Budapest to Sopron

Trip Start Apr 13, 2009
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Trip End Jul 14, 2009


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Friday, June 19, 2009

19th June
Budapest to Sopron
Sunny 33 degrees

We drove to Sopron which is in the western edge of Hungary near the Austrian Border. We passed some more farming land – the stork chicks up in their telegraph pole nests have grown and the fields of sunflowers are beginning to flower.  We arrived at Sopron at lunchtime and found the nice pensione we have booked for tonight then walked into the Centre of Town.  Sopron is lovely – it was once fully enclosed by a wall and has a firewatch/clock Tower (13th Century) which we climbed for a view of the town.  The Tower includes the Gate of Faith which is a symbol of the local villages' decision to remain a part of Hungary.  Next we visited the Goat Church (also known as The Church dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady) which was built by Franciscan Friars.  It has an elaborately decorated interior and the Chapter House contains Gothic Pillars.  We then walked along the cobbled winding streets of the old town past the many colourful and ornate buildings, lovely parks, statues and sidewalk cafes. 

Info: History of the Raven and the Ring statues
http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/destinations/east/hungarianking.htm
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