Today was that day, we were all home and looking for adventure. Dear husband had a UN holiday, not for the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur, but for Id Al-Hadha a Muslim holiday, the two overlapping for the first time in more than 30 years. Dear son had a parent-teacher conference day off from school. His was outstanding, by the way.
Our journey to Sopron is a quick one from Vienna, about an hour. This small town is now a favorite. Sopron is known as the Civitas Fidelissima "the most faithful city" in reference to the 1921 referendum where the city's residents opted to remain part of Hungary instead of being absorbed into Austria. It seems that everyone has ventured through Sopron, Celts, Romans, Slavs, Turks, Germans and Magyars and eventually the Nazis and then the Red Army. Luckily, much of the medieval town remains for visitors to enjoy.
|They Make Exploring Easy, in English!|
|My Broom Awaits|
|Firewatch Tower and City Hall|
Oh, there is an added benefit to visiting Sopron: A big TESCO! I know, I should say the Dentist, since Sopron has over 300 dental clinics and is also known as the dental capital of the world. But no, I was in it for TESCO and was not disappointed. 300 Fornits to the Euro meant we were able to stop, shop and save.
Hungary reminds me of the Czech Republic, you get there and spend time with happy people who smile and have a welcoming attitude toward "foreigners", on the streets, in the restaurants and the shops. It is always a welcome change from Vienna and why we keep returning. TESCO or not.