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Europe » Hungary September 28th 2019

On our first day of the river cruise we moored up at Solt which is in Hungary. We were driven over the Hungarian plains to a Horse Farm or Puszta Farm where we were given a glass of red wine and a piece of bread with pork fat and paprika on it! Not as bad as it sounds!. We were then treated to a show by the local horsemen who showed us their prowess with horses and whips. They also showed us the long horned grey cattle which are used for tilling the fields. We had a cart ride into the fields for a glass of apricot brandy and a bun and a tour round the stables where we saw close up the long horned sheep which were in the field nearby. A short pleasant trip ... read more
Parliament Building
Chain Bridge
Grey Cattle

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

Although we had been to Budapest before we ended up going back to the same places we visited before mainly because we were with different people who hadn't been before. We stayed at the Buda Castle Fashion Hotel ,a nice little friendly place in the old part of Buda. As it was late on our first night we walked out of the hotel and found a lovely little bar with a very friendly lady owner who also gave us meat and cheese to have with our wine. Can't remember the name but it is just down the road from Jamie Oliver's restaurant. The following day we visited St Matthias church which has some beautiful stencilled patterns on the ceilings and walls. The experience was somewhat spoiled by loads of Japanese taking selfies everywhere. After the obligatory ... read more
A little bar down from the hotel in Buda
Monument built by the people to celebrate end of  plague
Fisherman's Bastion

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

Slow start, breakfast and then a bus to the Fine Arts Gallery. Then back to , the city station. Which is an amazing old building that I’m sure could tell many a story. Not the one I arrived at. Budapest has 2 very large stations of different eras. But both old to anyone from Australia. I love the way the Europeans called something ‘new’ that is still very old to us. For some things they say, ‘new old’. A lot of homeless/beggars are in this area. Every city I’ve been to has had it homeless people or beggars but some seem more hidden in their city that others. Budapest’s homeless people have been more obvious as I’ve wandered around. More beggars also. I’m not sure what that means or if there are more but that’s how ... read more
Bookseller
Train Station
Train Station

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 18th 2019

A bit chilly this morning at 18 degrees but the sun eventually came out and warmed the day a little more. Today, I decided was going to be a quieter, slow day. Hopped on the bus and headed towards the cruise dock. I can’t come to Budapest and not cruise on the Danube River. In hindsight it would have been better on the 27 degree day but the Danube is the Danube. Arrived an hour too early so wandered off towards the Parish Church of the Blessed Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary nearby. Partly covered in scaffolding I found the entrance and the doors were so large and heavy in stunning 11 Century timber with a beautiful brass handle I could hardly open them. It required a ticket from the reception desk that was 1000 ... read more
City Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest September 17th 2019

A perfect weather day so jumped in the bus and headed back over to Buda. Walked up to the Citadel with the stunning monument of the Symbol of Budapest. A woman with strength in her physical build and her stance holding up a large olive leave to symbolise future peace. A good walk uphill that delighted in the most magnificent views of 360 Budapest and right along the Danube which is the second longest river in Europe. Heading back down on the bus I stopped at the waterfall at Rudy’s Furdo and ended up walking a fair way up the stairs again. There is always that sense of curiosity that takes you much further than intended. But once again the views didn’t disappoint. Unfortunately it was quite a dirty spot as well being littered with rubbish ... read more
Pest to Buda
Tunnel built in 1973, 100 years anniversary of unification to become Budapest
View down the Danube from the Citadel-

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 15th 2019

On the outside of the Terror Museum wall is a line of portraits of those who were executed or tortured to death by the Soviet regime during or soon after the Hungarian uprising of 1956. Below the portraits people have left dozens of candles, ribbons and lamps, many of them still alight. Inside of the museum are rows of portraits of Hungarians who perpetrated the torture and murder of their fellow countrymen. For reasons known only to the custodians there is a ban on photography inside which was disappointing. It’s hard to summarise the museum. It’s moving certainly, detailing the inhumanity of man but it’s also disjointed and confusing. Many of the exhibits were either unlabelled or only described in Hungarian or Russian. There were strands of barbed wire in a glass case, tattered items of ... read more
Budapest Shoes Memorial
Budapest Chain Bridge

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 12th 2019

12.08.2019. Our first full day in Budapest, we caught a HOHO bus this morning and spent a few hours being driven around Budapest. What a grand old city is it too. The architecture is wonderful. The temperature was hot, 33 or so, but luckily we could sit under the sunshade on the top deck. At some stage the driver decided to pull the awning right across the top of the bus, which was a jolly good idea! Aussie weather it reminded us of but even we don’t sit out in all that sun! The traffic was very heavy today so it was slow going on HOHO but we did the full circuit and opted for an early lunch. This afternoon, we found a beaut restaurant on the Pest side of the river where we had a ... read more
We loved the tiles on the church’s roof.  Plenty of this around Budapest.
From the Pest side of the river up to the castle
Budapest Castle at night.

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

Today is a day of two halves. I have plenty of time to see more of Budapest before catching the 15.34 train to Zagreb. After a fairly cloudy day yesterday I am pleased to look out of the window at a cloudless sky. I have an excellent breakfast in the Barceló - I am in the restaurant before 08.00 and it is still fairly quiet, although it gets much busier by the time I leave. I only need to check out at 12.00 so I head out early. I know it is going to be hot, and plan to get back soon after 11.00 to have another shower here so I can feel fresh for the trip to Zagreb. It is just brilliant to be so central. This morning I want to see other places that ... read more
Heroes Square
City Park
City Park

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 9th 2019

This is the first post of my travel blog. Please don't expect anything more than a few simple jottings! The purpose is in part to share my journey with friends and family. I am also writing it as a log for myself to remind me of the various places I will be touring to next summer when once again I do my side hustle (tour manager for Trans World Travel, based in Chicago). Day 1 sees me flying to Budapest. This is slightly at odds with the above title - Europe by Rail. However this is simply to maximise the time I have. I suspect that I have already tried to pack too much in which won't be a surprise to any of my friends, especially Sue!! It was pouring down as I left home. I ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest August 9th 2019

This is the first post of my travel blog. Please don't expect anything more than a few simple jottings! The purpose is in part to share my journey with friends and family. I am also writing it as a log for myself to remind me of the various places I will be touring to next summer when once again I do my side hustle (tour manager for Trans World Travel, based in Chicago). Day 1 sees me flying to Budapest. This is slightly at odds with the above title - Europe by Rail. However this is simply to maximise the time I have. I suspect that I have already tried to pack too much in which won't be a surprise to any of my friends, especially Sue!! It was pouring down as I left home. I ... read more




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