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Saturday, July 23, 2016

European Vacation - Part VIII

Linking to Inspired Sunday

Fortunately for us we visited the St. Stephen's Basilica on Monday morning on our own before we boarded the river cruise boat.  The tour from AmaWaterways the next day did not have time for us to go in. We only drove passed it on the tour bus.

St. Stephen's Basilica is named for the first king of Hungary.

Look closely at the green dome above.  Just below it is a railing.  We took 2 very small elevators to reach that height.  Photos from that spot are near the end of this post.

This is the reliquary that is supposed to house St. Stephen's right hand.

Here are the views from the outside of the dome.  The church is one of the tallest structures in Budapest.

We must have been looking down on a hotel here.

I really liked that roof.  I think its tiles.

My brother and sister in law.

Inside the dome.  There were stairs to take if you wanted.

Last views before descending.

More to come.  Stop back again.

Friday, July 22, 2016

European Vacation - Part VII

We arrived in Budapest, Hungary after dark on June 5th to board the AmaPrima the next afternoon for our river cruise up the Danube.

That Monday morning we had plenty of time to walk the city before we collected our bags at the boutique hotel I had found for us to stay on Sunday night.

Our room had the only balcony.  Here was the view of the narrow street the next morning.

That's our balcony with the flags.

The buildings here have such interesting features.

The streets are so walkable.

That statue is on the other side of the Danube on the Buda side of the city.

There were lovely pedestrian streets.  Here is one on the approach to St. Stephen's Basilica.

More on Budapest to come.  Our boat didn't depart from here until Tuesday evening.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

European Vacation - Part VI

This is the last post from Helsinki, Finland.  On Sunday night June 5th we flew to Budapest to board the AmaWaterways River Cruise on the 6th.  Budapest will be featured in the next posts to come.

I shared this earlier, but again the apartment my brother rented through FlipKey was on the second floor of that yellow building down the block.

Looking out the window across the street were shops on the ground floor and other apartments above.

Inside the walls were covered with art work.

Dan taking a nap in one of the bedrooms.

My brother, Steve in the living room.

My sister- in-law in the kitchen.

The library/study.

The bathroom with a strange shaped tub and no shower curtain.  We managed.  There was a washer there too.

At the waterfront  there were lots of produce stands and seafood stands.

This woman sold fish from her boat.

A ghost sign in English, though everyone seemed to understand English.

In the enclosed market lots of items for sale,

This was lunch.  It was like egg salad.

Back at the apartment with its ancient elevator.

The ceiling in the National Museum

A street musician.

Lunch on Suomenlinna.

Dan had a beef dish.

I had asparagus risotto.

We really enjoyed our visit to Helsinki, Finland.  What a friendly and easily accessible city it was.

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