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... headed straight for the hottest outdoor pool, which at 38 degrees centigrade was a shock compared to the 6 degree European autumnal air. The pool was budy , featuring all creatures great and small from beer bellied men, Neanderthals and chess playing seniors to smoking hot youngsters, usually in couples. After five different pools, three saunas and the aroma steam room, I felt like a deep cleaned new man and decided to wait for Steven outside he exit. ...
... are plaques baring their names.
Further outisde is a memorial tree honoring those Hungarians that perished during the Holocaust. It is a remarkable metal tree with leaves that are dedicated to those lost. Many Americans like Estee Lauder and Tony Curtis gave large amounts of money for this.
Next we went to the Jewish Museum and saw some items from the heritage of the Jewish people, some of which are below in our pictures.
... of Budapest starting on the Pest side. Here starts the history lesson Budapest was originally 2 cities Buda (the hilly side) and Pest (the flat side pronounced b OO - d-uh-p EH s t NOT budaPEST!
Buda and Pest became Budapest approx 1896 and evolved from the Austrian -Hungary Empire. Before WW1 Hungary was 3 times larger than it is now. Today of the 10 million people in Hungary 2 million live in Budapest. Heroes' Square and the wide Boulevards were created to ...
... the Danube, then raised it full of fish. Or not.
We had a party on deck with the usual commentary as we entered this very magical city.
See the huge tree on the bank, a legacy of the May ...
... vistas of Budapest. Changing of guard, one of the stranger routines I've been confronted with. It involves guards wearing 90's sunglasses and carrying rifles that aside from the shiny bayonet would probably get laughed out of an air rifle meeting. They then proceed to stamp and walk and twirl their guns with amazing coordination and skill all to the beat of a lone drummer. The descent was a far less crowded affair and we were all alone in the ...