Okay, we tried it last year and it feel victim to COVID. So, let’s try it again this year.
I picked September/October as that seems pretty safe.
Join me for my birthday on the Nemzeti Vágta weekend.
Date is a bit uncertain as of yet. The Nemzeti Vágta generally takes place in mid-September to mid-October. So, for now, let’s use the 2020 date (adjusted to put it back on the weekend) = Saturday, October 10th for the Nemzeti Vágta finals. Starts in the morning and runs till mid afternoon if memory serves me correctly.
I love September and October in Budapest so my guess is I will arrive around the 1st of October and depart around the 17th give or take a few days one side or the other. Somehow I will work at least one other country into the trip. Right now WizzAir has direct flights to Ukraine, Georgia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia: all places where I can get a few days of fly fishing in before the weather gets too cold.
But for the gathering. Something like this:
Friday, October 9th
I thought I would run up to Szentendre if anyone is interested. Late morning train up (maybe 10am), then the boat back (5pm).
Saturday, October 10th
Begin with breakfast at The Lion’s Locker. Great family that owns the place.
Then walk up Andrassy ut to Hero’s Square for the Nemzeti Vágta. Andrassy ut usually looks like this:
But during the Nemzeti Vagta it will look more like this, lined with vendors selling food, crafts, etc
And here is sort of a crazy view of what is along Andrassy ut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwRvxLEJc_w
For me the beginning is the most interesting. Watching the horses parade around the track. Then watch a few races…..
Then maybe a late lunch nearby at Paprika Vendeglo.
Then, after lunch, maybe someone would be interested in the Hungarian Railway Museum. It’s also not too far from Hero’s Square, but we will ride the bus.
And then meet in the evening for drinks