View from Buda of Pest

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Did you know Budapest is actually in two parts? It is divided by the Danube river into the Buda hills on the west side and the flat Pest on the east side.

Loved our free walking tour. Whenever you are in Europe, look up the “free walking tours.” They are actually free, but you pay what you want at the end. Because the tour guides are high quality, they end up doing quite well this way.

Hope to see you in Long Point this summer. We will try to stay still!

Szentendre, north of Budapest

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Margaret and kids have arrived and here we are doing some sightseeing with Tommy, born in Hamilton, works in Hungary. Here you can find a deal for everybody. Tried homemade Langos, deep fried dough with garlic and sour cream on top, their pizza. Most food in Hungary is quite filling and artery hardening.

Hungarian Village Pittyerszer

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Right near the Austrian border is a traditional restored village that highlights life as it was around 1200. In this picture, the farm animal barn is attached to the house. The pigs had wooden floors, while the people had dirt! Shows who was more important then.

Landshut Wedding 1475

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Had the opportunity to see the Landshuter Hochzeit reenactment on the weekend. The wedding took place in 1475 between Princess Hedwig of Poland and Prince Georg of Landshut, Germany. Over 2000 locals dress for the part and perform a variety of events every four years. We were so lucky to email a tourism agent who found us tickets. Most events sold out in January. David loved the jousting and picked this photo.

Off to Hungary for the final leg!!!

Landshut Wedding 1475

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Had the opportunity to see the Landshuter Hochzeit reenactment on the weekend. The wedding took place in 1475 between Princess Hedwig of Poland and Prince Georg of Landshut, Germany. Over 2000 locals dress for the part and perform a variety of events every four years. We were so lucky to email a tourism agent who found us tickets. Most events sold out in January. David loved the jousting and picked this photo.

Off to Hungary for the final leg!!!

Prague, Czech Rep.

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St. Nicholas church in the Old Town Square. Actually, St. Nick and King Wenceslas are pretty prominent people in Prague as well as many others.

Everyone has a story. Did you know Wenceslas was stabbed and murdered by his brother? He didn’t like his brother’s pro Catholic values.

Also we learned about defenestration. That’s where you throw the people out the window who differ with your opinion. They usually die but one secretary was lucky enough to land in a pile of pig manure. He “squealed” on the Protestant reformers which lead to the beginning of the 30 years war.

.Cesky Krumlov

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Oops, forgot to write something for the last picture. We are now in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Rep. Probably had one of the nicest days yet, weather wise. Fitting for such a nice place of 15000.

David and I are trying Kofola, the Czech version of coke. Comes out of a tap like draft beer. Something to wash down the one litre each of beer we just had at the Eggenburg Brewery tour.

Right now we are camping in our van literally down by the Vltava River. There are over 100 tents of canoeing, kayaking, and rafting Czechs all carrying on with ample amounts of beer, music and singing. Don’t understand a word!

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Vienna

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Here we are at the National Theatre in Vienna.
Had a sunny day. Later we attended the Film and Music Festival, a huge outdoor screen is set up in front of the Rathaus, (Townhall) showing films every night until September. Last night’s was Nureyev’s Swan Lake Ballet filmed here in the 60’s.

Sometimes beer is more fun to play with…

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…than to drink. Oh well, as long as you are having fun.