Hey readers. We were just in Budapest and had an awesome time. We were all super excited to explore the city so we went on a walking tour along the Danube River. Our guide was great and we learned a lot. Did you know that Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe? It was founded in 896. We also went to the healing Turkish baths and soaked in the water for hours. We were sooooooo pruny when we finally got out. The baths were in an old mansion and have been there for over four hundred years.
We were lucky to be in town for two festivals. Mom and Dad tasted Bulls Blood wine at the Harvest Festival and we tried different kinds of their traditional cheeses and cakes… yummy. A few days later we explored The Horse Festival. We got to see what seemed like Cirque du Soleil on horses. The riders were doing the craziest things. One was hanging off the side of the horse holding on with only one hand racing around the track. On our last day we rented a weird bike thing and rode around Margaret Island. I was the one steering which was a bit scary… (ahhhhhhh!) but we made it back alive.
After our fabulous stay in Budapest we moved on to Eger, the Hungarian wine country. While we were there we rode Lipizzaner horses and by now you all know I love horses. The Lipizzaner horses are bred there so this was my first time riding them. That evening we wandered around another harvest festival, listened to folk music and sampled a few Hungarian specialties. We then hopped on a train and traveled south to Romania, our first stop was Sibiu. We stayed at a cool hostel. The owners had an eight year old son, Sean. Everest had a lot of fun with him. While we were there we wandered the streets of Old Town and went to an outdoor cultural museum. They brought in several centuries old traditional houses from all over the country.
I loved Sibiu but couldn’t wait for our chalet in the Carpathian Mountains. While we there we held the Underwear Olympics, cooked meals, built fires, caught up on school and snuggled.
One day we took a 12 mile hike to someone’s castle. I will let you take a guess… he sucks blood, has fangs, and garlic keeps him away. Yep you guessed it, Dracula! Bran Castle was beautiful, the perfect place for a blood sucking vampire. “I want to suck your blood.”
Our last stop in Romania was Timisoara where we found the biggest, cleanest, most creative, beautiful play park I have ever seen. We played there for hours and then we went on a boat ride down the Bega River in a giant swan boat. We ended our night with one last incredible Romanian dinner. Tomorrow we are off to Serbia for our next adventure.