Three Cities Down, One to Go

Trip Start Oct 05, 2008
Trip End Oct 17, 2008

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hello Everyone,

We arrived in Budapest with no issues on Sunday morning from Vienna.  It was a very smooth and relaxing train ride (about 3 hrs) .  We caught up on a few things, took a little nap, ate some chocolate croissants, etc. etc.

When we arrived at the Budapest train station, the ever-ready Kelly had read that we should call to order a cab.  We went outside the train station, made the call and no one came.  Of course there were plenty of schiesters (spelling?) willing to take us.  We made another call and this time we got a ride.  It was a little frustrating but I got over it.  The hotel was right along the Danube River and very nice.  Got up into the room and wait a minute - NO CAMERA!!  I left it in the cab.  All the pictures, all the memories, all the wedding pics that Julie took - was it meant to be??  Needless to say, the hotel and cab driver were very nice/honest and we got it back .

We ate outside at a little cafe  and then went to the Terror Museum.  If you don't know the history of Budapest and Hungary, you should.  They have been under constant turmoil for years.  The Turks, the Ottomans, the Germans, the Russians.  This museum explained how they got through WWII and then Communism .  Unbelievable.  The city had lots of people but you could feel a quiet, subduedness to it.  You could feel they are glad to be free but always wondering what is coming next.  Sad in a way.  The city at night was very nice and we went up to the castle and took some pictures . We ate a great restaurant Sunday night .  Their were three guys playing and we bought their CD .  The Cheesy Americans are back!  I discovered that Hungary also has Froie Gras - HEAVEN and they also have Truffles - DOUBLE HEAVEN.  Needless to say, this is coming back with us to the states.  No doubt Budapest has the best food on the trip thus far.  They are famous for their paprika and table cloths.  It is awesome.  Their wine is also very good (red or white).  This is coming back as well.  I bought another Stein (up to 6 I think) so I better stop before the WIFE starts complaining. 

Yesterday we went to a very old town by train along the Danube .  I can't remember the correct name but translated it is St. Andrews (Szentendre I believe)

.  Very relaxing day - once the shopping spree was over (gulp!).  We have only had a little bad weather the first day on our trip.  Other than that it has been about 70F and sunny.  Very lucky.  Last night we took a boat ride down the Danube in Budapest.  Overrated.  Today we will visit the market and I will try to restrain Kellly from buying too much.  I am trying to work my way out of this but this is impossible I think.  We take the train overnight to Krakow tonight.  It is a 10hr. ride with a sleeper car.  I have never done this before so I am waiting to see what this is like.  This will be our last city on our adventure.  Time is not flying and we are thoroughly enjoying all of the trip thus far.  Talk to you in Poland!
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