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Family Vacation, Part 3: Eger, Hungary

Last week’s post was pretty serious so I want to break things up a bit with some more family vacation pictures.  They make me happy.

We decided to take a day trip to Eger (pronounced egg-air), Hungary.  It was hard to choose one day trip.  There were so many places I wanted to see, including the town where my great-grandmother is buried, but it was too hard to get to.  And there was a lot to see and do in Eger.  It seemed like the right choice.

And we were so lucky because the day they were there, all of the locals were dressed in period costume and having archery contests.

Eger is famous for it’s castle, thermal baths and it’s wine, especially Bull’s Blood, a full bodied red wine (so good!!!).  Here are some pics from our day.

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This is the main train station in Budapest.

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Oliver loved how you could see the tracks and the trains as soon as you walked in. And look at that ceiling!

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The train had huge windows to look out of.

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Along the trip, these beautiful yellow flowers were blossoming as far as the eye could see.

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Just a sweet picture of my guys.

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Oliver snapped this of me while I was looking out of the window. I kind of love it.

Once we arrived, we took a short cab ride into the town.  We were starving so the first thing we did was find some lunch.  It was so yummy!!!

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Strawberry soup. It’s a cold soup made with strawberries and sour cream. My grandma used to make a version with cherries. It’s a soup but it’s like a dessert. It’s basically the best thing ever.

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I had schnitzel on this trip more than I care to admit. I love schnitzel!!!

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I also love paprikas!

Eger has a really cool history.  This blurb was taken from ricksteves.com.  Eger is “famed as the town that, against all odds, successfully held off the Turkish advance into Europe. Working their way up the Balkan Peninsula, 60,000 Turks arrived in Eger on September 11, 1552. Some 2,000 Eger residents, fighting from within their castle’s protective walls, held the line against the advancing invaders. After a 38-day siege, the Turks retreated in defeat. Sadly, they returned in 1599 and, this time, succeeded in conquering the castle. The Turks sacked the town and controlled the region for close to a century.”

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Depiction of the Turks invading Eger in 1552. The Hungarians held them off in a 38 day battle.

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Locals dressed in period costume and engaging in archery contests throughout the town.

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View of Eger from the castle walls.

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Doesn’t Eger look like a storybook village?

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The beautiful, quaint streets of Eger.

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Town center.

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We let Oliver take control of the camera several times on this vacation and we found that his pictures were some of our favorites.  Here is Eger from Oliver’s perspective.

That’s Eger!  Going there made me want to explore all of the small towns of Hungary but, alas, we were soon heading off to our next destination, Vienna.  The final part of our journey to come next week.


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Budapest, Part 2

Here is part two of our family trip to Budapest and Vienna.

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Heroes Square

 

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Candy at a street market

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Vajdahunyad Castle

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Trampolines at City Park

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Liberty Bridge

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Chain Bridge

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Parliament at night

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You can even go to Brooklyn in Budapest

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Yummy meal on a snowy spring day. Bone marrow

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sweet pickled cabbage

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Lamb paprikas with bacon wrapped cheese noodles. At Ghetto Goulash.

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Entrance to the Gellert thermal baths

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Last view of Budapest, 5 minutes before leaving for the airport

 

Next week, our day trip to Eger, Hungary.


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Family Vacation Part I (Of Many)

It’s been a month since we got back from our first overseas trip as a family.  Budapest and Vienna were amazing!!!  So spectacular.  I fell in love with it as our plane was descending and I could see the Hungarian farmland stretching for miles.  I wondered, are any of the things I am seeing the same things my grandmother or grandfather saw at one time in their lives?  Could any of these people be extended family or descendants of neighbors that survived the war?  My connection to this land was immediate.

I remember my grandmother telling me about the beauty of Budapest.  She was spot on.  The architecture was unbelievable and the modern mixed with the historic was a visual overload for me.

We are so lucky that we were able to take this trip.  If there is any positive to chemo killing my fertility, it’s that we can afford a (inexpensive) plane ride for three.

I was proud to share my heritage with my husband and son and I’m so excited to share my pictures with all of you.

In all, I took about 4000 pictures on our trip.  Only a few hours after landing, Oliver exclaimed, “Mom, how many pictures are you going to take?” I know, crazy right?  Here are some to start you off.

**Disclaimer: I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t want to look through all of them.  I’m having trouble showing you all my favorites because they are all my favorites!

 

 

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And, we’re off!!!!

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First view of Hungary from the airplane.

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Central Market

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Our first meal! It was so yummy.

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Chimney cake, my first of many.

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Inside Parliament. My picture doesn’t do it justice.

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Someone wasn’t into the audio tour.

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Outside Parliament. I could study that architecture for hours.

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Oliver took this photograph. He ended up taking some amazing pictures on this trip.

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I made sure to find playgrounds for Oliver each day. Luckily, Budapest had great ones all over the city.

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Hmmm…which streudel to get?

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Holocaust Memorial. So simple. So powerful.

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Selfie at the Chain Bridge.

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View of Pest from the funicular going to Buda.

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The view from Buda was absolutely breathtaking.

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Don’t even get me started on the pastries!

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A Star Wars themed sausage joint in the Jewish Quarter. It seems kitschy but the food was amazing and there was always a huge line out of the door of both locals and tourists.

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The old mixed with the new on a street in the Jewish Quarter.

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The weeping willow at the Synagogue.

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Budapest is getting into the street food scene and Karavan had a lot of interesting choices.

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The Budapest tasting at New York Cafe.

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New York Cafe. Back in the day you could buy a cup of coffee and sit there all day. It was so ornate and wonderful.

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View from the Basilica

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About 350 stairs to get to the top of the Basilica.

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The Budapest Eye. It was a beautiful ride.

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Budapest rainbow.

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Oh, those chimney cakes!

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We found a model train museum. If you go to Budapest with a child (or not), Miniversum is wonderful. We all had a great time.

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The Opera House was so beautiful. Unfortunately, we missed the tour by 5 minutes so we only got to see the entrance. It’s supposed to be wonderful.

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Andrassey Avenue

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