Balaton is a popular (if not the most popular) vacation destination in Hungary. When it gets too hot and the tourists take over Budapest, Hungarians migrate to the Balaton. Lake Balaton holds many fond memories for Hungarian families. Under Communism, employees were able to take a week or two of vacation at state-owned vacation camps on the lake. Besides providing housing, the government would even give you money to subsidize the rest of your vacation. The lake was also a popular destination for Germans as a meeting point because both Eastern and Western Germans were allowed to travel there.
We hired a sailboat and a skipper and sailed across the lake to Tihany. It ended up taking us three hours because there was no crosswind at all - haha. We didn't have much time in Tihany once we got there but we had enough time to eat langos that was bigger than my head, see the Benedictine Abbey & Church (founded in 1055 AD) where the first record of written Hungarian was found, and browse the markets. If you ever find yourself in Magyarorszag you should definitely rent a car (a Trabant perhaps?!) or take the train from Budapest to Lake Balaton. Viszlat!
|Am I really in Hungary right now?|
|Benedictine Church & Abbey|
|LANGOS - wish I could get this in Indiana|
|Literally a HIGH altar - gorgeous!!|
|Cor Jesu, miserere nobis!|
|Spongebob has gone Magyar!! |
"We send greetings from Lake Balaton"
|Magyar paprika & wine|
|Small town Hungary <3|
|Tihany & Lake Balaton (sailboats dotting the water)|
|My friend Christine from California|