Travel day – Amsterdam to Budapest 9/24/14

So, we forgot one of the most interesting photos of our water/canal trip last evening. This Amsterdam city reminds us of Venice, Italy because of the canals. But, Amsteradam has real roads that also make it work well as a city and there are real people – living and working here; not like Venice, where everyone lives outside and comes to work in the tourist business. Here’s a spot where you can actually see 7 (or 9) bridges.

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If you want to click on this photo to make it bigger, you can back up by using the back button on your computer…I hope.

We really enjoyed that portion of our trip.

Today, we left the hotel early and went to Schipol Airport to catch the KLM flight to Budapest.  The Millers – our buddies from forever – had flown from Chicago and were there in the Business Class lounge after we checked our bags.  A great flight ensued, we met the Avalon Waterways people at the Budapest Airport and they moved us, effortlessly for us, the Intercontinental Hotel. It’s right on the Danube in the City Center….perfect.

Millers went to their room to sleep – we like that strategy, too – and we headed out for a walk to the Buda Hills (we were in Pest) to see the gigantic Castle up there…looming over the river.  We had to walk across the 1849 Chain Bridge, which is a landmark itself.DSC_4881

We started on the other side of the Danube… in the photo, over where the boat and the big museum appear.  When we got to the Buda Hills side, we went up the Funicular, built in 1848.

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It’s much easier than walking and only costs 1,700 Forints round trip.  (I think that’s about $15 per person).

The Castle is amazing; we will learn much more about it tomorrow, but it’s gigantic.  The coolest thing is this eagle-like statue that is huge and looms over the Danube from atop the hill.

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Lots of walking again – we got over 5 miles again today.

Later about 6PM the Avalon Waterways crew got us all together (144 people on the boat, maybe) and outlined some interesting options for our two days here, before we embark on the Avalon Illumination on Friday, 9/26.

Then, Joe Miller picked out a wonderful restaurant (Cyrano…a gold star from 8 of us jaded travelers) with a nice stroll down the Danube and on the way back, we took a night photo of the castle…we will be there tomorrow again on the “included” tour.IMG_1095Joe always directing.

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The castle, the train and the Danube at night.

We will report our day tomorrow…the House of Terror is on the “Communist Tour”.  Good night all.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (2 in college). Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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