River Cruising Across Europe

River Cruising Across Europe Part I – The Danube Europes main street is a waterway. It starts at the North Sea with the Rhine River, flows into the Main in Germany and then transitions to the Danube River. As it flows southeast across the continent it touches nine countries before finally emptying into the BlackContinue reading “River Cruising Across Europe”

Hamburgers Conquer Central Europe

Budapest Having spent time in Budapest just five years ago it was a bit of a shock seeing the recent changes. On our last visit we were amazed by the “most beautiful McDonalds in the world” (HERE) and the city seemed to have a McDonalds every few blocks. There were also a few Burger KingsContinue reading “Hamburgers Conquer Central Europe”

The Map Room

Navigating on our cellphones is great but it does have shortcomings. Over the years we’ve collected a number of maps and marked them up with attractions and routes to follow. We have also combined and modified maps before our trip to simplify understanding a place. Here we provide a number of these modified maps thatContinue reading “The Map Room”

Budapest And An Elegant Evening At McDonalds

In Praise of McDonalds Our first visit to Budapest was an incredible experience. It was much more than we had expected and before we went some friends advised us to be sure and visit the McDonalds at the city’s central station. A quick internet search describes it as a destination worth visiting. What American couldContinue reading “Budapest And An Elegant Evening At McDonalds”

Goulash, New York Cafe and Kürtőskalács

Eating In Budapest In planning for our recent trip to Budapest we went on the internet looking for food specialties and where to find them. Hungarian goulash was high on the list of course but once there I decided I prefer the lighter soup version of goulash. My wife discovered it was going to beContinue reading “Goulash, New York Cafe and Kürtőskalács”

Getting Around In Budapest

Click the map above to download our pdf Budapest Visitor’s Map re-imagined  to get you to the major attractions using public transportation. The first problem trying to get around in Budapest is the Hungarian language. While many Hungarians speak English you will find few maps, signs or streets in anything but Hungarian. If you followContinue reading “Getting Around In Budapest”

Budapest 23 October 1956

The Passage of Sixty Plus Years A Time That Hungary Remembers It’s October 23rd and we are in Budapest sitting in a restaurant. A young couple come in and sit at the table next to us. The young lady is attractive and from what I gather is speaking Hungarian to the waitress when she approaches.Continue reading “Budapest 23 October 1956”

Visiting Štúrovo On A Day Trip From Budapest

Štúrovo and Esztergom An Hour Out of Budapest Maybe it was wanting to see some of the countryside or maybe it was adding another pin to our map but on Saturday morning we set off after several days in Budapest to visit Štúrovo, Slovakia. Štúrovo is a town in Slovakia, situated on the River Danube.Continue reading “Visiting Štúrovo On A Day Trip From Budapest”