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 that Budapest is famous for. So checking with the concierge, the closest and one of the most well known is a 25 minute walk from our hotel, so bundling up we walk along the river and cross the Liberty Bridge, where we encounter some cold winds coming off the river to the Gellert Baths. Paying our entrance fees we receive wrist bands that allow us in to some long hallway, then we find the desk to rent towels, robes and slippers, then off to find the changing rooms and lockers which are up a series of stairs. Having found a vacant changing room we store our clothes in lockers and go to find the pools - there are outdoor ones (too cold), an indoor pool for swimming (cap required) and finally we find some nice relaxing warm pools to soak in! Just getting to this point took some 20 to 30 minutes! They were very relaxing and therapeutic! Then it was lunch at the hotel next door where Vicki and I had stuffed cabbage (excellent) and Martha had a salad with chicken (unfortunately was not as tasty).
On the way back to the hotel, Vicki and I made a pass through the Great Market Hall to check out the many stalls selling meats, produce, clothing, souvenirs and food to go!
We had 6:00pm reservations at Bistro Rezkakas for dinner - early but we have a 3:00am taxi to the airport! Our pre dinner cocktails (wine and tea) were at the Four Seasons Hotel just across the street. What a beautiful hotel and their Christmas decorations were over the top! After a delicious dinner it was back to the hotel to pack and retire early! jc
P.S. Return to SoCal went well - spent next morning worked on expenses while doing laundry! Ugh!