Last Monday was a public holiday here in Budapest. We realised this only on Tuesday last week and decided to plan a last minute weekend trip. Having last visited my husband’s relatives in Bavaria over the Christmas holidays, we decided it was time to spend some time there again. The train ride is around 7 hours from Budapest and therefore it is not feasible to do it during normal weekends.
Oma, as always, was very happy to see us and she makes sure to spoil us with her delicious Bavarian specialities. We had roasted Gickerl (Bavarian for chicken), Sauerbraten (beef cuts marinated in vinegar and other spices and then braised), Schweinebraten (braised pork) served with Semmelknödel, Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) and Grüner Salat (greens salad). On the other hand, the Uncles made sure that we were always well-hydrated, with various bottles of beer and Radler making their way to the kitchen table.
Weather forecast for the weekend was not that great, however, the aim of this trip was to spend some quality time with the family. Nevertheless, as I usually do on any other trip, I packed my camera. Overall, the weather was not that bad and we managed to squeeze in some short walks in the neighbourhood and the nearby forest.
I find that a walk in this beautiful countryside and the forest is one of the best therapies in the world. It lets you clear away your mind, forget any stress or troubles you have (at least temporarily) and breathe in the fresh air! Besides the breathtaking views of the countryside (which you can never do justice in a photograph), the warm welcome you receive by the locals here is something extraordinary. You are greeted by everyone you come across with such a big smile and a Servus as if you are one of them!
Here are some of my favourite photos I took over the weekend 🙂