BC: After two wonderful weeks, we are on our way home.
FC: Vienna & Budapest April 2007
1: Our first day exploring Viennna | The weather was fabulous. We ate outdoors and enjoyed seeing the sights and having Kyle and Lynnette take care of us.
2: Great Food and Quaint Shops Abound
3: Young and old are outside, enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful gardens.
5: All human beings are born free and equal in human rights They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
7: "Honour your German masters , then you preserve good spirits". This seemingly politically incorrect saying is actually from one of Richard Wagner's operas.
10: Schloss Schoenbrunn is a beautiful castle surrounded by gardens and walkways. Karl 1 - the last Austrian emperor, abdicated here in 1918.
14: the tour in this castle was done in German...so we only understood a portion of all that was said......
15: l | Leaving Vienna and heading to Budapest.
16: On our way to Budapest, we stopped at Lake Tatabanya and enjoyed a wonderful but inexpensive meal - Lynnette had two!! burgers. | There were great cafes and restaurants everywhere serving wonderful local dishes.
17: this is what they call "Hungarian Red" | the popular little trabant!
18: At home with Kyle and Lynnette. All clothes had to be line-dried, the BBQ was well used, the backyard was shared with the neighbours. Peter and I were treated like royalty and given the best bed - even all the windows were washed before our arrival.
19: Lynnette is holding little Begli, who was later renamed Mono.
20: Living in the same neighbourhood as Kyle and Lynnette were the grandparents of one of the baseball players (Gerge). They were so pleased to show us their garden and serve us an afternoon cup of homemade wine along with some ice cream as well as show us pictures of their family. They were welcoming and gracious hosts and their garden looked amazing considering it was just the middle of April.
22: ......over the course of the holiday, there seem to be a lot of pictures taken of the back of my head.......
23: signs were abundant......but what did they all mean?
24: In a beautiful courtyard we found a cafe that served us one of our favourite coffee breaks - 2 lattes each as well as some delicious appies and desserts - all for less than $25.00!!
25: ...the market in Budapest was full of unique foods and Hungarian treasures...
26: Some of the beautiful architecture of Budapest.
27: One evening Kyle and Lynnette took us for a relaxing swim at a local bath house. There were outdoor and indoor pools, places to lounge, whirlpools, and people playing checkers.
28: Budapest at Night
29: a Statue of Liberty stands atop Gellert Hill
36: The Operation Mobilization offices sat atop a hill with a beautiful view....however mowing the lawn proved to be quite a challenge
37: The contrast of old and new is everywhere.
39: The centre at Ofalu was where Kyle and Lynnette, along with Carlos and Rita ran a bazaar. This was to provide inexpensive clothing to people who had very little.They also taught English there, worked on computers and played soccer with the kids.