Sept 10th Budapest

Monday, September 10th — We stayed aboard the ship in Budapest for our first night. Today, like other days, we have a choice of a continental breakfast on the terrace, or a breakfast buffet in the Viking Treya restaurant — we chose the buffet. Every breakfast starts with a shot glass of a fruit flavored smoothie — this morning it was peach. Very good. They serve fruit juice and coffee at the table. Plus you can order eggs/omlette (cooked how to like them), pancakes and/or french toast, and then go to the buffet to get a variety of cheese, sausages, cereal, potatoes, pastries, fruit and more.

We took the 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Budapest City Tour (free) via bus – four buses were used for the up to 190 passengers that went on the tour. Budapest is Hungary’s lovely capital. The Danube, which goes into the Black Sea 1650 KM below Budapest, cuts through the heart of the city, separating the Buda Hills and the Old City from the elegant boulevards of modern “Pest”. We started in Pest with a ride along the Andrassy Ut where we saw the National Opera House, Hero’s Square and other highlights including the Parliament before crossing the river to the more traditional “Buda” side of the city. A highlight was the massive hilltop castle complex with its turret Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. We also saw the famous Chain Bridge (ship was parked very near it) and Elizabeth Bridge, two of many that connect the two halves of this vibrant city.

We returned to the ship for lunch, and then skipped a couple of optional tours (extra $) in the afternoon, and elected the “leisure time” option by staying on the ship!

We had a wonderful dinner. The beautiful lights of the city were magnificent as the ship departed Budapest at 8:45 PM.

(pictures to come)

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