Exploring Central Europe: BUDAPEST DAY ONE

We were sad to leave the Avalon River Cruise boat and our newfound friends, but also excited about starting the next phase of our European Adventure: a couple of days in Budapest followed be taking trains and visiting Prague, Vienna, and Munich. I rarely write about our VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) bookings, but the one in Budapest was spectacular and worth mentioning—a penthouse overlooking the Danube River and easy walking distance to transit and several points of interest.

transit

Tram stop near the “Green Bridge” aka the Liberty Bridge spanning the Danube and connecting Buda and Pest

The apartment had a huge balcony that we could not take advantage of because it was cold and rainy, but it also had wall to wall windows with a view that wouldn’t quit—even from the bed. Additionally, it not only had two full bathrooms but also two washer-dryers along with all the other modern appliances one could ask for.

balcony

Balcony seating

bed-view

View from bed

After settling in and starting some laundry, we went for a late lunch at Cafe Picard, a nearby restaurant recommended in the owner’s manual. We had perhaps the best, most local and different meal of the trip to date: goose leg with mash potatoes and hot red cabbage, and wild boar red wine stew w/potato dumplings—along with some really good wine.

Daytime view

Daytime view during a break in the rain

It was drizzly and cold, so we spent the rest of the day “in,” getting caught up on email and blogs, and generally enjoying just being there.

Nighttime view of Parliament building from balcony

Nighttime view of Parliament building from balcony

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