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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.

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Bike trip in Hungary with my friend Marius Reghis ( august 2009) - part 1 - The beautiful Budapest

We start this tour in the beginning of august. Till Kecskemet we travel by car. Marius' brother-in-law gives as a lift and we save 2 days of cycling. The first day we cycle less then 80 km on a secondary road and we decide to stop right at the entrance in the hungarian capital. Here we stay and enjoy a nice dinner and some beers at a restaurant.

Then we withdraw to sleep behind some bushes across the street where is a field.
We sleep very well and the next day we are ready to explore the wonderful Budapest.

After about 12km we get to a huge bridge. We are close to the city center.

After crossing the bridge we get to a bike path and we start visiting the city. An interesting entrance of a building draws our attention.

Not far from here we get to a magnificent palace.

The next stop is beside a green bridge.

It's time for us to admire a bit the mighty Danube and the buildings across the river.

In the vicinity we get to the Fishermen's bastion, a famous highlight of Budapest.

Then we see a lovely white bridge.

Not far from here we can admire a great waterfall.

Then we climb one km. with a gradient of 10% and we get to Citadella where we can enjoy a great vista over the Budapest.

Here on the walls of the citadel we can see many pictures with Budapest in times of yore.

Quite interesting indeed!

Then we have a photo together with the view over the city.

Budapest remains one of the best capitals in Europe!

Here we also come across some gorgeous statues.

Then we go down next to the Danube and we carry on cycling to the north. On our way we catch the glimpse of a luxurious ship.

We follow the bikepath and now and then we stop to snap a photo. We see another interesting building.

Soon we get to the Chain bridge which is the oldest in town.

We also can admire a stately church soon.

But the most impressive highlight of all Budapest remains the Parliament's Palace.

We simply can't have enough of gazing at this marvelous construction that bewitches our minds.

That was the splendid Budapest. Then we get out of it and we sleep next to the Danube on a lawn near a village. Nobody bothers us and we are happy.

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