Three Days in Budapest, Then Home
Trip Start Jun 21, 2012
14Trip End Jul 11, 2012
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We headed out in search of the Synagogue. I can read a map with the best of them and we found it easily. The concierge said it opened at 9:00...nope...10:00. We walked to the market instead. It reminded me of the city market in Philadephia or Toronto...in what appeared to be an old railroad station, but gigantic. Food of all kinds on the ground floor inclduing such delicacies and cows feet and goose liver. Second floor was all Hungarian souvenirs and a local (no brand names) food court
Then to the Synagogue. Quite a moving experience. First through a garden where literally thousands of Jews were burried, and then to an open area where there is a weeping willow tree made out of aluminum and steel with the leaves having the names of Holocost victims engraved on it. Very moving. Then we got a great little English speaking Hungarian Jewish girl to take us through the museum. The museum has ancient Torahs in it as well as many artifacts important in Jewish life past and present. Then they took us through all of the Jewish high holidays and why they are celebrated...Yom Kippur, Hannukkah, Passover, etc. I knew something about most of them, but Laura is the real expert. She's in Israel as we speak in a Hebrew immersion program to learn better everyday modern Hebrew. Finally we went to the Synagogue. Interestingly, gave Sandy a shawl to cover here shoulders and asked me to keep my hat on. Very interesting and a huge place. Great tour and great morning.
Headed back to the hotel and Sandy did what all good shoppers do...took a nap while I sat in the lobby and did some people-watching and river-watching, had a couple of beers and blogged. l met some of our Aussie friends from the boat and we planned to meet at 7:45 for dinner. Probably the same wonderful place as last night. More later....
We had dinner with our friends and then invited them up to our room for one of the greatest views in Budapest
Up early on our last full day out of the country. We were going to send some things back that we don't need that will lighten the load....but it was $160...guess we'll stuff 'em in somehow! Reminds me of our first trip here to Europe...38 years ago...being here for six weeks, we actually had lots of gifts and souvenirs, therefore, we decided the best thing to do was to mail all but a couple days clothing back home and pack all of our treasures in our checked and carry-on luggage. Funny, but it worked. At the time, I couldn't help feeing sorry for the poor Customs guy going through all of our dirty clothes! LOL!
Anyway, back to Budapest. We walked toward the House of Terror Museum. It's the place where the Nazi Gestapo had their headquarters. Hungary had 750,000 Jews when the war began, and 600,000 perished in the Holocast
Up to the room for a rest and then out to lunch near the Hardrock Cafe. Great little restaurant where we sat outside and ate and people-watched. Great city for that. Good mix of tourists from everywhere and working people.
Back to the hotel for a rest before dinner.
Back to the hotel and Sandy napped while I had a beer and blogged....more later.
Had dinner at the same restaurant...3 nights in a row, and saw another couple who was on the cruise with us. Need some rest because tomorrow's going to be a long day of travel
Up and out the door at 5:30 am
We were on the ground at 2:00 pm Chicago time. Emailed skip that we were in Chicago (no phone, remember). 30 minutes later he picked us up at the International Terminal and 30 minutes after that we were heading down I-55 to Bloomington.
Our troubles in Armsterdam seem so long ago. Our trip was everything we expected it to be and more...with a little spice thrown in...what would life be without a little spice. I will say if you are considering a trip like this, don't hesitate...just do it! You will not regret it!
Hope I didn't bore you too much. I will attach pictures later. A couple you have got to see! Take care friends and family! All the best!