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Budapest from hillThe end of the trail, um, cruise.  We sailed into Budapest in the early morning and were captivated by the two cities, Buda and Pest, as they straddled the Danube in their timeless elegance.    The river was crowded with other cruise ships, flotillas of tourist boats, the occasional commercial craft and us.   But even the floating masses didn’t detract from the sublime architecture lining the river’s banks.  The wedding-cake-like Parliament, Buda Castle, Fisherman’s Bastion – familiar sights from every travel poster and movie set in Eastern Europe, but so jaw-droppingly lovely in person.  Our ship made one long trip down the Danube, reversed course and docked.   Our final destination. Continue Reading →

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