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Apr 30, 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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Mar 19, 2019 - Budapest, Hungary: First Day

I can hardly believe I’m in the exotic city of Budapest. There is more to do here then I have time for. I had an early morning flight from Malta of about 2 a half hours. So arrived in plenty of time to do something. I decided an a visit to the Turkish Bath. A real curiosity to me having read about them. And it was a little intimidating. The place is huge. Inside the rectangle of yellow buildings a an outdoor place about the size of a football field. Two large circular pools with temperature of about 96 degrees for a large number of people...

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Jan 27, 2019 - Are you from Buda or Pest?

Our morning started with the exciting news that Diana’s luggage was downstairs at the reception desk. Once delivered to our room, the miracle of it being found had to be chronicled. Today was our only full day in Budapest since this trip includes 4 cities over 8 days. We had a terrific local guide who took us around the cities on each side of the Danube - Buda and Pest. She said the second question always asked when people meet for the first time is “Are you from Buda or Pest?” Affiliations run strong to one side or the other and she said...

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8 Days on the Ground

Jan 26, 2019 - Budapest or Bust

So the coolest thing that happened at LAX is that facial recognition was used to get us boarded - no scanning of boarding passes. I figure it must somehow link to our passport photos. It was kind of spooky, but fun to experience. And Diana and I agreed we looked good. It was, after all, the beginning of the trip when we were still fresh as daisies. We left LAX about 30 minutes late on Friday so our already very short connection in Frankfurt was even shorter, and it included a short stop at passport control. And that airport is HUGE! We...

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8 Days on the Ground

Jan 10, 2019 - Our Second day in Budapest

Not too early start this morning with a walk back to Vorozsmarty Square at 10am to join a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter including the remains of the Jewish Ghetto from WWII. Had a bit of a history lesson of the existence of Jews in Hungary. Apparently Jewish graves and headstones have been discovered by archeologists In Old Buda dating back to the 2nd century which was well before the Magyar tribes of Hungary arrived at the end of the 9th Century. Jewish people only lived on the Buda side of the Danube until 1800s when a Countess Orczy...

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Jan 9, 2019 - Walking Beautiful Budapest

The girls stayed up beyond their curfew last night catching up on school work, mainly administrative I gather. I crashed just after 9pm. Didn’t wake myself until around 8am this morning and a leisurely start to the morning with the view to joining an obligatory for us walking tour of this wonderful city. Had our breakfast goodies with us so it was only a quick walk away to get to the meeting point of the tour. Walking outside was in complete contrast to our arrival yesterday. It was crisp and white and sunny with the promise of a lovely...

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Jan 8, 2019 - Another Day Another Country

Up and at ‘em this morning with Vanessa’s main project being the task of washing that head of hair of hers. No mean task either I am told. Meanwhile I uploaded photos from yesterday into my journal and folded up some washing from the dryer and put our darks in. All packed and out the door to take our Uber to Hauptbahnhof for our train to Budapest. It was running a little behind schedule so I made a quick detour back to the sock shop to buy another pair of those tights. They are so warm and comfortable to boot. Up to Platform 9 and onto the...

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Dec 22, 2018 - Marsellie/Budapest

Three weeks in Budapest and we’ve both got porn-star smiles……..only joking! In fact the dental clinic advised against whitening as it can make your teeth sensitive and brittle. Peter’s treatment consisted of 2 sinus uplifts, 2 implants and 10 crowns - $14,000 worth. Would have cost at least double in Australia. Essentially, because he hasn’t had upper back chewing teeth for donkeys, he’d been chewing with his front teeth and wearing them down. Consequently when the upper back molars were implanted his whole bite changed, necessitating...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Budapest to Vienna

Found a charming little restaurant for breakfast right around the corner from our hotel. We seem to always find them when we are leaving! Mike wanted an Amerian breakfast so he ordered bacon, eggs and potatoes. The eggs were sunny side with crispy edges (not Mike's favorite), thin bacon and a cup full of steak fries. Sounds different, but was very good. Denise tried a local speciality - Lecos - which turned out to be a delicious ragout of sautéed onions, peppers, tomatoes and paprika with brown bread on the side. We went back to our hotel...

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Sep 29, 2018 - Saturday Budapest

Another day in Budapest with a somewhat early start. The weather was not as good as yesterday-cloudy and cooler. After breakfast at the hotel we headed out for a trip to St. Stephen’s Basilica. We mapped out public transportation and headed out to the bus stop for the #9. We got to where google said we should be but one of us (not this writer) felt we were in the wrong place so we went to the Main Street. As we looked confused a passerby local took pity on us and sent us back to the google start point . We boarded the number 9 and off we...

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Sep 28, 2018 - Budapest Friday

Got up this morning and decided to eat at the hotel. Breakfast was only three euros and quite good. We decided to take the tram over to the Buda Side and a 15 minute trip took us more than an hour because we had no idea where were going. Fortunately local citizens took pity on us and assisted us in finding the correct metro line and buses to get to our destination. We finally got to the Royal Palace and began began our Daily tourist activities. We started at Castle Hill and went by the Royal Palace, the Turul Bird statue - mythical bird of...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Budapest Hungary

We started the morning headed to a popular coffee shop called My Little Melbourne. Our Wi-fi gave up on us so we stopped at a local coffee shop for cappuccino and croissants. Across the street was the Dohany Street Synagogue also called the Great Synagogue. It is the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest in the world after Temple Emmanuel ion New York. The synagogue consists of a museum with Jewish artifacts from all over Europe many items donated by individuals. One item of particular interest was a headstone from a Jewish...

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