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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 19th 2019

We had set in motion ideas for our 10th Anniversary quite some time earlier. I had always fancied a cruise and so a cruise to Norway was booked. In the meantime several life events have overtaken us and the high price tag and Southampton departure meant it wasn't such a good option. So thinking caps back on and a trip to Hungary, Slovakia and Austria with rail connections ticked all the boxes 😅 The Ryanair flight ✈️ to Budapest was mid afternoon and although it was more costly than our usual flights, it wasn't bad at £216 for the both of us which included the priority and extra leg room. The timing was perfect though - time for me to get my nails done 💅 in the morning without rushing, along with a late lunch at ... read more
Parliament at night
Shoes on the Danube
Children's Railway

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 11th 2019

Budapest.....Day 1 We arrived at the airport and looked for my name on a board as the Metro from the airport to the city is under repair and we would need to swop onto a bus along the way, so I got our Amber Garden View Apartment fellow to organise a taxi for us. We had a very pleasant ride with a chatty driver and learnt some of the city history on the way. Our apartment was a good choice, very central and walking distance to most things. After settling in we went for a walk around and down to the river front. We found a restaurant in the walking street and ordered our food. It eventually came, as we had ordered local fish with chips for two, we were expecting good food, when it arrived ... read more
Inside our Amber Garden Apartment.
local train goes over the bridge.
Budapest Bridge

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 2nd 2019

The bus leaving Bratislava didn't arrived for the scheduled 4pm departure. The Austrian girl we were sitting, waiting with said she had got a text saying that there was a 90 minute delay so we sat under the shelter of the outdoor bus bay surrounded by lightning and thunder storms waiting for its arrival. It arrived at 5pm and after the poor, exhausted driver checked everyone's passports and loaded their luggage we ended up leaving at 5.20pm, only 10 minutes before the next bus service was scheduled to leave for Budapest, making it even more frustrating for the driver in explaining to most of the people waiting that it wasn't their bus. I felt for him. Christina, the Austrian girl who lived in Budapest, helped us get off at an earlier stop in Budapest called Kelenfold and showed ... read more
Great Market Hall

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest April 27th 2019

What a beautiful city !!! Budapest is my favourite of these Eastern Europe cities . The buildings are lovely .it is really easy to get around , the streets are fascinating where-.ever I have been and getting lost is a pleasure .Although the people do not seem overly friendly they are helpful. . The streets here are relatively straight and have a logical pattern and the street maps are easy to read as the corner building always has the name of the street on it (Prague ,s map was good also ) There are many pedestrian areas . Food is really good , i had wild boar with blueberries on a scone last night , and the subway ,tram and bus system are efficient and not to expensive , a 24 hour pass is @4 dollars ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest October 1st 2018

Great rooms at Sheraton, comfortable bed and good big bathroom with walk in shower. After sleep in and good breakfast departed Zagreb at 9am. Long drive today with 2 stops and border crossing into Hungary. Arrived Budapest river port 4pm, easy bording, room 321 which is lovely and almost new. Good sized room, bed & bathroom. To lounge for cuppa , then explore the ship. Unpack bags, then meet in lounge for welcome by Cruise director, Marion, Captain & hotel manager. Straight to dinner which was perfect, then departed for night lights cruise past the city buildings. Sat on sundeck for a while, breezy & cold but worth it for views. Turned around for cruise past again then tied up for the night. Good hot shower then bed. ... read more
TM Jewel, our ship
Lounge area

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 14th 2018

We started today’s route riding on quiet lanes and dykes. It seemed that we didn’t read our navigation instructions properly and ended up on a busy road, on the wrong side of the railway tracks, though thankfully only for a few kilometers. We eventually found the route and cycle lanes into the centre. The route into the city follows the Danube, passing Margaret Island and a number of bridges. We were aiming to cross at the Chain Bridge, where we would be within a kilometre of our accommodation at Wombat Hostel. The entrance is spectacular, passing impressive buildings and monuments, including the Parliament building on the opposite bank. To the right are the Fisherman’s Bastion, Matthias Church and the citadel. The roads were busy, but the bike lanes were good. After crossing the Chain bridge, we ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 9th 2018

We had a very comfortable stay at Ister Apartments in Esztergom. Tunde our host, was very friendly and helpful and had looked after us very well, keeping us supplied with fresh fruit and tomatoes from her garden. We set off at 10, on a not too strenuous day, about 60 km, that would allow us time to do a few excursions on route, taking ferry crossings on the river, and exploring the towns along the river. A quiet cycle lane hugging the Danube takes you out of Esztergom, but we had to take a short stretch of busy road, about 4.5k to our first ferry crossing to Szob (fare 900 forint, 450+450 for bike). Cycle lane follows the river through the beautiful Danube Bend where it breaks between steep mountainside and cliffs. At Nagymaros we took ... read more
On the road to Szentendre

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 2nd 2018

Our last day in Budapest started with a short walk to the Great Synagogue on Dohany Street to start our tour of the Jewish Quarter. This synagogue, the largest in Europe and second largest in the world, is also significant as a monument to the remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust. We started the tour at the Jewish Museum, which contains many beautiful donated artifacts, and then moved on to view the synagogue and the grounds which contain the Heroes' Temple, the graveyard, and the Memorial. We visited the graveyard where over two thousand of those who died in the ghetto from hunger and cold during 1944-1945 are buried. The names of those who were able to be identified line the mass grave. To the back of it is the Heroes' Temple, which is used ... read more
Dohany Street Great Synagogue
Items from the Synagogue's Museum

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 1st 2018

Our second day in Budapest, we decided to cross the chain bridge and explore the Buda side and its two hills, Gellert and Varhegy. Our hotel was within easy walking distance so, after a very generous and varied breakfast buffet that was included with our stay, we made our way leisurely across the beautiful bridge and headed along the Danube towards Gellert Hill. It was hot, much hotter than we had hoped, so not rushing was a must. The Danube Promenade on the Buda side was lined with nice parks, and lots of restaurants and cafes. It was a nice stroll. The climb to the hill was challenging, with equal parts steps and steep lanes, but we stopped at various levels for a break and to admire the view from different levels. There are shady benches ... read more
Entrance to Palace Gardens
Entrance to Gellert Hill

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 31st 2018

The flight to Budapest was brutal, New Orleans to Detroit, Detroit to Amsterdam with a four hour lay over in Amsterdam, and then another flight to Budapest. It started very cheerfully. We had premium seats so, before the plane even left, we had been greeted with a glass of sparkling wine. We had a couple more, and then wine with dinner, and after dinner. But then there were only a couple of hours left to the flight and I found it impossible to get any sleep. So, by the time we arrived in Amsterdam, the euphoria from the start of the trip and the wine had long left me. The arrival in Amsterdam was surprising, because we only had to clear passport check and then we were back in the airport waiting for our next flight. ... read more
Shoes on the Danube
Shoes on the Danube
Shoes on the Danube

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