4th Aug 2012
Days 139 & 140
They weren’t too bad actually – had more of a problem with the Spanish couple talking loudly at 6.30am and their two yappy dogs. Anyway – we got packed up to the accompaniment of the golden oriole which was singing away again this morning. Drove on a few miles to where a little train takes you out to the heart of the lakes. Apparently, they were made initially as enormous lakes for fish farming, but have now become part of a national park and used for nature conservation.
Turned into a blisteringly hot day. Somewhat regretted not getting a return ticket on the train as we trailed around 4 miles back to the van. Lots of wildfowl and wading birds, as well as various marsh harriers – including a lovely close-up view when one left it’s perch in a tree just a few yards in front of us. There were also some enormous fish – ugly brutes with enormous mouths, a girth the size of my leg and up to about two feet long. Fortunately Tirril didn’t spot them otherwise all hell would have been let loose!
The weather has been following a trend the last few days of cloud building up a bit in the afternoon and various rumbles of thunder – but no great downpours of rain – then to clear again in the evening. So it was today as we sought out our next campsite. The book we’ve got is right – Hungarian campsites are very hard to find as they don’t give grid references or instructions on how to get there and they are really poorly signed on the whole. So we gave up and happened across another one a few miles further on near Sarud.
It’s very close to Lake Tisza, an enormous lake, but one that seems more put to leisure as there are various campsites and boating sites here. Pleasant enough for an overnight stop though. We’ve booked a pitch at a site in Budapest for tomorrow, so it’s back to the bright lights for us. Just hope it’s not as hot as it was today.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jeremy & Hayley!!! The wedding party is in full swing as I write this. Sorry we couldn’t be there, but hope you’ve had a great day.
We’re now in Budapest on a site only a couple of miles from the city centre. The site is jam-packed, but it’s pretty well equipped, is really handy for the city and there’s even a park next door where Tirril can stretch his legs.
Had a fairly dull drive here and have been planning our itinerary for tomorrow. Really hot, close day today and forecast is for more of the same. However, it seems that dogs are allowed on the buses/trams here so Tirril can come with us, and the van is in a spot that is shady in the afternoon.
In the meantime – carry on watching the Olympics! We’ve actually got a picture on the TV, so can see some of the highlights – although so far the main coverage was a Hungary v GB water polo match where we got absolutely stuffed. I hope it’s not the same story with the cricket.
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