a bus to Szentendre, which is quite an adventure in itself, you pass
the Roman settlement of Aquincum. It's right along the road with aqueducts
heavily touristed locations in all of Hungary are Buda's Castle Hill
and Pest's V�ci utca street. They are crawling with them! But, the
little town of Szentendre rivals them both. It's a "postcard perfect"
village settled along a bend in the Danube River. Tourists, as well
as Budapesters, come to Szentendre to stroll the galleries, museums,
shops and caf�s. Fortunately, as soon as you leave the souvenir-choked
main streets, there are quite little back lanes under the colorful
shadow of Baroque steeples to enjoy to yourself.
When I was
a child, I loved the movie "If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium".
(It's particularly funny to me since I now live in Antwerp.) It was
a film about Americans on a speed trip through Europe on a "been there,
done that" experience. It was sort of like my Eastern Europe tour
behind the Iron Curtain. We visited so many places in so few days
that it all blurred together. I know I visited Szentendre, and still
have the embroidered vest to prove it, but I swear that none of it
looked familiar at all to me.