Today was our next to the last day in Paris. Our walk was over 6-1/2 miles mostly in the Northeast part of the city. It was full of discoveries. Monuments, a Passage of Indian restaurants, lots of shops and markets new to us and a new part of the City with modern high rise buildings, shops and massive modern transit hubs.
It was another interesting day in Paris. The weather has cooled into the low 50s demanding an additional layer, something light but warm…
Today we decided on a walk in the 8th Arr. that included several new surprises along with some old familiar places. After a seafood lunch we decided to squeeze in another movie, enough for a new review post. Stay tuned in the next day or so.
We are back in Paris for a second week after our two week tour to Eastern Europe that included the Czech Republic, Slovakia, a tiny corner of Austria and Hungary. We traveled over 600 miles on our bus. We walked over 120 miles in total averaging 4.2 miles per day.
Now back in Paris, our first day included a much needed visit to the local laundry, a quick trip to the corner store for food and provisions. And a long walk to a movie complex to catch a much needed (English) language movie just to stay current.
Today was our last day in Lucerne. We spent most of the day with our long time friends who live here. This morning’s weather included heavy overcast so we decided to stay close to home and explore nearby areas.
We decided to explore some of the city’s old fortified walls dating back centuries. Next was a leisurely traditional lunch at a local restaurant and another city walk before saying bon voyage. Tomorrow it’s back to Paris.
Today was another day to explore the charming and diverse city of Lucerne. It’s a compact city on a series of lakes with a walkable old town with lots of restaurants and seemingly endless activities.
We started our morning at the local Farmers Market, followed by a visit to an exceptional museum featuring Picasso, Paul Klee and several impressionists. (We unexpectedly ran into the owner of the Rosengart collection and museum whose portraits by Picasso hang in the museum.) We are sorry, photography was not permitted.
Yesterday was a long travel day. An early morning wake up call, followed by an hour ride to the Budapest airport. It was a pleasant 1-1/2 hour flight to Zurich, Switzerland. And then a one hour train ride brought us to Lucerne and a visit with long time friends.
The afternoon included a wonderful lake boat ride followed by a delightful dinner. All and all a long, but fun, day.
Last night we took a 90 minute cruise up and down the Danube. It’s a popular way to see Budapest’s city lights. Here are a few of our favorites.
We enjoyed a full day touring the fascinating city of Budapest. It’s a big sprawling city with a thriving economy and arguably too many tourists.
The sightseeing is abundant and satisfying. Dining options are plentiful, often unique and quite reasonable.
Overall, its a wonderful city and worthy of a few days visit.
As we drove from Bratislava to Budapest we stopped at the Roman city of Carnuntum and later for lunch in the ancient city of Gyor.
Gyor, Hungary is a baroque and neoclassical City.
Yesterday was spent exploring the capital city Bratislava, both old and new. The old area is compact, with many embassies, historic and cultural sights.
The newer areas are filled with Soviet style apartment blocks.
There is a massive modern shopping complex along the Danube River where we discovered a state of the art cinema complex where we saw the film Joker. (More on that later…)