Budapest - 20 Years Later


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July 19th 2009
Published: July 20th 2009
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Budapest looked a lot different, 20 years ago, when Hungary was still a Communist country. The changes we saw were mostly positive and the development was impressive. Restaurants and shops seemed to be doing a good business even in the present economic situation. The malls were big, flashy, and busy with lots of book stores and designer shops. The Internet Cafe that we used was in an old restaurant called, "Johann Strauss Cafe and Caviar Bar". It looked like something straight out of the 1800's.

Navigating the city was the biggest challenge. Buying tram, subway, and bus tickets was a bit tricky with machines that were totally in Hungarian without any numbers or price denominations, or that had ticket booths that were closed or non-existent. Walking the crowded sidewalks, which were shared with the bikes, was also a challenge. The bikers didn't slow down and we had several close calls with the local speed demons. After 3 weeks on the peaceful alpine trails of Switzerland, it was a bit much to endure.

We did LOTS of walking and tried to see as much of the city as possible in the 4 days we were there. It was much cleaner and was a much more pleasant visit since we had nice weather. My main memories from our first visit were cold weather, rain, gray buildings, and plywood toilet seats. Happily, this time, those memories were not repeated.

From Budapest it was on to Slovakia, Czech Republic, and into Poland in 3 long travel/sightseeing days. We're now settled into Zakopane, Poland for 5 days enjoying the Tatra Mountains and having NICE weather.


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Budapest Opera HouseBudapest Opera House
Budapest Opera House

Built in 1884 and Franz Liszt was one of the concert masters.
Szechenyi Baths in the City ParkSzechenyi Baths in the City Park
Szechenyi Baths in the City Park

These are one of the very large and very famous thermal baths in Budapest. Over 2000 hot springs are located under the city.


20th July 2009

Great dialouge
Hi Pam, Loved your comments on Budapest, will be living there in two weeks if you are traveling that way contact Linda Cleary and she can put you in touch with me.
23rd July 2009

Great photo
Great photo of you, it looks like you are having fun and getting younger, think I will have to schedule a trip to Budapest. Love ya

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