“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Budapest” (Day 5)

April 22

~ Our last day in Budapest

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[We’re on a cruise-sponsored guided tour this morning.  Here we are at Szechenyi Thermal Bath in City Park.]

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[And now to Heroes’ Square – remember this from last year?]

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[The Millennial Monument]

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[Helen and John “play” tourist.]

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[Palace of Art]

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[And the “BUDAPEST” structure is up again – only at this time of year.]

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[Hi, all, from Budapest!]

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[Museum of Fine Art]

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[The building in the background, as I recall, is an embassy . . . or a hotel . . . or something else.]

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[St. Stephen]

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[And assorted other famous Hungarians . . . or Magyars.]

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[I’d rather be sunbathing!]

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[Hey, that was our condo in Arlington!]

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[Tom draws a bead on the most important facility.]

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[Our guide, name long since forgotten, but quite good featuring excellent English and movie star looks.]

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[It may be that we’ve gone up to Fishermen’s Hill?]

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[This certainly is – a Trabant, the infamous East German car, just up the block from the restaurant where I lost my watch!  Yes, we checked again.]

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[And a secret (at least previously unknown to us) alley to the Labyrinth.]

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[And now at Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church.]

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[And this time we’re going in the church . . . ]

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[But not up its spire – I think Pam and Tom did?]

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[And back outside to the Bastion.]

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[But we had already scoured the Bastion, just the other day, so we went in pursuit of parts of the Hill we hadn’t previously visited.  For example, here are Helen and John posing in front of a door!  Amazing!]

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[Even the Super had to capture it!]

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[It wasn’t until after the photo she learned this was a garbage can.]

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[And then our guide had told us this was the place to go in all of Budapest for pastry.  So in we went . . . but still stuffed from the shipboard breakfast, we decided pastry would have been too heavy.  So, we all got ice cream cones instead . . . or maybe it was gelato?]

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[The Biddies took my picture here last year.]

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[What’s that bad boy doing?]

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[What’s THAT bad boy doing?]

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[Taking the tunnel under the Danube from Buda back to Pest.]

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[Driving back to the boat along the river walk . . . ]

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[Past “The Shoes.”]

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[And back on the boat for lunch.]

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[Ahhh, this is the life.]

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[As we are officially boating away from Budapest, hoping the bus can make it to shore?]

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[Past Madonna’s “Sturgeon” again.]

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[Meet the staff and crew . . . Cheers!]

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[Dinner . . . again? . . . already?]

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[Looking out our dining room window.]

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[And digging in!]

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If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.  ~ George Winters

Up Next:  Dunno yet.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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