A journey across 3 countries
Trip Start Apr 30, 2011
33Trip End Jun 21, 2011
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We are steadily climbing in altitude and it is very picturesque to see quiet villages nestled into the valleys. This is a popular skiing area in the winter and much cheaper than Austria. Some of the homes are 3 and 4 stories high and the upper floors are rented out during ski season
We just crossed into Slovakia and stopped again for a bus sticker. We exchanged our Polish money for Hungarian money-- I gave them $60. and she gave me $3500.!!!!!
The population of Slovakia is 5 million and they just recently joined the EU. We are not staying in Slovakia, just passing through. It appears to be mostly rural-- lots of farmland and cows. Most factories closed in 1989. They bale their hay and then stack it into large piles in the fields and it looks like giant mushrooms. Some are tented so the middle is hollow and open to air.
After 7 hours, we are finally in Hungary. Budapest was originally 2 separate cities -Buda and Pest-- with a river dividing them. But in 1875, they combined to form one large city -Budapest- a city now with 2 million people. Buda is the hilly side where we are staying and Pest is the older, flat side of the river (east).
We just returned from a really lovely evening river boat cruise down the Danube River. It is a beautiful evening and Budapest is really a lovely city. The illumination of all the historic buildings was beautiful. A definite highlight of our trip!!!!!