We joined up with our friends Gloria and Jerry and walked over to the hop on – hop off giraffe bus and headed out for the day. This 2-hour bus ride had something like 23 different stops but we only hopped off a couple of times. Commentary covers the sites and some Hungarian history and cuisine, so it is a lovely way to meet Budapest on a sunny June day.
Our first stop was the covered market, because a hat and mementos had to be purchased along with a food snack or two. Vendors were selling all kinds of foods – meet stands, nuts and gifts of all kinds. Janeen and Gloria were on the hunt for a new hat for Gloria and they both got new a new purse. Architecture that stands out are the 18th and 19th century buildings, but there are plenty of 1000-1600 examples as well. This building had a lovely mosaic at the top and appeared to have been recently restored. Our entire route was scented by the blooming Linden trees that Janeen had to find out about. Having traveled full circle, we found a late afternoon table for a snack and bottle of rose before returning to the Corinthia Hotel to set our appetites for Italian hospitality and Hungarian recipes as well at Comme Chez Soi. This Italian flavored restaurant is listed as #1 in Trip Advisor and we had a lovely time!
After dinner, we boarded a boat for an evening tour along the Danube which was lovely.
Tomorrow we check out of our Hotel and board the River Cruise!