After disembarking AmaWaterways AmaCerto, which by the way was the easiest and least stressful disembarkation Laura and I have ever experienced, we made our way to the Boscolo Hotel in Budapest. You feel good about your next hotel when your taxi driver tells you that you have made “an excellent choice for the night.” On the drive over, we also made arrangments for our taxi driver to pick us up tomorrow for the drive to the airport in the morning. AmaWaterways uses a reliable company that will not quote you one rate and charge you another once you have reached your destination. Budapest taxi drivers can be notorious for that sort of thing. Always work with your concierge to call a tax in Budapest rather than chance one on the street.
But I digress, Laura and I got to spend one more day in Budapest. We have barely scratched the surface of this amazing city, but we were so happy that we did. As we arrived to our hotel early this morning, our room was not ready. We dropped our bags off and headed out to Heroes Square. We had only driven by it in a bus, so it was nice to pay our respects at the tomb of the unknown soldier and see the statues up close and personal. Rather than take the long way around on the Metro, we walked about 2.8 kilometers. From there we walked to Vajdahunyad Castle which was finished in 1896 as part of the Millenia celebration of the 1,000 years of Hungary since the conquest of the Carpathians in 896. It is humbling as an American to be in Europe with such a rich and long history. At 520 years just such our discovery, we really have a long way to go! It was funny to see a school field trip as we passed by. Children are the same everywhere and the look on these kids faces just said “Ah a day to miss school and be outside!!!” It was an amazing day in October!
From there, it was a metro ride back to the Vaci Utca as Laura wanted to shop, and shop, and shop. I am glad there were benches. From there it was about a 2 kilometer walk back to our hotel. We could have ridden metro, but chose to get in our exercise. The hotel upgraded us because of Laura’s status with Marriott. We have a very nice suite with a balcony and an amazing view. After a week in a 170 square foot cabin, this feels like a mansion.
For now, enjoy the pictures. I will caption them later. We have an early wake up call, so after we try Chinese food in Budapest, we will be in for the night. I still want to know why we have a water fountain in the bathroom. Can anyone explain that one to me?
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