We’ve had a great, packed weekend. Flew from Bristol to Munich on Friday to go to our favourite spa, Therme Erding. We spent about 5 hours there, swimming, drinking lovely Erdinger beer, and sweating in saunas. We had time for a few special sessions: first up an all male session, strangely located in a sauna themed like a Bavarian farmhouse kitchen, complete with chintzy curtains. An attendant arrived at 6:00 with bottles of beer and glasses and handed our cold alcohol-free Erdinger Weiss Beer. Then he started telling jokes in German and for all I know probably talked about the football too. Rather sweet, if perplexing. Second up a sauna with lots of steam from the rock tower in the middle, swished and swirled by a sweaty man with a towel. Sauna was 85°C and we had a handful of ice to rub where we wanted. Third up a salt sauna, in a sauna at 60°C. Big handful of salt with oils to rub all over and sweat into. Very nice after washing the salt off, leaving soft, silky skin. We tried lots more saunas: one at 100°C and one with a planetarium showing a disappointing sky vista about galaxies, that looked like to had been generated on an ancient PC. Dinner was lovely, in the middle of a little lake having beer and sausages in the buff. Costumes were banned from the whole complex, as were children.
Took an overnight train from Munich to Györ in Hungary, which was comfortable and had a good shower. Had time to explore Györ at 7:30 in the morning.
Then into our next stop at Celldomolk, which was a small rural town and we spent the time at the station having a tea at the Resti (with old locals drinking stronger stuff).
Omar met us at the train station for Somlo and drove us up to their vineyards, where preparations were well underway for the evenings party.
We stayed at Kolonics Guest House, just across the vineyard and had a rest there after lunch.
About 70 people came for the party. A mix of family, friends, neighbours and people from the industry. We were lucky to have a a vertical tasting from 2009 of their lovely Royal Somlo, and also tried some neighbouring wine made with the same Juefark grape.
Great main courses cooked over wood fires: a traditional goulash made from local grey beef and a kerelan style curry. Both lovely.
One of the other couples there were from Bristol! It was a lovely relaxing evening with some new and familiar faces.
Next day we were on a train at 9:15 for Budapest. We had four hours to explore the city. We walked up to the Royal Palace and old city of Buda. Then across the chain-lunk bridge to Pest for a winey lunch.
Finally on another train to Bratislava to get our flight back to Bristol.