Friday 5th April 2013
Slovenia was only ever going to be a transit route through to Hungary but we felt we should at least visit some of it’s treasures. It has a tiny coastline of 29 miles squeezed in between Italy and Croatia – so diverting off track a bit we drove to Piran, a picturesque and colourful harbour town. We had hoped to pick up some useful leaflets and maps from the Tourist Information office to help our with our sightseeing through their country but they weren’t particularly helpful and all we came away with was a single brochure entitled ‘Embrace Piran’ – well we tried to!
With our €15 vignette (valid for 1 week) stuck to the windscreen we hit the motorway and before we knew it we were the other side of the country (it's about the size of Wales) and ended up spending the night hemmed in between trucks in a motorway service area, having failed to find anywhere suitable to stay in towns en-route. It was terribly noisy but on the positive side it had a great café, free internet and Dave enjoyed a hot shower for €2.
Hungary looks like it’s going to be interesting. The language is unlike anything we have come across before. We are talking big money in the currency – I have 3 x 10,000 Forint notes in my wallet and food, diesel and museum entry fees seem to cheap, if I have worked out the exchange rates correctly. It seems mainly geared up for the German and Austrian market – their English translations are quite amusing....
Snail Shell Museum
Happy Toy Museum
Nostalgia Collection and Kitch Museum
Erotic Museum (described as Erotic waxworks show from medieval times!!)
|Keszthely - Lake Balaton|
A short distance from Keszthely is Heviz where we are at the moment. The glossy brochure promotes the health giving properties of the thermal lake and describes it as ‘the biggest biologically active, natural medicinal water in the world’. Looking at the price list we’re not sure yet whether we can afford to dip our smelly feet into the water to benefit from the ‘Wellness’ (in the brochure) from the 754 Kations and Anions (all listed in the brochure!) that Balneotherapy (in the brochure) provides.
|Aerial view of the Spa on Lake Heviz - front page of their glossy brochure!|
|My photo taken today - gloomy weather, steamy water (about 24 degrees)|
|Modern church of Heviz|
Lake Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe and we hope to spend quite a bit of time here on its quieter northern shore before heading off to Budapest.