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Buda, Pest or Budapest

Hungry in Hungary

90 °F
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Well today was question of how long different parts of the day’s activities would go over their scheduled time but more on that later in the blog. We left Konarom for Budapest this morning via bus since the water level of the Danube did not allow our ship to dock in Budapest. We arrived around 11am and went to the Central Market, a beautiful building built in 1896 for the world expo held in Budapest. We purchased some smoked paprika and a beautiful hand-stitched table runner. We also found out that it costs 1 euro to use the public toilets in Budapest. After leaving the market we made our way to Hero’s Square. This is a series of beautiful monuments and buildings, again built for the expo in 1896. Please check out the pictures. The monument describes the history of Hungary from the 7 Magyar tribes through the first Prince, subsequent Kings and rulers of Hungary for the last 1000 years. From the square we headed to a lunch cruise on the Danube. Traffic was bad all day so each stop was rushed since we spent so much time getting to each stop on the bus. The cruise allowed us to see many of the buildings along the river. Part of the river is a UNESCO world heritage site so the buildings need to remain or be restored to their original look. Pictures added to show some of the buildings. On going back to the dock we were held up by rehearsals for the celebrations to be held on 8/20, the 100th anniversary of the Country. There were helicopters practicing over where we needed to dock so that cut into our free time. We took a taxi (8$ for 4 people…cheap) to St Stephen’s Cathedral. St. Stephen was Hungary’s first King. We walked back to the bus and were driving back to the ship when we passed 2 accidents that slowed us down The bus driver learned of several more accidents ahead, so we got off the M1 motorway and took a secondary road to Komarom. This took about 45 minutes longer than planned but better than the 3 hour delay if we had stayed on the motorway. We got back safely, had a nice dinner and our ship got underway for our next stop in Vienna. It was very nice to sit on the top deck and slowly move upriver. There is a tradition to shout under the first bridge we pass under so a group of us held up the tradition. We will pass under 299 more bridges till we get to Amsterdam. A very long day, full of delays but we are moving on.

PS
Hungarian has 44 letters, most of the extras are vowels with varying accents above them. BTW it was very hot today >90

Posted by Weimerrv 07:48 Archived in Hungary Tagged budapest

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