Margaret Island

The other half was constantly intrigued by the island in the middle of the Danube. This green, leafy oasis is Margaret Island and it allows a peaceful break from the city.

The island has a range of activities on offer from sedate walks, to a zoo, water park, pubs and clubs.

Imagine how his little face lit up when he also learnt the following things: There were pedal cars, and a musical fountain! (Following the epic, soul destroying episode of the non-event Font Magica in Barcelona, he has been pining for a good musical water feature)

So, like an over sized pair of loons, we were crammed into a tiny, battered child’s toy for a breakneck carouse around the island.

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There are a variety of rules involved in “driving” a pedal car. Stay on the marked routes, do not off-road, do not terrorise pedestrians. Neil proceeded to ignore them all.

Attempting to side slide the dinky motor, at one point almost getting us onto a main road (pooed myself at that point) haring across flower beds and generally being a menace.

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Contrary to appearances I am not actually drunk in charge of a child’s toy! Although having whacked my shins on the dash board once too often I think I wished I had been . .

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After our terrifying jaunt around the island we went for a much needed beer and pizza and watched the legion of joggers who use the island as a circuit lap.

History time! (Plus random snaps of the island’s musical water feature to intersperse amongst the thrilling history lesson)

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In the middle Ages it was called the Island of Rabbits (Nyulak szigete) and was a royal hunting reserve.

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In the 13th century King Béla IV. founded a nunnery on the island and made a vow to sent his daughter, Princess Margaret there if he could rebuild the country devastated by the Mongols.

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After the invading Mongols returned home, faithful to his vow Béla sent the 11-year old Margaret to the convent. Since then the island has been know by her name.

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Until 1901 the island could only be approached by boat or ship but the part of the Margaret Bridge that now leads onto the island was built in 1901.

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But enough of that, there’s fountains! Musical fountains! With coloured lights! JOY!

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