The day after our Senior Missionary Conference, we traveled by boat up the Danube to Szentendre. It is about a one hour trip north of Budapest. There are a series of picturesque towns around there. This town is wonderfully restored and kept up and lived in. Although it is touristy, it is not blatant.
It was a wonderful day – temperature was just right. We wandered around looking at the charming little curved streets, alley ways, winding steps, churches and of course, shops!
Several of the seniors bought some hand-made “secret” boxes made by a craftsman in this town. He carved the grand-children’s names for them, while they waited. I did not get a picture of his shop, unfortunately.
Below is the church on the hill. It is called the St. John the Baptist Church and inside it there are some absolutely beautiful paintings and decor.
One of the altars dated to the 1790s… There was a lady who sat in the foyer and watched the church during the day. Perhaps she had a shift to sit there and protect this beautiful relic of their town. She only spoke Hungarian and German. I unfortunately had to tell her (Hunglish) that some young boys were using a black marker pen on the walls surrounding the church yard. I guess that grafitti is a world-wide problem. I talked to the boys and said what they were doing was destructive; but they disagreed and argued with me. I should have taken their picture!
On the way down from the church.
In this store I bought a blue and white pot holder that had a pocket with a “chicken” inside. The chicken becomes a hot pad handle and between the pot holder and the chicken, you can take something out of the oven with two hands.
I found this website with more information about Szentendre: http://www.budapestvacationservice.com/day_trips_outside_of_budapest.html