We headed out of town on the Buda side of the river. One of the first unexpected sights was a string of preserved Roman ruins running along the highway. It is easy to forget that this part of Europe had been settled well before medieval times. Our guide reminded us that river coursing along next to the road had been a major highway for people and goods for well over 2000 years.
We were also reminded that the Danube was prone to flooding in the spring. One village has handled the problem with temporary barriers along their waterfront that slide into concrete slotted pylons. They function as instant dikes and can be carted away when the waters recede.
Back on the bus we went next to a little touristy artist colony called St. Andrew (Szentendre in Hungarian).. It was a festival day so we were met by a band,
but that did not change the fact that the town was pretty much one narrow street lined with cafes and souvenir shops. If you wished to load up on knit goods, animal skins, carved boxes, and wooden toys, you were in luck.
Another big tourist item is paprika. You can buy it in jars, vials, cans, pouches, you name it. You have to take at least some home and of course we gave up and bought. Most of the stalls sold the same stuff at the same prices so my guess is that the big winner was our tour company, who no doubt negotiated a kick-back from everybody for stopping their buses there.
The town center provides a nice place to rest a bit before walking up to the top of Castle Hill to view a lovely 13th century church.
Then down a little narrow alley where we ran into a shop selling a local delight.
Hungry in Hungary? Try this.
We arrived just in time for lunch at the main building, but first we had a fun demonstration of the art of making goulash.
We also had a nice folk trio serenading us during lunch.