Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Danube Ain’t Blue

Buried beneath every beautiful place I’ve ever visited, whether in my own country or abroad, are historic moments of ugliness — periods of time when the people who inhabitated the place succumbed to the fear, anger and hate that constitute … Continue reading

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The “Pest” in Budapest

My husband first came to Budapest in 1973, a long-haired, peacenik doing the Grand Tour in an orange, VW camper. He spent just two days in Budapest because all the buildings looked as black and grim as the top of … Continue reading

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The River Runs Through It

Budapest is a major port for river boat cruises. I’ve lost count of the number I’ve seen coming and going in the five days we’ve been here. John and I took our own cruise on the Danube today aboard this … Continue reading

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The “Buda” in Budapest

The oldest part of Budapest is Buda. We used the Széchenyi Chain Bridge today to cross over to the Buda side for a walk through some Hungarian history. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge was the first permanent stone bridge to span … Continue reading

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The Family that Bathes Together

Stays together. At least for a couple of days. John’s son, Trevor, and his wife, Eleanor, and Baby Longino (aka The First Grandchild), who’s expected to arrive in June, joined us for a brief visit from their home in Poland. … Continue reading

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The Twin Cities — Hungarian-Style

Budapest is really two cities in one. Kind of like Minneapolis-St. Paul. Buda is on the hilly side of the River Danube while Pest, where we’re staying, is on the other, flatter, side. The capitol of Hungary, with a population … Continue reading

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The End of the Line

We’ve come to the end of our time in Istanbul. We head to Budapest tomorrow where we’ll stay for a week before moving on to Paris. I know, I  know — it’s a tough life, but someone’s gotta live it. … Continue reading

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