Sunday, October 4, 2015


Munich was our last destination on this trip.  We flew into Munich and flew out of this city.  Munich is one of my favorite cities in Germany.  It is a perfect combination of old and modern.  There is so much to see and to do and the food is amazing.  Getting around is a breeze as there are so many ways to get from point a to point b. The sun seams to shine just a little more on this city in my opinion.  If you plan on attending Oktoberfest, you will need to book your tickets in advance and make sure you book your hotel as well as even an hour out of the city hotels fill up.  The closer you are to the city center the more expensive the hotels will be, but if you are willing to take the S bahn out to one of the cities suburbs, than you can get a hotel room for a reasonable price.  We stayed out by the airport as it was convenient for us on the day of departure.  I also have a friend who lived out that way, so it made it easy for me to meet up with her and her family.  Oktoberfest is not the only reason to travel to Munich.  The city is reach in museums and history.  We were only able to see a small fraction of the city.  I guess that means another trip to Munich.  Don't miss the famous Glockenspiel located in Marienplatz. It only plays during certain times during the day, so don't forget to check the times before heading into the city.  We also took the opportunity to see the Frauenkirche before heading back to our hotel.

Statue of Thierensenweise or Bavaria.  


dinner with my friend Elk and her daughter.
Good company and good food.
Bavaria knows how to do it right when it comes to good food.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Budapest at Night

I don't think I need to say much as the photos do the job. Budapest is beautiful at night.  We went to a folk dance performance and then we took a cruise along the Danube River.  I have to say I was a little disappointed in the cruise as it was late by the time we boarded the boat.  They immediately sat us for dinner and the food was OK, but not amazing; however, I didn't expect the food to be amazing as the cruise was pretty inexpensive.  As we were eating we were passing the beautiful sights of the city I had to jump up multiple times from my dinner to get photos of the city.  Overall, I think we could have skipped the dinner cruise. It just wasn't worth it!  Do take time to stroll through the city at night and along the banks of the river.  So beautiful! It is a safe city and easy to navigate.

Friday, October 2, 2015

New York Cafe in Budapest

If you were only to have a drink in this cafe, than it would be so worth the visit.  This cafe is total eye candy.  It is amazing! I splurged and got the spaghetti!  The spaghetti was amazing!  Didn't have room for dessert, but by looking at the pictures on menu they looked amazing too! I don't think I have ever eaten in a cafe that is so decadent.  You will definitely feel like a Queen. The cafe opened it's doors in 1894 and was built by the New York Life Insurance Company in adjacent to the hotel which they wanted to be one of the finest hotels and cafes in the world.  They accomplished this and was popular among many in the literary world.  The hotel fell into some disrepair during the war, but was taken over by the Boscolo group did an amazing job renovating the cafe because not a detail is missed.  The cafe is total perfection.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

3 Countries

No Joke!
We had the opportunity to be in 3 countries at the same time.
Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia
It only took us an hour and half to find this place, but fun just the same.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Walk in the Jewish Quarter "Corner View"

I am not Jewish nor did I live during War World II, but I feel a certain responsibility to acknowledge what took place during that time frame.  Jewish presence in Budapest goes back to the 1300 hundreds and in the 1930's the population was around 200,000 less than 5% of the total population. The Jews were well integrated into society unlike in Poland. They held jobs of high prominence and were leaders in many fields such as math and science.  Anti-Jewish sentiment did not escape Hungary and just like the rest of Europe many Jews were either massacred or sent to Auschwitz. I have never been to a Jewish Synagogue.  It was lovely!  I saw many similarities in it's design to the Catholic cathedrals throughout Europe.  I was surprised by it's grandeur.  I actually wish I would have gone on a tour through the Jewish Quarter or had hired a private guide.  The Jewish Quarter was really easy to walk, but I think I would have benefited by a guide by learning more about this part of Hungarian history. One cannot acknowledge this part of history in Hungary without walking down to the banks of the Danube River to see the shoe memorial.  The shoes along the banks respresent the lives lost to the Arrow Cross who ordered in the years of 1944-1945 Jews to take off their shoes at the edge of the river and then shot them in the back. While every live is precious it was all I could do not to loss it when I saw the shoes of a small toddler.  Heartbreaking!

 tribute to the rubic cube which was invented by a Hungarian

 Street Art

 The ghetto wall

Corner View a weekly gathering around the globe created by Spain Daily then by hosted Francesca and now by me.  Please feel free to join us.  Just leave your link in the comments.  We will stop by and see what is  going on in your corner of the world.  It is up to you, we can do a loose theme as we have for the last couple of weeks or can go to a fixed theme.  If you choose a fixed theme next week's theme is Harvest.  Can someone leave me a theme for the following week in the comments.  Thanks, Kelleyn!