Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Budapest, Hungary

Last weekend we flew to Budapest, the capitol city of Hungary, for the Easter holiday.  A short 2 hour flight got us out of the cold London winter to a very popular European city.  The modern 5 star Budabar Hotel was our base and it worked out well as it was in the heart of the city center.(bottom pic)  Ranked as the 25 th most beautiful city in the world, Budapest still couldn't hide the destruction of WWII which we see often in Europe.(second pic).  The name Budapest came from 2 military forces in 829 AD, Buda and Pest, each based on opposite sides of the Danube River.  We had brilliant weather half the time and more nasty rain our last day.  A local river cruise was a good way to see the city on a rainy day.  The Hungarian stew and the hot spiced wine kept us warm as we checked another great European destination off our list.

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