Champagne on The Danube.

As part of the three day travel pass I bought on arrival at Budapest airport, a “free” Champagne Danube cruise awaited. As we were on holiday,  we wandered down to the docks for our trip at 9 o’clock on a warm autumn morning, passing this playful couple on the way.

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The day was overcast, but nice and warm, and our pleasure boat was full of voices from all nations, everyone given a little audio headset in their respective languages and off we went.

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To be honest, the Champagne cruise was a slight misnomer. One plastic glass filled with Asti Spumanti, but we weren’t really there for that. A river cruise is always a different way to see a city, the views of the various buildings totally different from those at street level.

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The Parliament building, one of the iconic structures in Budapest is a truly striking building. We were too close to allow me to get a single panoramic shot of the entire facade in front, but I could from a slight angle.

DSC_0253I loved seeing the old and the new side by side.

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We were seeing things from the river that we were going to see in better detail later in our trip. We didn’t know, from the river, that this was a wonderful indoor market.

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Fishermans Wharf, a place dark in Hungarian history, as the pictures of Hitler stood there overlooking the river testify, is now a wonderful place to eat, drink and be a tourist.

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The Royal Palace, an immense structure.

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There were also the famous Budapest natural spring baths. This one though, as we found out the day after, was men only.

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This place, nestled into the base of the cliffs really intrigued, but sadly we didn’t get time to have a look round, which was a real shame, it looked great.

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The trip was a couple of hours long, we stopped on a little island for a few minutes to buy an ice cream, the Champagne wasn’t but it was a really good way to see the city and save my poor elderly legs.

 

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Elderly rotund toothless male seeks wilderness to travel to.
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2 Responses to Champagne on The Danube.

  1. Nikki says:

    I’ve always thought that the views you get while on a river are the best, and your photos attest to the truth of that observation. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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