|A rainy morning added to the ambiance of Budapest|
Welcome to Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. Even with modern vehicles, trams and buses passing our taxi, I still felt like we were characters in one of Alan Furst's novels which are set in a variety of European cities. His plots delve into a shady and suspenseful time surrounding World War II. And this city on that drab morning felt shady and suspenseful!
|So many choices and so little time!|
We'd arrived here as part of a quick fall getaway: five nights here, to be followed by three in Vienna. We've been landlocked in Greece too long this year. The travel bug, dormant during that 4.5 month wait for our residency cards - our keys to being able to travel outside the country - had definitely gotten restless. You regulars here know one of the reasons we moved was to have a launch pad from which we could explore more of Europe and the Middle East and Africa.
|Euro on the left, Hungarian Forint on the right|
We were hungry for an adventure to someplace we'd never been before. Hungary is satiating our appetites! After a flight of one hour, 40 minutes from Athens we are immersed in such a different culture - language, food, currency; everything has just enough foreign feel to it to make this trip most interesting.
|And some things are a bit too foreign for my tastes|
With so many layers of history, we are having a hard time absorbing all there is to learn about this once Communist-ruled country.
|Buda Castle from our room|
|Free entertainment outside our window|
Our room at the Budapest Marriott on the Pest side (pronounced, pesht) overlooks the Danube River and the Castle on the Buda side of the river. We could easily spend our days doing nothing more than watching the never-ending river traffic: tour boats and river cruise boats mingle with barges and other river transport.
|Taking a morning stroll across the Danube on Chain Bridge|
The November weather has been what one might expect in a Central European country: a bit of sun, quite a few clouds and periodic heavy rain, and chilly for those us basking last week in summer-like temperatures in Greece! Here we've shivered in temperatures hovering between high 40F and low 50's ( 4-10C). A morning of sunshine has become a pouring rainstorm by evening.
|Street scenes to take your breath away|
Aside from the fact I should have followed my instincts and packed our long underwear and heavier clothes, we are enjoying this adventure in Central Europe. . .it reminds us how much of the world there is to see! Regulars here and FB friends know that Budapest has long been on The Scout's list of 'must see' places. It wasn't as high up on my travel list, that is, before I arrived. Now I am talking about making this annual trip.
|I am at a European Christmas Market!|
One of the unexpected treats we have had was the annual Christmas Market. And I do believe there will be another market operating in Vienna when we get there this weekend! I will certainly be telling you about those soon!
|Who is this man? What was he playing for us? Stay tuned.|
Safe travels to you and yours and thanks for the time you spent with us today.
Linking sometime soon with:
Through My Lens
Our World Tuesday