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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Enter Budapest

  After 5 fairly sleepless nights on uncomfortable beds with old, stained towels, 2 small, 2 'bath' size and no more, we were happy to leave Krakow, though not the town itself. The location of the apartment made it bearable, but I did look for hotels nearby to move to by the third day. Moving would have cut into a short visit, so we opted to stay.
 I had heard and been warned about the shape of our building in Budapest. It's old and in need of renovation. The hall walls are peeling and have holes, the lights only work if you find the switch (thank goodness for the light on the iPhone!), and the front door lock for the building is broken.  The manager met us downstairs....apologizing for the state of the building.
Then, we walked inside....

Fully-equipped kitchen with dining table and beautiful, comfortable chairs
living room with fire place..don't need that, it's in the high 80's here right now...and there is air-conditioning!
King bed in master...large heavy curtains that block the light nicely
bedrooms are off the living room with large windows (double windows, so no noise at all, which is remarkable given what it sounds like on this street)
Second bedroom...makes into a queen size bed.
 View from the couch into the kitchen. There is also a den/office off the living room, a nice bathroom, and a balcony that's above the courtyard, which is very old and tacky looking. It's for smokers mostly, but she's put a small table and chairs out there in case you want to sit and smoke.

Just the street scene from where we had a bite to eat the first afternoon we arrived. We had only to walk outside and down the street to find places. This happened to be next door to where we wanted to go for open-faced sandwiches, but it was closed, so we ended up with Mediterranean food.
 Below is St. Istvans Basilica (Steven) which happens to be across the street and down one block from the apartment. This is actually the back, lit up at night. Quite impressive...and then there's the front! It's tremendous.

 The tower has lights in it, which are blurred using my phone.
So our first dinner in Budapest, we have Georgian food. Not like grits and Southern fried chicken....
the other Georgian...
Matthew started with rosé and wanted red with his duck, but they came together.  We shared the first course, which came with the meal (always interesting to see what happens with things like this in another country). That's stuffed eggplants with cheese, which were good. I ordered soup for my main course--a cold yogurt-dill-rice soup. It was just ok. Sort of flat--no depth of flavor and too much dill.
Their homemade Georgian bread was warm and good.
Matthew had slow-roasted duck in a walnut sauce , which he liked. Everything had pomegranate seeds on or next to it.
A rare photo together.

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