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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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Sep 13, 2019 - Finding our Way in Budapest

September 13 - Finding our Way in Budapest Both of us were awake early! We had procured a few groceries yesterday to tide us over for breakfast! First things first - become acquainted with the city! Looking for the hop-on hop-off bus stop, we went back to the apartment to find the brochure (a 5 minute walk), we discovered we had passed the stop twice! In the meantime we stopped at a metro station to purchase metro passes (includes bus, tram, rail and metro) for 5 days. It is always an experience to use kiosks to purchase passes. This time...

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Sep 12, 2019 - On Our Way

We are on our way for the 2nd part of our Eastern European travels. In 2017 we went to Poland and Estonia and on this trip we are going to Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Our first stop is Budapest. A relatively uneventful flight with a stopover in Paris. It was somewhat surprising how busy the airport was but fortunately Judi C had arranged for a driver to get us to our apartment. It is a really nice apartment done in modern Italian. Turns out the owner is Italian and he used an Italian architect to refurnish the place. And it...

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Jun 5, 2019 - Day 14 = Budapest

We arrived in Budapest in the morning, so we didn't see the lights that we were told were spectacular. By 9:30, we departed for a city tour. The Pest side is busy with lots of historic buildings. The Buda side is quieter with hills and residential areas. Guess which side I liked! In the afternoon, we were free to roam but I stayed on the boat and talked to a couple I had met earlier on the trip. I wanted to walk to the shoe memorial, but I was afraid it was too far away and everyone else wanted to go to the market instead. In the evening,...

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May 19, 2019 - Budapest

Sunday, May 19, 2019 The last day in Budapest We came down for breakfast at 9 am, dressed for a nice spring day. Then we noticed that it was raining quite hard! After breakfast Eke changed to long pants again and we put our jackets on – umbrellas in the backpack! Our plan was to make our way over to the synagogue and hopefully get inside. After that visit we had planned to meet Eke’s nephew Wytze (who is in Budapest visiting friends) for lunch. We stopped on the way for a coffee/tea, shared a sweet, and took our jackets off. By then the sun...

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May 18, 2019 - Budapest

Saturday, May 18, 2019 Exploring a “bit a” Budapest We slept in this morning - until 9 am! I wonder why! We took it easy and were outside at 11 am. Brian wanted to look for a new pair of long pants because the weather was not particularly warm yesterday. Stepping outside we noticed that the weather was much milder today and now we were overdressed! We had a quick bite for breakfast at Starbucks of all places! Not our favourite place but Eke needed something to eat and we didn’t see any other place that sold a good breakfast. We went to the...

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May 17, 2019 - Toronto to Budapest

Flying and Arriving in Budapest May 16 – 17 Our trip has started! We left the house on May 16 at 1 pm and drove to Toronto; parked at Valet Parking; took the bus to Terminal 3; went to the Self Serve luggage check in and then enjoyed something to drink and a snack in the Air France/KLM lounge. We left Toronto and had an uneventful flight. Eke talked with the person beside her who was going to Arusha in Tanzania. Eke had been there last year and they shared experiences in Africa and then on to other things in their lives. You do meet...

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May 10, 2019 - And the End Has Come

Our bags had to be outside our room by 5:15am and we had a 5:45am pick-up for the airport, so we were up and at ‘me very early. The hotel restaurant does not open that early, but they had a small continental breakfast set up as well as a boxed meal for each of us. Our ride was early, so we were on the road before 5:45 for a 30 minute drive to Ferenc Liszt International Airport. As Dennis mentioned in yesterday's post, the Hungarians love Franz Listz. An hour flight to Munich, then an oh-so-long flight to LAX. Our Premium Economy seats on...

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May 9, 2019 - Not All Tears Are Alike

Parting is such sweet sorrow, right? Our last full day of vacation was a great day in Budapest, spent all on the Pest side. Our tour-included buffet breakfast was nice, but I will very much look forward to home breakfast food. We had the morning to ourselves prior to our 1:30 Viking excursion. So, we set about our own walking tour, to catch up with some of the must see sites we’d not yet visited. First up was St. Stephen’s Basilica, about a 15 minute walk from our hotel, the Corinthia. The weather outlook was not great, though we hoped for...

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