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 ferry.

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It wasn’t quite as impressive as the cruise boats, including this one which was so long I couldn’t fit it all into the photo frame.

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Seeing a city — like Paris or Budapest — from the river that runs through it gives you a different perspective. From a boat on the Danube, Budapest looks much more like a old European city than it does when you’re wandering streets amid a mix of buildings from multiple centuries.

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From the view on the river, you’d never guess the old city has a park named after a 20th Century king — of rock and roll, that is. Elvis, wherever you are, this Hungarian city park carries your name. John serenaded me with Blue Suede Shoes as we strolled through it this afternoon.

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A few miles south of Elvis’s park, both on the Buda side of the river, is Gellért Baths, part of the Gellért Hotel complex.

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Built between 1912 and 1918, the baths are housed amid Art Nouveau splendor.

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I enjoyed the ambience provided by the interior design even more than the thermal baths. It was splendid!

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Waterlogged and weary, we crossed the river via tram on the return trip just as the sun began to say jó estét.

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