Europe 2014

Budapest, 24-26 April


  Flying from Zürich to Budapest, we had some spectacular views of the Alps. *
  Arriving in Budapest around 8 am, we had left our luggage at our hotel by 11 and set off for one of Lynn's favourite sights in any city: the local markets. In Budapest, they are in a very impressive steel-framed hall. †
  Just about anything you could want was on sale: paprika ... †
  asparagus ... *
  beautiful fresh strawberries ($1 is worth about 200 Hungarian forints) ... *
  whole foie gras ... *
  and even dolls. †
  Nearby was the Liberty Bridge across the Danube. †
  And across the river, the Rudas Baths. †
  A statue in the square by our hotel. †
  A church window in the same square. †
  That evening, we had an excellent meal at the Museum restaurant, close to the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts. *
  Nick's duck breast. *
  Lynn's introduction to palinka, a lethal Hungarian after-dinner digestif. *
  Next morning, we had this panoramic view along the Danube. *
  We visited the Cathedral, but were not all that impressed. †
  We took Budapest's oldest Metro line, where many of the stations have not really changed since they were built. *
  At the end of the line were the Széchenyi baths. This is the outside. *
  And this is the inside. *
  After some lunch, we went to the Museum of Fine Arts. *
  There was some interesting modern art. *
  Nick enjoyed the Egyptian collection. †

  Centaur at the village blacksmith (1888) by Arnold Böcklin. †
  That evening, we had booked a "Curiosities of Hungary" tasting of nine different wines in an underground cellar in the Old Town. *
  The wines were interesting and, as you can see, attractive. But perhaps choosing the nine-wine tasting was not the best idea. *
  The next morning, we took our luggage to the cruise ship but could not use our cabin until mid-afternoon. We wandered around the area and had lunch in this art deco building. †
  The first day of our river cruise was spent in Budapest, with an excursion to the Opera House and Old Town. This is the interior of the Opera House. *
  The Queen's Staircase at the Opera House. *
  One of the lights in the Opera House. *
  Detail at the Opera House. *
  At the end of the tour, all the ship's passengers gathered on a staircase and were entertained with champagne and four short arias from a tenor. *
  Then on to look at Heroes Square. †
  Then on again to visit the Old Town. This is a view from across the river. †
  Some of the houses in the Old Town. †
  The church in the Old Town. †
  The Parliament building seen from the Old Town. †
  And seen from the river as the Amabella did a short evening cruise around Budapest. *

The Amabella left Budapest the next morning, which was really the start of our river cruise.


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