Friday, July 26, 2013

Day 5 ... Margaret Island, Pest, Hungary

The plan was to go to Vienna on Friday, but maybe a good thing we didn't.  The city seems to be pretty quiet on a Saturday.   So instead of heading out in the car, which was probably a good thing too as the traffic seemed murderous.   I googled the swimming pool on Margaret Island and it was relatively cheap, cheaper than Aquaworld, so that was it descision made.

I wrote down the directions from Google maps:

From Déak Ferenc Tér take the M3 Subway towards Ujpest-kozk
-> Go 2 stops and get off at Nyugati Pályaudvar 300 HUF each
-> Walk to Nyugati pályaudvar M
-> Take Bus Nr. 26 Arpád hid M (8 stops) 350 HUF each after first having to find out where to buy the ticket, so had to go back to the Metro get a ticket and then wait for the next bus.  Metro tickets are used for both the bus and the underground.

Getting pretty good at this, except we didn't get off at the right stop, but that wasn't a problem we walked back, it was a beautiful walk through the park, very leafy with an ice-cream stop on the way.  You can also rent a bicycle or a Golf cart to travel around the Island, something we need to do.

So arrived at Palatinus Strand - the huge complex is fed by the Margaret Island thermal springs and consists of three thermal pools, an extra-large swimming pool, a smaller artificial wave pool, a water slide.  We spent most of the time in the pool cooling off, had a really nice shwarma for lunch and then headed home at about 7 PM.   Again needing a shower by the time we got home!

Really nice relaxing day.  

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