Margaret Island describe in the guide-book as a tranquil oasis in the middle of the Danube. Inhabited since Roman times and named after Princess Margaret, as the story goes her father King Bela IV swore that if he succeeded in repelling the Mongol invasion of 1241 he would offer his daughter to God. Once the Mongols were expelled he sent is nine-year old daughter Margaret to the St. Michael’s Church and convent, which he built on the island, and where Margaret spent her life. Today the island is the perfect escape from the busy city, where both single and family style bicycles are available for rental, and if this isn’t your fancy, horse-drawn carriage rides are also available. Bill and I spend a couple of hours walking the pathways, people watching, listening to the musical fountain, and drinking mulled wine.
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