1 - 18th September 2004 Fly to Budapest
met 6 teddies at Luton Airport, only 2 were with children.
stayed at The Red Bus 2 Hostel which was a small, and
watched Hungarian TV after going out so Debra could get
train tickets for Zagreb the next morning.
2 - 19th September 2004
our 1015 train to Zagreb in Croatia, it took about 6 hours.
We passed what we assumed to be a lake, but was infromed
that it was just a pond. We found this to be true an hour
later when we started the long long run passed Lake Balaton!
Balaton is the biggest lake of Central Europe, it is 77
kilometers long and its width ranges from 4 to 14 kilometers.
3 - 20th September 2004
The old city tour walking tour started in Ban J. Jelacic
Square and is surrounded by buildings of different styles.
The Square houses a fountain which in turn houses a watering
hole and bath for pigeons.
The fountain is a few steps away from the original spring
well which is thought, partly, to have given the city
of Zagreb its name.
my photo taken by the statue of famous Croatian writer,
August Senoa. It is brass I think, and he leans against
an adverting pillar, taking a little break. Now, im sure
this was just a dream she had last night, but Debra is
waiting to read/see the news today as she is not sure
if she dreamt it or not that this statue is to be relocated
to Trafalga Square in London! It seems so stupid that
it would be considered a more appropriate place, WHY would
it? It is where it should to be and we both feel that
is where it should stay.
were originally four formal entrances to the city, only
one of them remains. Kamen vrata (Stone Gate), was last
reconstructed in 1760. The gate suffered, according to
legend, a great fire which burnt up all its wooden parts
but left out in its hunger the painting of Mary and child.
The painting was found amongst the ashes without damage.
People come to worship the painting housed in the gate
which has a tiny chapel. In 1931 a golden crown was added
to the painting.
St Marks Square is St Marks Church, we did not enter,
but admired the pretty multicolored roof tiles which have
shields representing the coat of arms of the Kingdom of
4 - 21st September 2004 Ljubljana
0755 train to Ljubljana having my passport stamped by
a bemused passport official.
a lovely walk around town and ate grilled sardines with
potato and tomato salad drenched in garlic. I shared our
bread with a friendly sparrow that was hopping around
on the table, it even took bread from my paw!
back streets took us to Ljubljanski grad (Ljubljana Castle)
on top of the hill, 78 metres above the city, where we
climbed the tower and admired the scenic panoramic views
5 - 22nd September 2004 Bled
8am bus from Ljubljana to Bled where we were picked up
for the family run hostel. The Jakelj Hostel is a pretty
house set at he bottom of mountains and hills in the country
and was in a quiet area. We shared room with a nice young
lady called Tina whom I think rather fancied me! The hostel
was family run and their family were so nice to me and
thought me a wonderful teddy bear.
a few is a few miles away and first we went to Bled Castle
perched high up on the hill (1000sit), and looked out
over lake bled; the lake from here looked so tranquil.
Next we took a boat ride to the Church of the Assumption.
The church - based on a small island in the middle of
Lake Bled has a wishing bell from 1534.
6 - 23rd September
We were dropped off at the local train station were we
got train back to Ljubljana and spent a bit of time before
getting our return train to Zagreb. Got some food and
some wine and the tram to Ravnice Hostel, we wern't booked
in but luckily they had a bed. We roomed with 3 French
people but spent most of the evening chatting to an American
man an Israeli woman and some others in the kitchen.
7 - 24th September 2004
was raining as we left the hostel and Debra had left my
raincoat at home. It took the whole 6 -7 hour train journey
for Debra trainers to dry off as the heater kept going
off, did they stink! and I know because I was sat beside
them above the heater drying off my fur and stuffing.
It's a hard life for a teddy bear when the silly human
responsible for our well-being leaves our yellow plastic
mac at home.
soon found the Aboriginal Hostel and made some dinner
and ate it watching an Austin Powers film in Hungarian.
The hostel has an Australia theme, the doors are painted
in aboriginal style and there are boomerangs and digireedoos
on the walls and everything.
8 - 25th September 2004
the hostel at 8am to explorey poos, using the Chain Bridge
- which was the first permanent link of Buda and Pest
- to cross the Danube.
first went to Buda Palace on Castle Hill; great view of
the Danube and Parliament from the top of the hill.
Fisherman's Bastian was packed with tourists so just had
a quick look. Built in 1905, The Fishermanís Bastion was
named after the guild of fishermen whose responsibilty
is was to defend this stretch of wall from enemy attack
in the Middle Ages. Seven turrets represent the Magyar
tribes who once populated the country.
some time in the History Museum (800sit about £3)
which covers 2 millennia of history.
the museum we came across a brass statue of a horse. There
was a queue of students climbing up and stroking the horses
male bits. The brass was greened and blackened with age
but the much stroked parts were shiny. It is meant to
be lucky to stoke this part of the horse, so up Debra
dragged me and we took our share of good luck.
9 - 26th September 2004
me off just after 6am she did so she could go to the Gellert
Baths early so leaving the rest of the day for other stuff.
As she was being pampered I sat locked in the changing
cabin envisaging the marathon exploring we would no doubt
be doing once we were out of here.
We set upon Gellert Hill the hard way, Short Cuts! I hate
it when she takes short cuts it always involves some sort
10 - 27th September - Departure day
dragged us up Gellert Hill again soon after 6am, as if
yesterdays visit wasn't enough, it was freezing; we meditated
whilst it was still free of tourists and dog walkers pooing
cave church (Sziklatemplom) which is real groovy. It is
a cave of chaples which was established in the 1930s by
the Pauline order, which is the only order native to Hungary
and was founded in1256 and was ended in 1773 by Josef
II. It was re-established 150 years later; the monks of
the order were confessors to Hugarian Kings. In the 1950s
the monks were jailed by the Communists who blocked up
the chaples which were only re-opened in 1989.