Our Travel Companions
Oct. 8-10, 2007
Jo napot kivanok, Magyarorszag!
Population: 10 million (similar to Michigan). Area: 36,000 square miles (similar to Indiana or Maine). Capital: Budapest. Government: parliamentary democracy. Latitude: 47 degrees north (similar to Seattle, Washington; Paris, France; and Vienna, Austria). Famous for paprika, composers Bela Bartok and Franz Liszt, thermal baths, Bull's Blood wine from Eger, "Cube" inventor Erno Rubik.
Eger | Budapest
Eger, "egg-air": population, 57,000, in northeast Hungary.
Oct. 8: On our own in the morning, we wandered--in a lost-sort-of-way--through pastel residential areas and soaked in Eger's ancient hilltop castle (also at right) with its panoramic views; 16th century Muslim minaret outside our hotel; the 17th century neoclassical Eger Cathedral (at right); baroque architecture; and bustling produce market (also below).
Our group spent the afternoon taking in a friendly grade school (also in column at left), a joyous wine tasting (also at left) complete with local entertainment (also at right) in the country's best-known grape-growing region, and a wild paarrr-tay afterward at our hotel (also at left). Egeszsegedre!
Gary's Photo Album of Eger
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"BOO-dah-pehst": population, 1.9 million.
Oct. 9-10: We spent too short of a time--only a day and a half--in this mighty exhilarating capital along the Danube River (at right). We took guided walks on winding, cobblestone streets through the immense Castle District of Buda (also at right) and on Europe's original, efficient subway to historic but modern Pest.
We enjoyed visiting the seven-turreted Fisherman's Bastian on Castle Hill (also at top left); Levente's high school; St. Stephen's Basilica (also at right); an evening sightseeing cruise on the Danube; the graceful Chain Bridge; and another evening watching energetic folk dancers and musicians. We also had free time to soak al fresco in Budapest's thermal Szechenyi Baths, view the massive Parliament Building (also below) and wander the city's magnificent yet cozy boulevards.
Gary's Photo Album of Budapest
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Viszontlatasra, Hungary. Koszonom for a magnificent time!
©Gary and Donna Larson, Seattle, Washington. Modified Feb. 24, 2008.