Wordless Wednesday: Cathedral Candlelight

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Fall in Hungarian Forest

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I spent a week this fall in the forests of Hungary.

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It was just me, the conference of about 60 from all over the world, and about 100 octogenarian Hungarians.

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Apparently the hotel has a reputation for relaxation and good buffet dinners.

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I enjoyed hiking in the forest as early as I could convince my jet-lagged bod to head out the door.

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I also spent an afternoon in nearby Sopron.

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It’s not a tourist town per se, so it felt like a view into the lives of real Hungarians.

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The ancient fire tower helped guard the city.

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Which today, is just a charming little town.

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Some day I hope I’m as cute as these two old ladies, with a best friend or sister to sit backwards on a bench with and chat about the day in the fall sunshine.

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But until then, there are many more paths to pursue.

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Devil’s Backbone

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As we drove past it, I inadvertently gasped. There it was, jutting out the hill and scraping the sky like a claw.

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It turns out the Devil’s Backbone was just next to our Airbnb. We didn’t have much time, but we made time to hike it.

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I was hoping to scale the rocks, but it turns out they’re too fragile. So we were limited to the trail that winds around beside this incredible rock formation.

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The only time we had was on a gray rainy morning, and since I’m the queen of not being prepared for weather, We started out the hike with trash bag rain gear. Because we’re classy.

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And that’s why these are all iphone photos: I wasn’t willing to haul my SLR out into the drizzle.

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It was a great, easy hike with the kids (though they whined plenty), and I could have gone much longer.

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But we had to rush back, since we were late for lunch at the Silver Grill.

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