It is well known that the idiom “All roads lead to Rome” was actually stolen from the original “All roads lead to Budapest”. If you wish to travel from Szeged(on the Southern border of Hungary) to Slovenia(on the Western border), you must first go to Budapest, which lies near the Northern border of the country.
First thing in the morning we went to Bor Ter(wine festival) in Szeged to get wine glasses that we have collected most years. Sadly it was early and the booths were not yet open so we couldn’t enjoy any delicious wine, but it being illegal to drive with even a drop of alcohol in your system it was probably for the best.
After purchasing our motorway pass we settled in for a long and boring drive through the Hungarian farmland. First we would head North, then South-West, and finally West to reach Maribor, the start of our Slovenian vacation. Not a bad days drive at slightly under five hours. Heading North was uneventful, as was our South-West journey.
Nearing the border with Slovenia things got interesting. Dark clouds blotted out the sun and brilliant flashes of lightning took its place. I was enjoying this wonderful display of nature until we entered a downpour. Glad we had decided to take the Rolls instead of the convertible we quickly fogged up and both scrambled to fix the issue. Thanks to our quick reaction we cleared the windows and were greeted with exactly the same amount of visibility, courtesy of the intense rain.
Driving by following the reflectors on the painted lane directly in front of the car we soldiered on, stopping at a petrol station on the border to purchase a Slovenian motorway pass and give my eyes a rest from not blinking for the past half hour. Waking my eyes up we continued through these cats and dogs.
Nature did not loosen her grip until we found our rental house just outside the city , when we rewarded with a drizzle while escaping our car for a more comfortable structure.
We saw nothing of the Slovenian countryside or of Maribor that first day due to the wily combination of weather and darkness.