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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest June 3rd 2018

Buffet breakfast at the hotel, where we meet up with our friends. Our designated mission today is to explore the remaining bus lines, orange and green. It is another really warm day with a forecast high of 28°. We have heard that this is unusually hot and humid for June and the locals are calling what we're experiencing a heat wave. From the Oktagon we transfer to connect with the Pest green line, which is offered on an electric trolley seating 10. The trolley takes us first past St. Stephen's Basilica, a huge church completed in 1905. The interior is apparently not-to-be-missed, but we will unfortunately miss it. The trolley then circumnavigates the Szabadsag Square to the north, which is framed by beautiful buildings and statuary. This circuit completed, we jump on the yellow line to ... read more
View of Budapest looking north from top of Gellert Hill
The Citadel
View of Budapest looking south from Citadel

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

We awake much refreshed by a good night's sleep. Our first task is to order tickets for the hop-on, hop-off bus and arrange for a tour of Parliament, the must-see building of Budapest. We are disappointed to find that the tours of Parliament are already sold out for today, and that Parliament itself is closed for a special event the next two days. That means we will not be able to see the inside of Parliament. But we do purchase our hop-on hop-off bus tickets for 48 hours. Next is an excellent buffet breakfast at the hotel. We are learning to appreciate Hungarian bread in particular, always hearty and toothsome. The local cheese is also excellent. We walk once again to the Oktogon and take first the blue line, the yellow line and then the red ... read more
Budapest from the Danube
Parliament from the Danube
On Margaret Island

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

We are flying to Budapest by way of Toronto (of course). When we get to Pearson, there is first a gate change and then a delay caused by a lightening storm that prevents ground workers from loading the plane. In all, a delay of 1 1/2 hours in leaving. Otherwise an uneventful 9-hour flight. By the time we collect our bags at the Budapest airport, it is about 2:30 pm Friday. We are happy to be met at the exit by Gabor from the hotel (as prearranged). It's about a 45-minute drive to central Budapest. The urban sprawl surrounding the city is not terribly attractive. Lots of concrete structures and wire fences, many dilapidated buildings. One thing we notice is an abundance of wild flowers growing everywhere along the route, adding some well-needed colour to the ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest May 24th 2018

The direct neighbourhood of our surprisingly well-located airbnb revealed a wealth of cultural opportunities. Though coming and going was a challenge because of all the stairs up to the apartment we had, once on the street we could set out in any direction with great results.... read more
Sculpture in the grounds of the Budapest Synagogue
Museum of Hungarian History and Culture
Going up the steps to the exhibition: 14 large rooms on the history of Hungary

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

King Bela IV promised God that if his kingdom survived the Mongol invasion, he would offer his daughter as a nun. As a consequence, Princess Margaret was sent, at the age of 9, to live out her days in a Dominican convent on the island in the Danube at Budapest. She is said to have performed many penitential acts and died at the age of 29. Thanks, Dad. Due to suggestions from friends who had already visited Budapest, we made sure that we visited Margaret Island, which is now a huge park for recreation. What a change it was from looking at building exteriors in medieval towns! It was a great change of pace and a delightful afternoon.... read more
Dancing fountain 2
Dancing fountain 3
Relaxing chairs placed roundabout for anyone to use

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

One of the major streets in Budapest is Andrassy Ut which leads out to Heroes' Square and the huge city park. At the end of the 1800s it was a grand boulevard lined with the homes of the very wealthy. Today it also has some embassies.... read more
The chieftans of the 7 Magyar tribes who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian Basin
Splendid horses' tails
Surmounting the pillar is the Archangel Gabriel holding the Hungarian Holy Crown

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest May 19th 2018

The aim had always been Budapest. But like the end of a good book, one wishes it would just go on. Anyway, our trip is only half over. Now we are on our own, deciding for ourselves what to do each day, where to go, what and when to eat... Stay tuned for: Budapest, Bratislava, Brno, Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam.... read more
Goodbye fabulous meals 3 times a day
Goodbye sharing the trip with our nephew Ron and Gabrielle
Hello Budapest, the capitall of Hungary

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

A weekend in Budapest Budapest is a city we like very much. She is beautiful and charming. She has been around for a few centuries and over those years she has seen plenty of interesting historical events take place within her borders. All you have to do is stop and listen to her stories and you could find yourself warped back in time and experience these episodes play out in your imagination. And let's not forget that she has some fabulous architecture and some great spas. Emma has two nieces, Jonna and Julia. When they turned 5 years and 10 years old we gave them a trip each. You can read about those trips if you click the following links: Jonna 5 year, Julia 5 year, url=../../Europe/United-Kingdom/England/Greater-London/Londo... read more
The parliament building by night
Buda Castle
Two churches in Buda lit up at night

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest April 24th 2018

We left Munich early and arrived in Salzburg in the morning. We parked near Schloss Mirabell and made our own tour of the filming locations from the Sound of Music. Everywhere you go, you are reminded that this is Salzburg’s favourite movie. Film locations include the winged Pegasus statue, the grumpy gnomes, the Mozart bridge, the Felsenreitschule Riding School and Salzburg Marionette Theater. Of course, we visited them all over the course of the day. Riley really liked the playground at Mirabell Park that had a pyramid that reached over 40 feet with a big slide at the top. We crossed over the Salzach River into the old town and had lunch in a cozy outdoor courtyard. I moved the car to a parking lot located inside a mountain and went off to visit the Horse ... read more
Re-enacting the Sound of Music at the Entrance to Mirabell Palace
Makartsteg Bridge (with love locks)
View of Salzburg from Hohensalzburg Fortress

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Pest April 10th 2018

Today we revisit the Central Market when the doors are open. We have been there before but it’s worth a return visit and is the cheapest place, with the greatest range, to buy traditional linen and crocheted articles in Budapest. Taking the escalator to the first floor, you realise how large the market is. In 1896, 5 markets were opened simultaneously in Budapest. Four of these markets supplied their local area, whereas the Central Market No1 was designed to supply a greater range of goods for the Budapest region. It covers 10,400 square metres indoors and its location was chosen due to its proximity to road, rail and river transport. There was a 120 meter tunnel joining the Market to the Danube to facilitate the easy movement of goods from boats. The ground floor is dedicated ... read more
Peppers And Paprika

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