Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity-Jig

It's always good to go and even better to come home.  This wasn't a long trip, that's coming this Fall when we go to Japan to visit out daughter, but it was long enough.
The Weaver of Grass asked in one of her blogs how do we pamper ourselves and I told her it's in how we travel.  If the trip is 2 hours or less we drive, if it's more than 2 we fly and if it's more than 2 or 3 hours we fly First Class, that's our treat.  So that's how we flew, to Budapest, Hungary, our very first time in Eastern Europe.  When Mac was in the Army and we lived in Germany he had a top secret clearance and wasn't allowed to travel to Eastern Europe, it was still Cold War, Berlin Wall time.
So Hungary was a whole new experience for us.
Budapest was beautiful, everything we had hoped it would be except for one thing, it was 99┬║  while we were there.  Our hotel had wonderful air conditioning as did the evening cruise boat we were on, but we found very little air conditioning elsewhere.  We had tickets for the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, but after an hour or so, with no air-conditioning and windows that wouldn't open we gave up.  We saw lots of the city, the food was good, the people were warm, friendly and welcoming.
Our dinner cruise was very nice, with loads of food and a 4-piece band playing, opening of course with The Blue Danube.  It was a beautiful evening and I took loads of pictures.
We upgraded our room to a suite and had  balcony overlooking the river, we opened the curtains at night and watched all the lights.
Not a long visit, just a couple of days before we flew off to London, but one that will linger in our memories.

Our 3 room suite

Boat for our dinner cruise

The little orchestra was good, but Mac said the violin player looked like Gru from Despicable Me, and he did.

View from our balcony


  1. So glad you had a wonderful time and are now safely home again! It looks as though you really enjoyed it! Lovely to see photos of you and Mac! Hope the weather was cooler for you while you were away. xx

  2. What a lovely trip; I enjoyed it.

  3. Wonderful trip. Even if it was a bit warm, the blue of the river and the views must have been nice.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. What a wonderful trip, a real treat flying first class and an upgrade with the suite. We do much the same, live on a tight budget most of the year and splash out for holidays.

  5. Travelling is a special treat for us, too. Isn't it wonderful to experience other cultures and places? I have not ventured further than Prague in Easter Europe but Budapest looks certainly like a place I'd enjoy. x

  6. It looks wonderful and it sounds like you really enjoyed it. Good for you for splashing out on a bit of luxury, it's good to spoil ourselves once in a while.

  7. Everything looks wonderful. So glad you had a great time:)

  8. Except for the heat, what a beautiful city. The evening cruise looks wonderful and so does Mac with his guitar and the city spread out behind him.

  9. looks like a great trip.Budapest is one of the very few European we havn't visited.

  10. OH how nice that you had such a good time, your photos look wonderful!

  11. Hi Janet, it looks like you had a fabulous trip discovering Budapest. I visited there two years ago and I was enamored with the beautiful architecture. The dinner cruise looks fabulous. Enjoy your weekend and hopefully your jet lag is gone. Pat xx

  12. Hello there ... I'm only just catching up with my blog reading!
    Looks a fabulous trip - off to read your next post now!

    All the best Jan


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