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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

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 26th 2018

Dag -2 Rondreis Roemenië Zondag 26/8/2018 – Budapest (H) Tweede etappe van onze Roemenië trip. 552 km van Passau tot Budapest. Het vies regenweer schijnt ons te volgen. Nog altijd op Autobahnen. In Oostenrijk in perfecte staat, later in Hongarije hoe dichter bij Budapest hoe hobbeliger. Het kost wel wat aan vignetten. Wat zeker opvalt op die Autobahnen, zijn de talrijke Roemeense en Bulgaarse camionnettenflatbeds zelfs met remorken geladen met één of meerdere W-europese 2de hands diesel personenwagens. Moet een lucratieve business geworden zijn. Het lijkt op georganiseerde colonnes. Er is dus nog hoop op een tweede leven voor de door onze regeringen gebande dieselwagens waar wij binnenkort nergens meer mee mogen rijden. Behalve dan in Oost-Europa en Africa. Hebben ze daar dan geen Tommeleins ? 's Morgens tijdens ons ontbijt op de Camperparking van Passau ... read more
Passau - MH parkeerplaats

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 8th 2018

Romantic Danube Viking River Cruise Viking had a sale on this voyage offering $300 airfare so I booked it in late 2017 and saved over $2,000 on airfare. I also decided not to spend extra for an extension before or after since this was just one of three vacations we had planned this summer I was trying to lilmit spending a little. The total was $7,800. This was a cruise that I had been wanting to take because it goes to Vienna and Budapest. Viking shows an amazing aerial view of the parliament building in Budapest in most of its advertisements and that caught my eye. It is an eight day and seven night cruise. Once again we chose a French balcony cabin because we feel like we want to be able to watch the countryside ... read more
Dining on the ship with our new BFF's!

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest July 20th 2018

Went downstairs to eat breakfast and there were 200 people in line. It pays to be gold. We went back upstairs to the executive lounge and had breakfast there, no wait, good food. After breakfast we went in search of the Viking representative and located them on floor -1. We told them we weren’t going on the included tour since we had done it last year, instead we asked them about the hop on/off tour. He explained we could get the tour along with the optional tour down the side of the mountain (where we were). We choose that option as I was NOT going to hike up and down this mountain. We met the electric car in old town and enjoyed our ride down the mountain. At the bottom we transferred to the hop on/off ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 13th 2018

Statues seem to be the thing in Budapest When we spot something that we think sticks out or is special in a place we occasionally dedicate an entire blog to this. We think of these as theme blogs. This selection of "theme" is made in a totally non-scientific way. It's only what we personally find interesting and what pops up in our minds when we try to absorb everything at once. Examples of these "theme blogs" are Bulgaria - monuments Kotor, Montenegro - balconies Sur, Oman - doors Cuba - Yank Tanks Rome, Italy - fountains ... read more
Overweight policeman
Peter Falk
Carlo Pedersoli/Bud Spencer

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 8th 2018

HE SAID... We were wide awake at 4am, so we caught up on a few work-related issues before heading down to breakfast at 7:30am. And like the day before, it was a fantastic affair – endless varieties of bread, cheese, cured meats and pastries, along with cereals, tea and juices. We knew we wouldn’t be eating until 2pm, so we fuelled up for a morning of walking. We headed straight for Elizabeth Town and the Jewish Quarter to get a feel for our neighbourhood, as it was very close to our hotel. With the help of a friendly local, we found a bank to withdraw some cash, then walked a short distance to the Great Synagogue for a guided tour of the second largest Jewish house of worship in the world. Our guide was a young ... read more
streets of lipotvaros
streets of erzsebetvaros
great synagogue

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 6th 2018

HE SAID... After touching down in Budapest in the early morning, we breezed through customs, jumped on a bus and headed for the city centre. Feeling a little overwhelmed and tired, we clambered off the bus, donned our packs and trudged towards our hotel with the aid of a tiny map picked up from a solemn staff member at the tourist information bureau. When we eventually arrived, we had been travelling non-stop for 30 hours (from our home in Tasmania to the hotel in Budapest), and were in desperate need of a shower. We crossed our fingers and hoped with all our hearts that our room was ready – the last thing we needed was to discover it wouldn’t be available until the early afternoon. The woman at reception was austere, and she gave the impression ... read more
jokai square
basilica of st stephen
basilica of st stephen

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 5th 2018

Very nice buffet breakfast. We're starting to meet other passengers. About 1/3 are Aussies, Scenic being an Australian company. Next largest contingent is Canadians at about 20. Besides our friends, there are at least two other couples from Ottawa, and a few more from GTO. The next largest group comprises Americans, followed by Brits. So the languge of the cruise is English only. The crew is mostly central/eastern Europeans plus some southeast Asians and Indians. The ship will depart tonight, but we have one more tour arranged in Budapest: a visit to the Szechenyi Baths. Budapest has a lot of hot springs, and the period when it was under the control of the Turks has left a legacy of spas. Szechenyi is one of the largest such facilities in the city. We board our bus, which ... read more
Heroes' Square

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 4th 2018

Today we transfer to the boat in the late afternoon. Our original plans were to head for the Market Hall for some last-minute window shopping, but we sleep in and find ourselves not in a mood to rush around. So after breakfast we pack up, check out, and make arrangements for our transfer. It's now about noon and we have a few hours to kill before pick-up. I elect to strike out solo for the Parliament, arguably the city's signature building, which we have already seen from a bus and from a boat, but not close up. I head north to Eiffel Ter, which boasts a beautiful unknown church on one side and a huge modern glass-and-steel train station on the other. Then I jog south briefly to connect with a street that heads west towards ... read more
Statue of Francis II, looking west across the Danube
Scenic Ruby
Parliament once again, this time at night from the water

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