|The hills where I wandered.|
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
|The farm house and vineyards.|
|Arriving at the farm.|
|The beach just over the hill from the house|
|The grape harvest at the base of the hill|
where Calypso's castle stood.
On my first day, Genevieve and I were sent to the neighbors to help with their grape harvest all morning. We arrived and were given sheers and buckets, then went out to cut bunches of grapes from the vines, most of them already shriveling and raisin-like from the heat. (I know so little about wine making, here espeically - I was surprised to learn that these were still good for wine. I always thought grapes needed to be juicy and fresh for that.) We were surrounded by deeply tanned, mustached men, shouting in Greek and laughing at one another, bobbing up and down in the hot sun. We finished before it got too hot in the afternoon, had lunch and walked to the beach. It is all almost too picturesque and beautiful to be real.
Suffice to say I'm very happy to be here for the next two weeks.
Monday, August 18, 2014
|The Danube River's course|
|The river in Regensburg, Germany|
|In Budapest, Hungary|
Saturday, August 16, 2014
|Waiting to get on the train, Belgrade.|
I try to explain my haughty attitude by saying "I was on the night train from Belgrade." She looks at me meaningfully. I don't think I'm the only tourist on this road.
They have a bunk in the 4 bed dorm for the next two nights, with the widest hostel beds in the Balkans.
Friday, August 15, 2014
|Do I look exhausted from meat eating? I sure felt it.|
|The view of Old Town from across the river.|
|Just before the rain came|
|Looking towards Buda from Pest, crossing the Danube|
|Gellert Bath house|
|The Central Square of Pécs, Hungary|
|Ancient Turkish city walls and the Cathedral in Pécs|
Saturday, August 9, 2014
|The old North Gate into Bratislava, the old remaining city gate.|
|Bratislava main square|
|The Blue Church, an incredible work of art.|
|Across from the Blue Church, an abandoned Soviet hospital|
|The view from Trenčín Castle|
|Trenčín Castle from the City Center.|
|Sitting on the old fortress walls of Trenčín Castle, overlooking the city and valley.|