We decided to take a late night walk from the hotel to look over the lights and take advantage of the cool evening air. There were lots of people out doing the same and it was very safe. The local points of interest are all lit up each night and it is very impressive.
The local lights
We arranged for an early wake up call at 6AM to go walking and decided maybe 7AM was a better idea. Well, in fairness we are on holidays. Walked up to Gellert Hill which overlooks Budapest which served as an outpost and fortress for Buda Castle in the early 1800's. About a 13km round trip and at 8AM it was already 34 degrees. No wonder we haven't put on any weight.
Looking at Gellert Hill from our room
The hill peaks at the top of the statue.
Looking back over Budapest
Went via a few bridges and looked back over the Danube River.
The Danube looking back toward the Intercontinential
Also visited the site at this spot which the Nazi's used during WW2 for their HQ. Lots of military stuff but limited time for us. The trip us was confusing with lots of different paths, I wanted the quickest way down so consulted a map. Mandy nearly broke a leg to get the camera from me.
Pick the idiot aussie
Returned to the Hotel (have to say, this is one of the best that we've stayed in and we've been to some beauties) breakfast was great. Healthy and plenty of it. The staff in the Executive Lounge try so hard to please. The pronounciation of their names is very difficult because the Hungarian language is heavily reliant on "c's" and "z's". I suggested to Mandy and I have already adopted that they are all named Bruce.
Mandy as always (Jeff and Pam will appreciate this) likes only poached eggs but they must not be runny. She is very particular about this and it's probably the only thing in life that she is particular about (note, she married and is still with me, so she ain't too particular; but with poached eggs this is a different story). So, she asked for poached eggs, the waiter showed her the hard boiled eggs. Mandy then proceeded to explain how to cook a poached egg, including the time, contents and temperature. Sure, he understood and Mandy was very pleased with herself. I was happy to have the scrambled eggs (Pam you know I'm easy to please and Peckish cook the best anyway). So Mandy's eggs arrived and they were the best hard boiled eggs that I've ever seen. Marginally better than the biological bastards in Italy. Mandy not wanting to be rude cut the first one open and, you guessed it, the thing was runny. I had scrambled eggs plus 2 hard boiled eggs because Mandy didn't want to offend the staff. No more eggs for me this trip, thanks heaps.
Onto another walk, this time to visit the House of Terror. This is the site of the Headquarters of the secret police under the Facist regime and Nazi's during WW2. It is now a museum dedicated to those who lost their lives during these times. Harsh periods, without a doubt and it reminded me a lot about our War Memorial. Heavy stuff and it can be viewed on www.terrorhaza.hu
Number 60 Andrassy Avenue
Lot's of walking; I suggested that its maybe time to have a foot massage. Mandy nearly broke a leg to get back to the hotel to make a booking. And so off we went to the Gellert Spa Baths and the Siam Center (sic) Thai Massage. The Thai Foot Massage cost 13,000 Hungarian Forint or in Ozwold dollars $56.00 for the both of us. Pure bliss for me, more counselling for the young lady. The Gellert Spa Baths are another site for us tomorrow on our walk, they are natural springs and will walk here for the experience. Love the sign.
Gellert Spa Baths - Tony's version
real version, must look up the Hungarian translation.
The real sign
Off to do some more shopping, our favourite past time and the reason that we work. Shoes are well priced and aiming to buy Ellie some that she will really appreciate. Some really good spots.
Shopping Budapest Style
And then it was to the "new" things in Budapest and my life. Had a cuppa at one of the local haunts....what was the owner thinking!
For lunch....hope we're still here for dinner.
The Executive Lounge has one of the best outlooks and is one of the best lounges that we've visited.
Intercontinental Budapest Executive Lounge
Mandy and I take turns to get the "snacks", more like a meal and I just adored the round thingees. Mandy, kind little possum that she is got me 3 helpings and I scoffed each of them. It's been ages since I've had some meat; sick of the veggie stuff.
Whilst I consider myself to be quite well travelled and accustomed to the differences in this great world of ours, even I was surprised at Mandy's revelation that the thingees are Hungarian Goats Nuts.
Mandy's time will come.
Enough of this stuff, off to dinner and I found the perfect place.
Dinner couldn't be worse than lunch and pre-dinner snacks
Tomorrow another walk and swim at the natural springs, shopping for Mandy and Ellie then a late check out to meet the ship after 4pm. Love Budapest and might be back.
Budapest - clean, safe but friggin hot