Not sure what to do today as rain. I was planning on heading over to Szekesfehervar which was the capital of old Hungary but what with the rain decided not to go. So Patricia and I went to the main market – only about three blocks away. Last time we were there was paprika all over the place. Not so the time. The main items for sale were fruits, cherries and apricots and other vegetables. Did not even see any fish, did have various meats including entire lamb heads! Just there for a bit then headed back to the boat.
As the weather forecast was good I decided to head on over to Szekesfehervar for the day. Turned out to be a good call. Took the tram and metro to the train station on the west side of town. Got an express to Szekesfehervar which took about 35 minutes. Went into town to the tourism office to find out where to go and also got the name of a place to eat. Good salad for lunch! Then went to the major church in town – quite nice and then to the Diocese museum. Was not a large museum but one of the people offered to take me around so I had a personal guide to the museum who explained everything. Outstandingly!
This town was the capital of old Hungary, really need to read the Wikipedia excerpt on Szekesfehervar. After the museum, the ‘guide’ pointed me to the archeological site of the old cathedral. This is where the old kings and queen consorts were crowned and the kings were buried. St. Stephen’s sarcophagus is located. So visited it – real nice. None of the old cathedrals are standing. They have done a very good dig and have exposed the outline of the cathedral and is very well documented. The town is modern with relatively few OLD buildings.
After this headed to the train station to go back to the ship. The return train was not an express so it took about an hour. Got back to the ship about 1815, got ready for supper. While I was gone the old passengers disembarked and the new ones embarked to include Susan and Pat.
Was a long but highly interesting day. So all four of us had supper and we set sail for Kalosca at about 2130. Patricia seems to be doing better but still a little under the weather. Will see what tomorrow brings.
After breakfast, disembark for a final free day in Budapest to explore a museum; do some shopping; ride the innovative, efficient metro; visit one of the Art Nouveau spas, or see the Great Synagogue and Jewish Quarter. As always, your Program Director can help you plan your free time. Enjoy a final evening in the bustling Hungarian capital.