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.


We spent this morning enjoying the multiple thermal pools at Széchenyi, one of the largest baths in Europe with 15 indoor and 3 outdoor pools as well as 10 saunas.

Budapest has been known for its hot springs ever since the Romans built the first spa baths here. The Queen of the Danube has 11 thermal baths which is no surprise considering more hot water flows underneath this city than anywhere else on the planet except Iceland.


Széchenyi was built in 1913 and is a labyrinth of indoor pools of varying sizes and temperature along with the outdoor pools which can be enjoyed year-round.

We spent much of yesterday walking along the bank of the Danube on the Buda side all the way to Margaret Island, a fairly large island in the middle of the river that is home to the Margaret Island Open Air Theater, the most popular venue of the Budapest Summer Festival. The water tower pictured here is an historic monument that stands in the courtyard of the theater.


Most of the bridges spanning the Danube were destroyed by the Nazis and had to be rebuilt after World War II. The views when crossing are panoramic.


View from Margit Bridge.

We logged more than 8 miles on a very warm day and Eleanor hung right in there with us. She’s in phenomenal shape! I have no doubt we’ll be sharing this memory with Baby Longino one day.

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