Monday, June 13, 2011

Lake Balaton. It's a Lot of Fun

This past weekend we went to Lake Balaton.
It's a beautiful spot and only an hour drive from Budapest.
McLendon family photo...
Are we sweaty? Check.
Hot and stinky? You bet.
I think Claudia was actually whispering in my ear: "psst... Mommy... you smell. Baaaaaad!"
I smiled and ignored this comment.
We stayed on the Tihany side of the lake. It had a cute little village up in the hills. This little chapel was built in the 1400s. Most of the houses in the village still have thatched roofs. Until this, I don't think I'd ever really seen a thatched roof.
Beautiful view of the mountains that surround the lake.
There were lots of little vineyards around the lake.
Lake Balaton... dotted with little sail boats. I saw a few big, fancy boats, but other than that, the watercraft of choice was the sail boat. It was odd and refreshing to be on a lake with no smell of gasoline and no constant whirring of engines.
We walked around the village, commenting on the flammability of the thatched roofs
until Claudia passed out out from sheer excitement.
We revived her with raspberry ice cream and apple juice.
Claudia enjoyed herself the most when she was in the water.
I suspect she is part fish.
She even stuck her little head underwater a few times.
I reflect on her "minnow division" swim lessons at the Y last year and laugh.
She pretty much lasted five minutes every lesson.
Now we have to force her (and crab) out of the pool.
She also did yoga in the sand. I'm not sure where this self-taught yoga comes from, but I need to take more pictures to share. Everyday she demonstrates a new move and announces she is "doing my yoga." I don't "do yoga." Where did it come from? I'm at a loss.
If I could give my daughter any gift, it'd be a life time pass to ride the Tihany Express choo choo.
She pretty much smiled and screamed (happy screams) the whole time. When Claudia gets really happy, she screams. We always get concerned or confused looks, but I honestly think it is the most hilarious thing ever. I'll have to video-tape ... err, record, this so you can understand.
The Tihany Express took us on a tour around the lake and up into the hills.
Some of our friends took a trip to Balaton during the winter. During the frigid Hungarian winters the lake completely freezes over. The sport of choice is then ice sailing and ice sledging. I'd like to go back during the winter to see one of the ice sailing competitions.
Or maybe not. I forget that I hate the cold. And most sports involving cold weather.
While Claudia was napping I tried my hand at a new-to-me sport ... stand up paddle surfing.
You stand up on a surf board and paddle your way around. Really complicated. I have to say I loved this. It turned out to be a good workout, but not too tiring. Plus I could paddle around by myself, take in the surroundings and just think about nothing. It could also be a fun group activity.
I paddled around the sailboats...
... and took in the view of the mountains that surround the lake.
Bop trying to wriggle out of Daddy's arms.
She has monkey-like skills when it comes to getting out of a hug.
At other times the monkey is quite willing to be carried...
... and kissed.
Claudia and Oatmeal on the ferry ride home.
Bye Balaton. It was a lot of fun.

3 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful! Glad you guys had fun - we would like to go sometime and will need your tips. I'm impressed with your surfing! Looks fun!

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  2. I still say video-tape, too!
    We need to get the girls together some time y'all are home. They would be a trip together.

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  3. GREAT pictures. So sweet :) The lake looks beautiful!

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