Boat Trip, Day Seven

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[Our first river trip was to Kalocsa.  It is one of the oldest towns in Hungary, noted for its paprika.  It’s population is only 18,000 . . . so think Alex plus La Grand township.  Our first stop was at St. Joseph’s church where one of our tour guides introduced an organ recital by a local priest . . . ]

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[And here he is!  Blew our socks off with Bach!!]

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[Reetz ponders the meaning of life . . . as well as the state of IU basketball!]

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[If you guessed “in the church,” you win a cookie.]

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[Should you ever deign to visit Kalocsa, here’s a handy-dandy map for you.]

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[The city may be small but is of some import.  This is St. Mary Cathedral in Holy Trinity Square . . . ]

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[And this is the Archbishop Palace.  Yup, they housed an archbishop.]

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[Various statuary in the Square, accented by The Biddies.]

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[Leaving the city (and the Cathedral), we passed Franz Liszt, the great Hungarian composer who visited Kalocsa many times.]

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[On the road again, through the Great Hungarian Plain.  Karen also ponders the state of IU basketball as we pass by another rapeseed field.]

Do you like horses?

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[We were busing inland from Kalosca to see a performance of traditional Puszta horsemanship.  Now, I’m not a horse guy, but this was a terrific show with skilled riders and well-trained horses.]

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[This guy entertained our arrival with traditional Hungarian flute.]

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[The Super checks things out . . . ]

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[Popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jack!]

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[The family Gross settled into the first row.  I’m glad we didn’t . . . ]

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[First, the beasts of burden (I know how you feel guys – I’ve been on shopping trips with the Supervisor!).]

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[The guy with the cute “little ass” was a crowd favorite.]

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[There was a mud puddle in front of where we were sitting (intentionally, we believe), so whenever they flew by at a high rate of speed we got splattered a bit.  Kind of like being at a Gallagher concert.  And the guy riding the 10 horses at once is like one more horse away from setting a world record!]

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[I wanna pet the baby!]

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[Wagon ride!]

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[Who has more fun than The Biddies?  (Or did I ask that already?)]

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[Cows!]

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[Cornelia and Reetz reminisce about the good ole days.  Remember the night we got into the slivovitz? Oy!!]

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[Never, ever turn your back on a 70-year old woman with a whip in her hand!  Well, it was time to shop at the horse place.]

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[Take my picture with this flowery bush.]

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[Then it was back to the boat for “in case the boat sinks” practice.]

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[We’re No. 1!]

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[Destined to be a family Gross holiday card photo for years to come.]

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[This is Jarl.  Our boat was named after him.  He was a grandson of Odin.  Quite the dude.]

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[Our final quick stop in Hungary.  Mohacs is a customs check point.  The countries along our route are in various stages of application to the European Union.  Until then, you have to play the passport game.]

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[From Mohacs we round the bend heading for Croatia.]

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[And here’s their customs boat lest they have to run us down.]

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[Once again, your job is to match the food to the menu . . . ]

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[Say good night, Gracie.]

If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun.  ~  Katherine Hepburn

Up next:  A surprise?

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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