We spent two nights and one day in the Hungarian countryside visiting my friend’s uncle and aunt and another cousin.  Once more I was fed amazingly delicious Hungarian food.  Two Hungarian words that I quickly learned were finom (excellent, pronounced like “phenom”) and eleg (enough)!  In the morning, we relaxed in the sunroom and I looked through a coffee table book with beautiful photographs of Hungary.  In the afternoon, we went to a nearby hot springs spa.  This one was part of a resort and had a variety of small and large pools with different temperatures of water and different levels of minerals in the water.  It also had an echo pool, an aromatic pool, a diving pool and a water slide.  I felt a kid playing in a water park!  We even had a beer sauna — the beer was poured on the hot rocks, we didn’t get to drink it.  In the evening, we visited a local wine cellar.  Several regions in Hungary produce wine and there are small and large wineries every where.  The wine cellar was actually closed on Monday but the owner left a key with my friend’s cousin and left out six bottles of wine for us to taste.  We also got to see the production facility, which has a real cellar.

The outdoor pools at the hot springs spa.  The white pile on the hill is salt that has been removed from the water.

The outdoor pools at the hot springs spa. The white pile on the hill is salt that has been removed from the water.

After the spa, we had dessert at a cafe in Eger.  Cake soaked in rum and covered with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

After the spa, we had dessert at a cafe in Eger. Cake soaked in rum and covered with chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

The actual cellar at the wine cellar with casks of wine.

The actual cellar at the wine cellar with casks of wine.

Different varieties of wine grapes

Different varieties of wine grapes