Sunday, 18 December 2016

A - Z Guidebook - Sopron, Hungary & My Sunday Photo

Firewatch Tower, Sopron  




We really loved Hungary when we visited as part of our big backpacking trip in our younger days.  It was still pretty scary in those days as Communism still reigned supreme.  Our lovely homestay host came with us to the train station to say goodbye, but he was fairly terrified of all the guards stomping around with big guns slung over their shoulders, and pretended he didn't know us while they were around.  A bit of an unusual experience for these young Aussies.  So not used to seeing people with biiiggg guns!

This tower has 200 steps to the top - we climbed them all, so we could check out the view.  We met a very interesting young fella in Sopron who was actually from Vienna on a trip.  He was quite the young Nazi!  He was not a fan of the Jewish people; all Europe's problems were their fault apparently.  Scary stuff I tell you.  And he was only about 20 - OMG, pretty shocking.  Fortunately, we met no other self-professed neo Nazis.  

We had a wonderful time, checking out the historical architecture and meeting lovely people.  And eating interesting food, including 2 whole tureens of soup at one restaurant.  We didn't realise you were supposed to serve yourself and just fill your bowl with a ladle of soup.  We thought you had to eat it all!  So we did.  Lord knows what the locals thought of us.
  




Join in with Tiffin Fiona in the monthly travel link up where we show off our travel photos.  We are using the letter S this month.




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And thanks also to Darren from Photalife for hosting the My Sunday Photo link each week.




Photalife


34 comments:

  1. I had to giggle at the soup episode! It's funny how customs differ between countries. Looks wonderful there and so different.

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    1. oh yes it was funny. I didn't actually find out about the serving yourself soup thingy till a few years ago well after the event. hilarious!

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    2. I've never thought of going to Hungary. I love that tower - what a beautiful place x

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    3. It's a really amazing country.

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  2. You must have had some looks when you ate all the soup lol
    The Tower looks lovely I bet there was some great views from up there

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    1. we had fun in Sopron! and the soup incident must have been a hoot to the locals.

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  3. Ah, my homeland, well, the father (and mother) land at least. Bliss. I agree, in the days post Communism it was still a daunting place to visit. So beautiful and so relaxed now. xx

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    1. it was a wee bit terrifying liz but wonderful and cheap - i think we paid $10 a night for a whole apartment!

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  4. What a great looking tower, I've never thought of visiting Hungary

    Have a very Merry Christmas.

    Thank you for linking up and supporting My Sunday Photo this year.

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  5. I love that you ate ALL the soup! I was pleasantly surprised by the food in Hungary, and the wine... There's a reason they keep it to themselves, it's very very good! :)

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    1. it is so funny thinking on it now. and we didn't know at the time so no worries mate:)

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  6. Sherry it looks so beautiful I love exploring but wow how times have changed since you visited I bet x

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    1. oh yes i imagine it's very very different now. happy xmas.

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  7. What an awesome experience. Hungary is actually on my list...one day.

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  8. What an interesting looking tower, Hungary is one of those places which has always interested me. Lovely. Merry Christmas!

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  9. Lovely pictures! I can't wait to make it to Hungary next summer! :)

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  10. I don't know what I'd do if I met a neo Nazi but chances are they probably wouldn't want to talk to me much! How scary!

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    1. It was really strange Lorraine never having met one before.

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  11. It looks so beautiful! Your story about the soup did make me chuckle :)

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  12. Lol, I would have probably done the same with the soup! I can imagine it must have been quite scary with all the guards and a very different world back then. Love the photo of the Firewatch Tower.

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    1. Yes very different world and very fascinating. Merry Christmas

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  13. What a beautiful town !!
    Merry Christmas !!

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  14. Hi Sherry, how full (and sick) you must have felt after all that soup. At least you could walk it off climbing all those steps to the top of the tower.

    xx

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    1. it's so funny now to think how greedy they must have thought us.:)

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  15. Wow Sherry - you are quite the intrepid traveller, visiting those Eastern Bloc countries before the wall came down. The guys on the train - the more things change, the more they stay the same as it appears the Neo Nazis and far right are gaining some traction. Thanks for joining : )

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    1. We didn't think we were intrepid at the time but perhaps we were:). Belgrade was a bit scary too!

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