Wednesday, 11 May, 2016 – Budapest
The main reason that we are at this Hotel is because of its famous Spas and its treatments / massages. So we start early by going down to the spa when we wake up which is around opening time of 6:30. There are lots of different pools with our primary selected one is the sulfur hotsprings where the temperature is around 38 C. It is quite stunning and relaxing. At one point there is an outlet where the hot water is sprinkled onto your head and body, again quite good.
Julie then goes to the whirlpool spa while I return to the room for a shower. When she returns she also has a shower and we go down for breakfast. It is a large room with lots of people, there is a large convention going on. No bacon today, which was my staple breakfast diet in Romania but there is enough to eat. One can also order eggs, bacon, omelot but I do not do that today.
Julie has something like 3 treatments today so heads off to her first one. I go back to the room for a bit more snooze.
Julie comes back from her first session but then quickly heads off to her next. I am continuing updating the Blog but the response time of the wireless in the room is non existant. So I head back down to the lobby again where the response times are great – makes all the difference.
I work away for quite a while, going back up to the room a couple of times to see if the cleaners had come, no. Eventually I am joined by Julie who finished the treatments but could not do a full clothing change because the cleaners were now in the room. I had just ordered a coke from the nearby bar so Julie looks at the menu and finds that they make one of her favourites which she orders from the bar and it is eventually delivered to our table.
I bumble around for the rest of the afternoon. Julie has booked me into a massage, the Deluxe massage at 4:00. Julie gets changed when the cleaners are done and leads me down to the masssage area. It is a little different kind of massage with more rubbing than usual but very good.
While I am on the table, she takes a walk around the Island on which the Spa Hotel is located. It is apparently about 5km. The following are photos taken along the way.
She returns to the room a bit after I come back from the massage and we have a glass of another wine, not as nice as the Bikaver.
Neither of us had anything to eat since breakfast so are looking for an early dinner. So after we finish our glass of wine, on the balcony, we go down to dinner once again in the Grand Hotel. We order the same wine, Bikaver, as last night.
We order our meals, some challenges since it is not a comprehensive menu but we do OK.
My soup was very chunky with lots of vegies and Romanian Grey Beef in it. Nice paprika flavours too.
I ordered saddle of hare and the waiter said, oh, the rabbit.
The hare is overcooked and a bit tough but quite tasty. It seems it is customary here to overcook foods.
That is about it for the day. Note that the point of the stay at this part of the trip is to relax and not go, go, go. I will see if Julie has any other photos to add for this day.
BTW: it has rained for the 8th straight day, ever since we landed in Romania.
The good news is that we get an email from our tour friends Jan and Hugh, from California, that they have safely arrived in Budapest. They are crashing for the night, which is pretty much what we did.