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84 - Sunny City: Budapest, Hungary Hotel: Marriott City Center
Transport: Hop On/Off Bus - Metro - Tram
- Events of the Day
day of sites and routes are scheduled with Hop on and Hop Off tour bus
routes - starting at Astoria Metro stop. Started on the "yellow
route" and followed with the "red route" - Later "blue route" is
on the river.
Gem of Europe" is a proper label for Budapest (Buda on the left and
hilly bank and Pest on the left flat main city area). While
Prague is a large serving of tourist delight, Budapest is the "real
thing" - on the scale of Paris or London. It was tarnished in
the USSR days; however, potential is on every block. Aggressive
street-scaping and palace restoration provides glimpses of the "Gem".
Baroque to Deco and all architectural styles in between are included in
Budapest. There are not enough pictures (or flash drive memories)
to gather all the images.
along the routes included the massive Parliament building directly on
the river, the Great Market Hall with endless foods and meats
(including multiple types of strudels), and 2 hour hike on Margaret
Island located in the middle of the river with several pools that can
hold over 22,000. The hill located citadel (built by the
Habsburgs with cannons pointed at the city as an authority "reminder")
was another site with excellent views of the Danube river. A
large commemorative statue was constructed at the end of WWII for
liberation by USSR (Change in ownership basically); however, the large
bronze Russian soldier on the statue was removed after
the Communism departure.
lunch, or early light dinner, with an outstanding dessert was at the
infamous Cafe Gerbaud - anyone would be impressed with the tapestry
type carpets, multi-level chandeliers, and continuous glass
counters of decadence. Five slices of the traditional cakes and
pies were escorted back to the hotel.
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