The first day of our cruise was in Budapest, Hungary.
Budapest (pronounced more like Budapesh)...is actually two cities divided by the Danube river...Buda & Pest.
Buda is more the older, historical, and hilly city...while Pest is more modern, flat, and with more residents.
We visited the Castle District in Buda...as well as St. Matthias' Church. We didn't go inside, as it was Sunday
and Mass was going on. Our guide, Otto, told us that Hungary was once a huge country. But it was conquered
so many times, by so many different people...eventually it became the size it is today...not gaining its
independence until 1989.
There was much WWII damage in Buda. All the beautiful bridges connecting Buda & Pest were bombed.
We had time to walk around and explore. We visited the Jewish Quarter & Hero Square.
Shopping was a bust, as there is a law for shops to be closed on Sundays.
The Parliament Building by day:
And by night:
Sailing out of Budapest at night was so incredibly beautiful!
Iz and I stayed out until we were the only ones on the top deck.
Fit Bit tracker: 5.5 miles. Woohoo!
On to Slovakia!