A cardboard car and a pearl necklace

Trip Start May 12, 2007
Trip End May 27, 2007

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

We arrived at the Hungarian border at 2pm and Tunde being from Hungary worked her magic and the crossing only took 7 minutes! Go Tunde! She was very excited about this part of the tour since this was her home and she was hoping that we would enjoy it. We arrived at our hotel in Budapest in the evening at the Tulip Inn. This one had air conditioner but was  somewhat muggy at times. Our  dinner was at the hotel and we sat with a woman who was traveling with her mother. Dinner included beef with french fries and the dessert was ricotta cheese wrapped in flour. It wasn't my favorite but did have a surprising sweet taste.
   I was excited about tonight as we were doing a one hour evening cruise down the Danube as an optional excursion. We were to see the illumination of the Castle District, House of Parliament, Gellert Hill, the Chain Bridge and around Margaret Island. There were also 2 drinks included! We arrived and had to wait around for our boat to arrive. Our guide pointed out a TRABANT car which is also referred to as a "cardboard car". It has a box shape and was really made of duroplast and used to have a 2-stroke engine and a smoky exhaust. It was first produced in East Germany and could last as long as 28 years. We all marveled at it and each of us took turns getting our picture with it. I can't imagine what the owner probably thought.

Around 9pm, we boarded and Suzi & I sat on the outside deck with Mick and Kerry from Australia and Analishka. (sp.?) My first drink was champagne then a beer. Budapest was lovely at night with everything lit up. Our guide was right about the Chain Bridge looking like a "pearl necklace". with the white lights and was such a pretty sight! Parliament was really impressive with it's Gothic style and dome. I took 20 pictures of this building (evening and day) alone. Besides the dinners, the cruise was one of my favorite excursions we did and I couldn't wait to see more of Budapest tomorrow!
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