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  • Day7

    An unlikely choice of activity for a sunny day, we spent this afternoon in an indoors soft play. Nóra has been asking us to go there for weekz so she can sit for hours in the tiny plastic car she so loved when she was about half her current age. So we went. She barely fits in it, but the love has not been lots. Emma discovered the trampoline ( first circus artist of the family..?) and lots of vehicles to try. Followed by a pizza and pasta at Vapiano, and crowned by a blitz shopping in the supermarket, our day is now complete. Don't say we don't know how to party...Read more

  • Day10

    Hier steht die größte Synagoge Europas. Innen ähnelt sie einer Kirche, da die Architekten christlich waren und es sich um eine neo-... Gemeinde handelt. Die silberne Trauerweide gedenkt der Toten, deren Namen auf den Blättern stehen.

  • Day236

    Spent the last few days with my cousin Natalia and took a day trip to Ostrihom Hungary. The town is in the Carpathian basin on the northern part of Hungary and was once the capital city (975 ad). It is rich with history, lies on the Danube and is full of recreation, thermal baths and vineyards. It was once conquered and occupied by the Turks. The first king of Hungary was coronated here and it was the first transportation and trade route. We first drove to Sturovo which is across the bridge from Ostrihom and found a medieval restaurant to have a quick bowl of soup in. The restaurant was called Sedladcka and the staff talked to us in a rude and primitive manner as was done in those times (they dressed the part too). It was so funny because we were taken aback by their attitude but then realized the theme. The food was great and the atmosphere was super. They had a life size cage hanging inside for the witches that would be caught that night. After lunch we walked across the bridge to Hungary and took in the sights and attractions of the town. It was very beautiful.Read more

  • Day41

    I visited the Budapest Opera house during the afternoon and took a tour. It is a beautifully ornate building and the guide spoke with passion about the opera's held there. I decided to see if I could see an opera while still in town and was lucky enough to get a ticket in the front row of a box right in the center of the stage to one called Elektra. It is much cheaper to see operas in Hungary compared to other European cities so the price was good too.

    I found it an unusual experience and although I enjoyed the orchestra music and the spectacle of the show, the opera side of things was just ok for me. Luckily they had English subtitles playing above the stage but I still found it all quite frustrating. In two hours the story didn't really go very far although there was much emotion and a death along the way. I'm glad I went but I'm not sure if I'll go to other operas.
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  • Day40

    For our last night on board we were treated to a cruise up and down the Danube after dinner. All the buildings are lit up and looking magical. We were also treated to a surprise fireworks show just as we approached the last bridge (we think it was from a concert that had been playing that night). Perfect end to a lovely couple of weeks seeing some great places with some fabulous people. I will be exploring on my own again from tomorrow!Read more

  • Day42

    Today I went to a very unusual museum called the House of Terror. The modern museum is housed In the old headquarters of the Hungarian Secret Police (AVH). It contains exhibits related to the fascist and communist regimes in Hungary and is also a memorial to the victims of these regimes, including those detained, interrogated, tortured or killed in the building.

    There was a serious of rooms in unique styles for each period of history. The audio guide combined with video and other stylised exhibits told the history of Hungry and it's checkered past under both Nazi and Communist rule.

    A slow dramatic sinking of the lift to the basement of the building while being told how prisoners were executed in detail was enough to send shivers down the spine. Walking through the torture chambers and seeing the memorials to those who died and disappeared was very confronting. A chilling wall of photos recorded those who died many missing death dates as none knows what happened to them. A very moving experience.
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