Last week’s post was pretty serious so I want to break things up a bit with some more family vacation pictures. They make me happy.
We decided to take a day trip to Eger (pronounced egg-air), Hungary. It was hard to choose one day trip. There were so many places I wanted to see, including the town where my great-grandmother is buried, but it was too hard to get to. And there was a lot to see and do in Eger. It seemed like the right choice.
And we were so lucky because the day they were there, all of the locals were dressed in period costume and having archery contests.
Eger is famous for it’s castle, thermal baths and it’s wine, especially Bull’s Blood, a full bodied red wine (so good!!!). Here are some pics from our day.
Once we arrived, we took a short cab ride into the town. We were starving so the first thing we did was find some lunch. It was so yummy!!!
Eger has a really cool history. This blurb was taken from ricksteves.com. Eger is “famed as the town that, against all odds, successfully held off the Turkish advance into Europe. Working their way up the Balkan Peninsula, 60,000 Turks arrived in Eger on September 11, 1552. Some 2,000 Eger residents, fighting from within their castle’s protective walls, held the line against the advancing invaders. After a 38-day siege, the Turks retreated in defeat. Sadly, they returned in 1599 and, this time, succeeded in conquering the castle. The Turks sacked the town and controlled the region for close to a century.”
We let Oliver take control of the camera several times on this vacation and we found that his pictures were some of our favorites. Here is Eger from Oliver’s perspective.
That’s Eger! Going there made me want to explore all of the small towns of Hungary but, alas, we were soon heading off to our next destination, Vienna. The final part of our journey to come next week.