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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several at Spectrenoir: http://ebay.to/2xI69uc, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy. I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Love to bring back some romance and quality to the daily life of others... 

Friday, June 28, 2019

Day 2 Passage to Eastern Europe - Panoramic Budapest

When we arrived the previous day at the Budapest airport, Viking had done an excellent job by meeting and transferring their guests!
So after one excellent night sleep at Hyatt's Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest, we woke up feeling relaxed and pampered.
This was the view on June 4, from our room across the street, taken around 8:00 AM.
It actually is the Maverick Hostel Budapest...
We left after a great breakfast at the Párisi Passage Café & Brasserie
We were leaving by 8:30 AM for our city tour by bus so I've taken this photo from the hotel, while seated in the bus...
Here we are crossing the River Danube, which lies very close to the Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest
Our bus toured us around and parked near the Fishermen's Bastion where we continued on foot with our guide.
Here we halted at the beautiful and meaningful Statue of the Independence War.
The Matthias Church of Budapest which lies in front of the Fishermen's Bastion also.
It dates back to 1015 and was used as coronation Church by Hungarian Kings.
Also knows as Church of Our Lady
On a bright sunny day it was rather hard to capture the special Raven with Ring, on the steeple...
Inside the Matthias Church or Church of Our Lady
We wish we could have heard the organ play during Mass!
Equestrian Statue of Saint Stephen, first Christian King of Hungary
Photo taken from the Fishermen's Bastion of the Danube River with Parliament Building - The 3rd largest Parliament Building in the World!
Completed in 1902 after 20 years of construction and consists of 691 rooms.
It also houses the Hungarian Crown Jewels
A view more to the left from the Parliament Building across the River Danube
Husband Pieter enjoying the spectacular views from Fishermen's Bastion
We did have some free time to stroll around...
View from the Matthias Church, coming out of this side street...
We found a nice place for a cappuccino and a tea for me...
Castle Hill Budapest...
Remains of the Blessed Virgin and Saint Sigismund Royal Chapel erected on about 1410 near Castle Hill
Castle Hill with its mythical Turul bird (left).
Passing with our bus by the Chain Bridge, Clark Adám tér, that connected Buda and Pest
The bus passing along Batthyány tér driving across Parliament Building
Zoomed out across the Danube River with the Parliament Building
Taken from the Budapest V. kerúlet district across the River Danube
Another spectacular view from across the River Danube
Loved the Hungarian flag waving proudly above and in front of Buda Castle, Hungary's Royal Palace.
Such a RICH history to explore in the capital of Budapest or Buda and Pest
Sad that we did NOT stop for the Dohány Street Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and the second largest synagogue in the world!
Budapest district VII kerület
One more spectacular building near our Párisi Udvar Hotel where we returned for lunch...
You just can see the Dome from the St. Stephen's Basilica, Budapest's largest Church!
What a dream it would have been for listening to the organ there...
We could have spent a lot more time strolling around!
This is a short Relive video from our Morning Walk with husband Pieter through Budapest
Hope you enjoyed this little tour...
This is a short Relive video of the entire bus tour, with guide from Viking and our walk through Budapest.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

My 3rd Trip with Husband Pieter to Hungary with stay at Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest

On Monday, June 3, we both did fly on KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from Amsterdam to Budapest!
Back to our favorite country one more time...
Starting our Viking cruise PASSAGE TO EASTERN EUROPE from Budapest to Bucharest with a 2 night stay at this newly renovated GEM: Párisi Udvar Hotel Budapest (Hyatt).
Here husband Pieter stands in front of its door...
A special Arabic, Moorish and Gothic design.
An architectural marvel!
While having breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Párisi Passage Café & Brasserie one can indulge in its overhead beauty!
Inside, on our way to our room...
You bet we slept like roses under this down duvet on down pillows...
White lacquered room furniture...
The TV was even framed by white lacquer (center of photo)...
Marble bathroom...
The entire bathroom was done in pure luxury, complete with toilet/bidet.
Modern and convenient
Moving sensors built into the baseboard for lighting up during the night!
WHAT A GEM indeed!

Wish it could have lasted longer than those 2 nights...

From there we did tour Budapest the next morning by bus and on foot.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

My 2nd Trip with Husband Pieter to Budapest in FREE Hungary

As you now know from reading my blog posts, we both LOVE the Hungarian culture, its composers, music and all.
So we booked a trip by luxury bus, all the way from The Netherlands with main stays Prague, Budapest and Vienna.
So here we went again on September 25 of 1996...
Happy me in the bus on our beautiful route from Vienna via Bratislava to Budapest in Hungary.
We stayed at hotel Hunor in room 203.
address was: Budapest, Pünkösdfürdő u. 40, Hungary
After breakfast we head to Buda and Pest with our Dutch speaking guide; Imre.
He had been in The Netherlands after WWI when there was famine in Hungary.
More than 60,000 Hungarian children left between 1920 and 1930.
In 2018 there was an exhibition in Budapest, highlighting the famous 'baby trains' mainly to the Netherlands and Belgium to stay with foster parents.
My screenshot is being translated by google and thus a bit 'off' but it tells the story.
published on: www.rd.nl
from: www.federatio.org/history.html
We both found it heartwarming to hear about so much gratitude towards our birth country!
View over the Danube as seen from Buda looking at Pest...
While the rest of the group went on a boat on the Danube, we both went into the city.
The weather was pleasant for walking.
Wearing my Chanel loafers and belt with purse.
At a luxury mall we found a lightweight linnen/cotton/polyamide sweater for Pieter and for me socks of the same content, for wearing in my boots.
Oh, at this mall I also spotted a dream of an Escada suit that I later found on eBay as the boutique price was way off limit for us...
We drank a cappuccino at Café Gerbeaud before walking back to the Danube where our bus was waiting.
Back at our hotel and changed; ready for dinner...
Dinner at a Csárdás restaurant in Budapest with excellent gypsy music + dance!
Yes, I was wearing my Hungarian blouse bought in Szentendre in 1984...
On Friday, September 27, we depart after breakfast for the plains between the Donau and Tisza.
We arrive via Kecskemét at the Pongrácz puszta where we first receive a welcome drink, the Barack Pálinka (apricot brandy).
Next we enjoy a wonderful horse show!
Horse show and a DONKEY... to the right!
When I wanted a photo with these artists, this horse man planted his dusty hat on my head...!
The female rider and her horse with our entire group.
Husband Pieter is at the top right, wearing a cap (we both were the ONLY Americans!) and I'm to his left...
After a delicious hot lunch with goulash soup we went with 8 in a wagon...
The photographer was standing on top of his Trabant and he had these photos developed within the hour that we were out in the puszta.
The weather was nice and sunny!
On Saturday, September 28, we left Budapest by bus, via the Danube Bend with a stop in Esztergom.
Here in Esztergom we visited Hungary's Largest Church-Esztergom Basilica and Treasury (With Facts/Figures) just click through for informative short video.
This Basilica is also seen in my post about Pieter's 1974 visit during Communism.
Here in Esztergom lies Cardinal József Mindszenty reburied since 1991.
A primate of Hungary and hero of the anti-communist resistance. Mindszenty, who had been a prisoner from 1948 to 1956, took refuge after the Hungarian revolt in the American embassy in Budapest.
Cardinal Mindszenty died in 1975 at age 83, he was buried in Austria, where he lived in exile.
The proces for his beautification began in 1996.
As a child, I remember we prayed a lot for Cardinal Mindszenty!
From Esztergom I brought back this crystal and gold rabbit... named Snuffy.
We used to have a little wild rabbit here but with our felines of course none seen at present!

The bus went to Györ where we had lunch before leaving Hungary for Vienna in Austria.
We got most of this trip video taped...
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Thanks for your vist and comment!


Related links:
Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part III - Szentendre | previous post by me where I bought my blouse...
My 1st Trip to Communist Hungary with Husband Pieter Part II - Budapest | previous post by me
Husband Pieter's 1974 Visit to Esztergom, Hungary during Communism | previous post by me with Basilica in photo
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