On the Danube

Hello again!!  I’m late again in writing and I’m NOT happy about it. [I’m also very very sorry.]   This post is going to be about a boat ride I took up and down the Danube River.  Here we go!!!!  On the trip, we saw both Buda and Pest.  We saw the Parliament [on the Pest side] and Buda Vár [on the Buda side].  Did I tell you how Buda and Pest were two different cities and then they became one?  Well, if I didn’t, I just did.  Back to the boat! [” back to the boat” is true, because we came back for a night cruise]  We also saw big hotels and such.  We also saw Margaret sziget [“sziget” is island in Hungarian], and there were lots and lots of other boats.  It was very, very cold; everyone bundled up in blankets.

Photo gallery again!

Parliament

Parliament at night

The Vár

The Vár at night

Margithíd

Lanchíd (Chain Bridge)

Sleeping me!

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In the labyrinth

Interesting and fun:  did you know that’s what history can be?  The historic labyrinth [which is made up of natural caves and man-made cellars] underneath the Buda Vár – the royal palace in Budapest – is full of prisons and fun history…  Like my reporter-ish style of writing?  Well, I went to the labyrinth and that’s exactly what it was.

Map of the labyrinth

Me in one of the tunnels

VERY interesting fact: Count Dracula was NOT a vampire and he went to prison in the labyrinth [for 12 years]!!  And I went into his cell!!!!!!!

A note about Dracula

Me and Dad in Dracula’s cell

There were also wax figures in scenes of a masquerade ball.

Wax figures

Old chimneys that go up and up are all over the place!

Bye bye!

P.S.  I’ll probably write again in a day or two; if more, sorry.

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A surprise up Gellért Hill

Hello hello HELLO!! Sorry I was late in writing to you guys, except things are really busy since we arrived here in Budapest. Here, there, everywhere. I was about to write to you last night but we came back late and I had to have a shower. ENOUGH ABOUT NOT WRITING!!!!!!

Last night, we [“we” as in my cousins and my aunt and uncle, and of course Mom and Dad] went out for a Hungarian dinner [I’m going to have a photo gallery about that!].  I had chicken paprikash.  My favourite!!  There were also people in costumes who danced, and there was music and singing!  [I liked that!]

After that, we [this time, one cousin and my uncle, Mom and Dad] went for a walk up Gellérthegy [Gellért Hill]. It was a gorgeous view from the top! [photo gallery for this also].  And guess what I saw! my first  real, live … HEDGEHOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yep, I mean H-E-D-G-E-H-O-G hedgehog!  And it was ad-OR-able!!  Sorry, no photos, he was too fast and the camera wasn’t working. Photo gallery time!!!

Me and my family having dinner

Chicken paprikash!

Enjoying the view

Buda Vár (the Palace) and Chain Bridge at night

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