It’s fair to say that a blog on these well visited countries and regions wouldn’t make for fascinating reading, so I will try and keep this pretty brief.
We seem to have chosen a summer of weddings of very close friends to do our trip, which has also shaped our itinerary somewhat. We crossed into Germany through the Bavarian Forest, visited old friends in Bad Staffelstein and headed to Frankfurt, where we stayed with some ex-Dubai friends. The car went in for a well earned service at the local dealership, and we hopped onto a plane to Lebanon for a wedding in Byblos.
We then scrambled down to Munich for another wedding, headed up to the Abendteuer und Allrad Messe (the biggest 4×4 exhibition in Europe), went for a surreal jog around Epernay (Champagne capital), picked up my sister in Paris, crossed the Channel, arrived in London for a little get together to celebrate my brothers engagement, drove up to Wales for some rest and relaxation before heading off for another wedding in Cambridgeshire.
I seem to remember that a largish section of my Iran blog was dedicated to the pros and cons of various designs of toilets and plumbing. As I recall, Iranian plumbing did not come off too well in my critique. I still stand by my assessment, however the Iranian toilet has been knocked from its place of honour on the podium. Ranking with the highest scores in terms of stench and filth, and therefore to be awarded the gold medal, were the toilets at the Latitude Festival in the UK, where we spent five nights.
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19th May 2012 – 20th May 2012
We didn’t manage to find anywhere to camp in Romania after leaving the merry cemetery in Sapanta, and so we soon found ourselves crossing the border into Hungary. The Romanian border guards had already gone home for the day, and the Hungarian ones took little notice of us. Traveling around the EU is just fantastic in that sense.
I had spotted the town Tokaj on the map, and so we made a beeline for it in the hope of sampling some Hungarian goulash and Tokaj wine. Our campsite was idyllically situated right next to the river and within walking distance to town. We’re not sure if we ever really managed to find “town”. We wandered up and down deserted streets, getting hungrier with every step. I had managed to find a few reviews of restaurants on the Blackberry, but they were all closed, so we ended up having a drink at the (comparatively) lively pub, discovered that they didn’t serve food, and headed out again hunting for goulash. Even the small pizza take away shop was closed by then, but we eventually found a decent restaurant on the river, and ate goulash until it came out of our ears.
The following day we paid a visit to the Hortobagy UNECSO biosphere reserve. David had been to Hortobagy before, with his father who is an avid birdwatcher, and has intense memories of hiking to lakes and hiding in the grass waiting for the wildlife to appear.
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