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Dec 28, 2019 - Budapest

December 28 Our last day in Budapest! We slept in a little, but managed to make it to breakfast at 8:30 and what a breakfast the hotel put on! There was an omelet station, the usual American options ( cereals, scrambled eggs, etc.), typical Indian foods, beans, tomatoes and sausages for the Brits , lots of fresh fruit, all kinds of breads and even smoothies (anti-aging, energy and de-tox). As we were leaving, the line at the entrance for breakfast was about 30 deep! Our plan for the day was to check out one of the two dozen thermal baths...

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Dec 27, 2019 - Budapest

We left our wonderful cruise ship this morning around 9:30 and ventured off to our Sofitel Hotel in Budapest. The cruise manager Nick did a fantastic job of getting all of his 120 passengers off on time and no hitches. He was great and very entertaining the whole trip. The Sofitel Hotel is a beautiful hotel sitting on the Danube, next to the Four Seasons and has fantastic views of the river and historic buildings across the river. We had great room and magnificent views. The hotel is a French owned line…and their Christmas decorations...

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Nov 17, 2019 - Welcome to Vienna

Check-in time for our Vienna Airbnb wasn’t until 2pm so we had a leisurely morning before catching the 11:30am train to Vienna. Leaving Budapest, we showed out tickets to the conductor and thought that was the end of it. A change of conductors at the town before crossing the border and within five minutes of leaving the station we were advised “Tickets please, you are no longer in Hungary!!”. Obviously, the Austrians wanted to check the tickets for themselves. We have spent the last two days wandering around this beautiful city and trying...

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Round the World 2019

Nov 13, 2019 - Time for something different!

And now for something completely different! We have been on the go for a few weeks now and decided to have a massage and soak in some very old and very famous thermal hot baths. It has been incredibly easy to work out the Metro system here in Budapest and after one metro line change, we arrived at the station directly in front of the Gellert thermal baths. There are several public thermal baths in Budapest and after some serious research, Craig chose Gellert. Although there was only one outside pool in operation (coming into winter and low...

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Round the World 2019

Nov 12, 2019 - Extra Update

Hi Everyone, I have not caught up wth my Blog yet but thought I would keep you abreast of our travel plans. As many of you would know, we are due to fly to Buenos Aires and Santiago on Tuesday. The first part of this organised tour to Patagonia is in the south of Chile, but we were then heading to Santiago for 4 days before flying home. Our very honest AirBnb host advised us that the current civil unrest is happening within 50 mtrs of our booked apartment and therefore, we have decided to cancel our plans to the capital. We are currently...

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Nov 12, 2019 - Another sobering memorial

This morning I decided to get up early to see if there was any chance of catching sunrise down by the Danube. I had heard about the Holocaust Memorial on the bank of the Danube so headed straight there. The advantage of getting up early is of course no tourists in your shots – plus you get to see a city coming to life. The memorial, Shoes on the Danube, is a tribute to all those shot by the Arrow Cross Party. Between 1944-45, many Hungarians, for many different reasons, were forced to strip naked on the banks of the Danube and face the...

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Nov 11, 2019 - Welcome to Budapest

I must have gotten more sleep than I thought – our I was just bone tired from being constantly woken! I manage to get down the tiny ladder to use the bathroom and was surprised to find that it was 7:40am; we were due to arrive into Budapest at 8:30am. Trying not to wake Craig, I got dressed and ventured outside of our little cocoon to find a beautiful, golden morning. I have to say, the autumn leaves really are stunning in this part of the world. After chatting with the conductor, I was told in passing that our train wasn’t headed to Kelti...

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Sep 27, 2019 - Budapest

With only a day to see the splendors of Budapest, I opted for an organized city tour. When the bus rolled up, we all clambered in, a motley crew of tourists and travelers from all corners of the globe, all anxious to see what Budapest had to offer. The tour took us through the Castle District which is the old walled part of Budapest. There are two very distinct parts of the district -- the Old City and the Royal Palace. The Old City is a typical medieval town with narrow winding streets, painted houses and old ornate churches. The Royal...

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Sep 17, 2019 - Last Day in Budapest

We have 1:15 tour tickets today for Parliament. First we go to the Vodafone store to see if I can get my four digit code to unlock my phone. Yesterday returning to Budapest I misplaced my wallet which contained my card with with the European Sim card that had the pertinent information on it. I either dropped my wallet at the Szentendre train station or on the train! It contained some Hungarian cash and a credit card also. But luckily I had left some cash and another credit card in the apartment! Back to the metro to head towards Parliament...

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Sep 16, 2019 - Szentendre

Today we decided to visit Szentendre on the Danube Bend instead of trying to get to Eger as was our original plan. We were advised Eger would be a challenge to do as a day trip and Szentendre is a very popular destination with the locals. It was an easy trip--the blue line to the red line to the suburban train. It was a colorful Balkan-feeling village known as an artist's colony and we enjoyed walking the streets and checking out all the shops. It was very warm so we started with cold drinks and hummus with pitas when we first arrived on...

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Sep 15, 2019 - Exploring the Metro and sites

Today we decide to check out the underground Metro as we have been utilizing the trams and buses - the Budapest metro system is efficient and seems to be quite timely. We ride the Blue line to get to the Yellow Line, with one slight mishap as we got off one stop to soon for the connection! The Yellow line is the first Metro Line built on the continent and originally had horse-drawn cars. Our first destination is the Great Synagogue (Zsinagoga), the second largest in the world. We arrive at the synagogue 10 minutes prior to the 10:00 am...

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Sep 14, 2019 - Buda Side

Today our plan is to take the Blue Tour on the HOHO bus which is on the Buda side of the Danube. To get to Stop 1 we used our Metro cards to take the tram to the Chain Bridge and walked across the river. Stop 1 was Gellert Hill to see the Citadel, the Liberation Monument, and a panoramic view of the city. While the bus got us most of the way up, there was still a small hike to the top. The monument is the most distinctive skyline feature of the city and was originally built by the Russians "to the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes...

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