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Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by intrepid on 29 October 2005 6:17pm
 
Peripatetically, I'm in the sw Czech. Rep. and I need a vacation soon. I've been to Budapest but nowhere else in Hungary. Is there anything in Hungary, (esp. the north) which you'd recommend? Heck, anything in Budapest you'd recommend? I'd go again.
Mars is out of the question, though, even if it is only 69.4 million km from Earth right now. Can't get a visa.
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by peripatetically on 29 October 2005 8:08pm
 
HAHAHAHA, That's funny. Well, to be honest, Intrepid, Budapest and a few towns enroute to Lake Balaton are the only places I've been in Hungary.

Oh! No, I lie..... There are two villages along the Danube River. One is Esztergom and the other is Szentendre. Both are quite small and not really places for staying for a long time, in my opinion. I made day trips to them from Budapest. Both were worth the time, especially since I took a local train one day and the hydrofoil the other. Towns at Lake Balaton are lovely and charming. But they aren't north. I hope someone else can give you some help.

Patty~
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by tucsonmike on 30 October 2005 4:24am
 
Was near Hungary, but didn't get there. I've been to Austria, Poland,
Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland.
I loved Prague. I loved Krakow and Vienna.
Strewth, Mars would be interesting. Speak to Richard Branson.
Patty, What have I said about lying?

Mike
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by peripatetically on 30 October 2005 1:02pm
 
Sorry, Mike. I think it was merely a senior moment, not a true lie! hahahaha

I love Vienna too, Mike. Have been there many times and HAD made friends there. Unfortunately, two have died as they were elderly and it's been 30 years since we began our friendship.

The other family kept in touch as well since the early 80's but somehow we all lost touch about 5 years ago. All were quite special people and had us as guests in their homes after we knew them for a couple years.

It was the 2nd family mentioned that invited us to his vacation home at Lake Balaton. That was during the cold war so coming and going for him wasn't easy. He and his young wife escaped Hungary years before. He had been a star soccer player, handsome as anyone could be and well-known in many places. That was evident wherever we went.

Coming back to Vienna with him, for an extra week of holiday, turned out to be a huge strain for him at the border. There was no fooling around and they kept us waiting for a good amount of time. By the time they turned over our passports and turned the car upside down, so to speak, we were let go. Our poor host was so shaken that we stopped as soon as we entered Austria about 500Ft away, to compose himself and get some coffee, etc. He was perspiring badly. It was odd, because we had noticed he became a little more nervous and quiet with every passing mile toward the checkpoint. He told us later, that he had often been held for HOURS. I guess they were just angry that he left after being a celebrity and having served in their military.

The reason he returns every year to Budapest and Balaton is that his mother and in-laws are still there. His daughter would visit them and he'd go get her and take a vacation at the same time. He's never bothered during the holiday, but they never let him forget his escape when he wants to go back to his new home in Austria---Vienna.

The first couple were extremely nice and very interesting as well. "He" owned a restaurant in the Vienna Woods, had a home in Sulz and still owned the apt in Vienna where he was born. The latter is listed in the walking tours book and identified with the local historic markers above the door. It was formerly a Benedictine monastery. To add to all this, he was also an antiques dealer too, owned another apt. on the Mariahelferstrasse and a home in Italy. He was never one to brag or put on aires, but these facts came in casual converstion over many years of knowing him. I have a feeling he was well into other businesses as well.

Later, he sold his Vienna Woods home and moved to a town along the Danube, west of town about 2 hours or so ride. So tiny, it was called Zeiselburg. He and his wife bought a then 150-year old daily farm. It was built in a square with a courtyard in the center. A huge huge huge wooden gate with big iron locks and iron bars across the windows. The window treatment was original as was everythig else, and was used to keep robbers from entering in the old days. When they bought this farm, it was in disrepair. By the time we saw it, it was a lovely charming "fairytale type place. Just adorable in every way. I stayed there for 2 nights. All their homes were filled with expensive antiques only. Eventually, as they aged, they decided to turn the farm into a museum.

His wife died in her garden, which was her major love. That and cooking. He moved back to Vienna and became ill , lost his memory and died in the care of a man he intrusted his entire estate in exchange for eternal care until he passed.

And so, my "live" connections to the city has fled, but in my heart I have beautiful memories of beautiful people. I have returned twice since those days and it certainly isn't the same in feel or appearance, but I still love it!!!!!!!!!
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by intrepid on 30 October 2005 4:07pm
 
Thanks, Peripatetically- Esztergom and Szentendre were the types of daytripping places I was thinking of. The reason I specified "north" was because I haven't done justice to the mountainy part of Slovakia, either, and I'm hoping I can possibly cover both in 1 trip- scraping the northern Hungary along the Danube and then entering eastern Slovakia. North, south, the locations don't matter that much as everything's within a day's trip of the capital.
Apart from Budapest, the consensus among my students is that Balaton area is the Hungarian place to go. I'd like to see it, maybe combining it with a trip to Croatia.
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by bandgeek512 on 30 October 2005 11:34pm
 
Mars would be a nice change of scenery...and planet, for that matter.

Wow, loads of helpful suggestions. We're still trying to decide on where we're wanting to travel to. I seem to be the only one giving particularly *helpful* suggestions to our Administrator. It's nice to have so many people willing to help me out--especially with the Mars answer. Loved it. My favorite one by far.

o_0 any other planets? ;-)
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by peripatetically on 30 October 2005 11:54pm
 
Croatia is lovely too. Report back when you return from wherever you go, OK?
Patty~
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by peripatetically on 30 October 2005 11:56pm
 
Croatia is lovely too. Report back when you return from wherever you go, OK?
Patty~
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by peripatetically on 30 October 2005 11:57pm
 
Croatia is lovely too. Report back when you return from wherever you go, OK?
Patty~
 
Re: High School Senior Class Trip...Any suggestions? by bandgeek512 on 31 October 2005 1:17am
 
Tonight on 'It's the Mind,' we examine the phenomenon of deja vu...


Tonight on 'It's the Mind,' we examine the phenomenon of deja vu...


Oh, wait...

Ha, only playing around, Patty. I had to do that.

We'll be leaving sometime in May, so I've got a while before we set off. But, that only means I'm given more time to suggest and prod about destinations.
 
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