's quite an interesting architecture.

Should it be a museum or a sort of school?

The buildings are very modern and are quite well-arranged.

We find a panel but we can't understand anything,there's is no translation in a more accesible language for us.

Then we go find a restaurant and we have a delicious pizza and we drink one of the best beers from our trip. The price was like in the western countries but it was worth it.