Martha, Judi, and I gathered on the Sundeck of the AmaSonata under clear, blue skies with our cameras....cold and windy! We were approaching the city of Budapest. Our cruise director gave a guided talk...Pest to our left side of the Danube was the flat, commercial area; Buda on the right side was the hilly, residential area of the city. We sailed under the well known Chain Bridge...one of seven bridges connecting the two sides. After docking we went on a guided tour of Budapest learning of its history...quite a beautiful city. While buildings looked very old, our guide shared that most of of the buildings had to be rebuilt due to the various wars. The buildings that were ‘ugly’ were the ones built by the Russians! Education, music, and food are focal points. At the last Christmas market on this tour, Judi, Martha, and I headed to an indoor cafe for coffee and dessert....needed to warm up!.
Then it was back to the ship for an afternoon of packing and preparing to disembark on Friday morning. Before dinner we enjoyed a performance of their folk dances...the more traditional ones and also some more modern variations...delightful and energetic. After dinner the ship moved to a different location...giving us the view of Budapest at night ....all the lights lit up this beautiful city...vm