I’m back, possums, and while I haven’t completely processed my vacation yet and have only today to rest up and tomorrow go back to work, I will sum up and say that getting out of one’s country does wonders for your perspective on just about EVERYTHING! 10 hours on a plane is just one perspective to avoid in the future. Man-oh-man, I’m not sure THAT’S worth it. Perhaps next time, I’ll find somewhere closer to home! I was sans internet, TV (our remote didn’t work in our apartment), and newspapers, and you know what? The exact same news was going on as when I left. I didn’t miss a thing. In fact, it was wonderful not to soak up all that pessimism and hatred that is spewed out in commercials and on blogs on a daily basis. I do know more about the riotous, raucous, religiously contentious Hungarian history than I can ever use in my daily life, but I learned many things about myself, specifically my heritage, from this trip. It was fun, exhausting, and unique, but I am soooooo glad to be back among my English speaking fellow Americans. I will describe more later.
But, now I must share my favorite part of visiting Budapest: the FOOD! My stars, I now know where most of my tastes in cuisine come from. We stopped into a nice little lunch cafe on a side street in Pest. The picture below is a delicious mushroom soup with, of course, mushrooms, and bits of unique pasta and vegetables:
This was the most flavorful and delicious soup I’ve ever had. Next up came a plate of fried Camembert cheese and rice:
The little dish next to it is cranberry jam to dip your cheese into. OMG! Heaven. My son (who’s hands you see) had sauteed goat chease disks and some vegies. Needless to say, there were lots of cheeses and meats to choose from on every menu. Our breakfasts consisted of either French Croissants or Parma ham and Parmesan shaves on grainy rolls and dark espresso coffee or, my personal favorite, gold coffee, which is coffee poured on top of a couple tablespoons of honey. Mix and enjoy. YUMM!
Yet, I didn’t really pig out like I’ve done here in the states. Maybe it was because I was walking about 10 or more a day on this trip. Whew! Surprisingly, my back feels great even though at night I could barely get in and out of bed for all the aches and pains! Lots of Advil. Also we took in a Turkish spa and steamed the aches away. I got some awesome shots of Pest from the Buda side and vice-versa. Will share more later, but here’s one of my favorite shots of St. Stephen’s Basilica and the famous Bridge on the Pest side of the Danube, shot from the Buda side: