Oh my, I never dreamed Budapest could be so beautiful. We arrived about 11:00 last night and I think everyone was on the top deck, eating, drinking, laughing, singing and oooing and ahing over the stunning lights as we slowly floated into town. The buildings are lit up and the bridges are too. And I don’t think people sleep in Budapest…lots of fun on the river, anyway.
We’re just about done. Toured Budapest this morning. What a hard time Hungary has had…from the Nazis to the Communists. It’s a miracle they’ve come so far. This afternoon we went to the Central Market, had a Hungarian lunch and wandered around picking up a few final things…a hat for Jerry, a wallet for me (from Italy???) some things for the kids and even something for a non-existent grandchild who isn’t even a twinkle in anyone’s eye at the moment.
We didn’t want to quit. It was a last day. But honestly the heat and walking was doing us in. We stopped for some ice cream and to watch the world go by for awhile (ended up sitting next to a young couple from Dallas, Texas who are in London for work for a couple years and making the most of this time to tour Europe whenever they have some days off.) And then we headed back to the ship shortly after 3:00 and collapsed (loving the air conditioning on the ship!)
We’ve met some lovely people on board. Some we’ll see again because they’re from the west coast of Florida. Some we hope will come see us like Doug and Ruth from Vancouver. And some, I supposed, we’ll never see again. Still each one has enriched our lives and we’re grateful.
All packed…well almost all packed. We leave the ship at 3:15 am and if all goes well we’ll be arriving in Venice at about 8:30 pm tomorrow night. Whew…long day traveling, especially with the time change.
Here are a few pictures that I FINALLY got loaded onto the ipad!