We are very excited to get to the ship, since that’s the whole point, right? We have really enjoyed Amsterdam, The Hague and Budapest…but here’s the Avalon Waterways, Illumination. It’s docked about a half mile from our hotel and we board about 4PM and leave about 6, traveling to the north toward Vienna.
For a minute, let’s go back to our Friday morning, because we were able to wander about in Budapest (mostly in Pest) to see the Hungarian Parliament building (Europe’s largest), St. Stephen’s Cathedral and a very moving memorial to the Jewish Hungarians, who were murdered here during WWII.
St. Stephen’s is awesome.
This memorial on the river-bank is much more chilling than that visit to the Terror Museum yesterday…and, do you see the blue sneakers that someone has just left behind? Many of the shoes have flowers deposited in them.
A couple of goofy things now….here’s a perfect politician. Remember, the Hungarians show the last name first, so you have to reversed them to get it right…especially in this guy’s case. Hate to set this, but he looks like Chris Christie, too.
Some charming everyday things that are more attractive than we see in the USA.
The phone is actually pink in this one.
Now, back to embarkation and leaving port.
Then, in the background beyond the Chain Bridge is the new Four Seasons Hotel in the old Gresham Palace. This is the world class place to be…perfect location and totally classy and quiet. Had lunch there today.
The Parliament Building looks much larger from this vantage point, too. The Shoes Memorial is down along the river bank to the lower right.