Wednesday 2nd October
Needless to say we both slept well after our long tough walk and on waking we realised just what a fantastic hotel we had booked in too.
The buffet breakfast was amazing and we had full use of the Spa facilities including pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Enjoying the hot tub
So we decided to stay,enjoy and relax .
WhichÂ included having an excellent 30 min sports massage on my legs ( don’t think I could have managed the full hour ).
Not for the first time was I told that I need to stretch more 🙁
We never left the hotel at all on Wednesday !
Thursday 3rd October
Today we woke to a lovely sunny day and after another excellent breakfast decided to walk back up to Kekesteto to see it in the daylight.
We took the yellow walking route from the hotel back to Matrahaza, where we found a few small souvenir shops open and a sign post for half a dozen walking routes.
We continued on the yellow route enjoying a trip up the TV tower which gave us some fantastic views.
Then it was back to the hotel to enjoy the spa facilities once again and plan the next part of our trip 🙂
Tuesday 1st October
We escaped quite easily from Panorama Panzio and only had to pay for the one night even though we had booked for four
After our escape we jumped onto a bus to Sirok for a days walking along the National Blue Trail to Kekesteto .
The National Blue TrailÂ is the oldest long distance footpath in Europe and forms part of the E4 and Kekesteto is the highest point in Hungary.
The Hungarian villages seem very remote with no shops, so when we left on the bus we had no food or water and was hoping to find a shop in Sirok, luckily we did and it was open 🙂
The National Blue TrailÂ was well marked with a blue flash and we soon found our way.
National Blue Trail
The route was mainly through forrest but was well walked making it easy to find our way although we did not expect the never ending up and down which made it a much tougher longer walking day
When we finally arrived in Kekesteto it was getting dark. After realising there was no where to stay we carried on walking down the ski slope to Matrahaza.
Still no where to stay, by this time I thought we may end up sleeping in a bus shelter and funnily enough we tried getting a room at the sanatorium thinking it was a hotel !
Then thanks to the “Around Me app ” we discovered that a mile down the road was the 5 star Wellness hotel Ozon.
Luckily I had my torch and the road was not busy, we arrived safely at around 8pm to find not only did they have a room but food too so as we were both pretty tired we struck a deal and booked a room for the night 🙂
Sunday 29th of September we took a trip on the hydrofoil up the RiverÂ Danube taking in the famous Danube bend ….. this was their last trip of the season !
It was a beautiful sunny relaxing day.
Funnily enough the first thing we bumped into was a running race so good to see running is as popular here as at home
After a lovely coffee while basking in the sun we took a walk up castle hill to look round the Basilica which is the largest church in Hungary.
Then we walked across theÂ Maria Valeria bridge,the middle of this bridge marks theÂ borderÂ between Hungary and Slovakia , its Â been destroyed twice,the last time in 1944 and only renovated in 2001
Then after a nice long lunch it was time for the return boat trip.
I never realised doing nothing could be so tiring 🙂
I am sat here at Luton airport thinking how amazing it is ….
When I first met Geoff and we went to Les Gets in 2007 I had no experience of airports or travelling and to be honest the airport scared me to death
Now here I am making my way to Budapest all on my own ……
I drove to the airport as well something else I never used to have the confidence to do although having a Tom Tom certainly helps 🙂
But then I would travel to the other end of the world on my own just to see Geoff 🙂
Finally after being here 4 days I felt well enough to ski.. and the sun came out to celebrate too 🙂
Its my 7th season here, which I can hardly believe, its also colder than I have ever known it be before…
Today for the first time I went off skiing by myself and had a lovely time doing my favourite blue runs over on the Chavannes.
Tomorrow we have guests coming for the next week, I am so looking forward to going skiing with them on the lovely blue/red runs which i enjoy so much but Geoff wont do on a snowboard.
I am sure they will teach me lots too and as usual it will be hard to leave and go home but I still have another 4 days to enjoy 🙂
Resting was going for a snow shoe walk 🙂
The mountain air did me some good and my chest is much clearer now !
My Fitbit and I are enjoying all the hill andÂ mountainÂ walking ……..
First it was St Ives in Cornwall, where I did one of the most undulating walks I have ever done, from St Ives to Pendeen along the South West Coast path.
Next it was a weekend away with the Cambridge Rambling Club where I especially enjoyed the walk in the Malvern hills.
Now we are in Les Gets for 10 days, we started Â with an afternoon walk around Mont ChÃ©ry in beautiful sunshine and withÂ magnificentÂ views as always 🙂
Before Geoff goes off on his trip to New Zealand I get to spend some quality time with him 🙂
Tomorrow we catch the train to St Ives,in Cornwall, where we shall spend some time walking and have a night out at the beautiful Minack Theatre.
Then its back to work for 3 days before we head off to Leominster for a weekend of walking with the Cambridge Rambling Club
We leave the best to last as we then head off to the mountains and Geoff’s apartment in Â Les Gets, where we shall rest, walk and catch up with friends KayÂ and AnthonyÂ
Then its home and back to a full week of massage clients 🙂