Thanksgiving night

Trip Start Nov 22, 2006
Trip End Nov 27, 2006

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

The first night we stayed in Jim's favorite hotel in Budapest--one he has always wanted to share with Shannon. He had previously stayed there with Andy and Joe, but the romance was obviously missing in those stays. Shannon really enjoyed the great views and since it's a bit of a secret, that's all we're going to say about it here. If you want to know where I'm talking about, you'll just have to e-mail me personally.

After landing in the afternoon, we didn't want to fall victim to jet lag (we only had 4 days!) so we dropped our bags in the hotel room and took off, walking over to Castle Hill and taking in some of the standard Budapest sites--the Fisherman's Bastion, Matthius Church, the Royal Palace, the National Gallery, and Margaret Island in the middle of the Danube. Then we went swimming in the Gellert Baths at the Gellert Hotel. Budapest is famous for its baths and this is one of the more famous, having appeared in a couple movies and in plenty of travel magazine and book photos. In person, its pretty neat. Equally neat is the arcane system of payment and the baffling set of tunnels and locker rooms you need to navigate just to find the pool. Since it cost $12 to swim there we took our time and spent a few hours there.
Then we stayed awake a few hours more and had Thanksgiving dinner. The food was Hungarian so it was hearty and the portions were huge. Jim had vegetarian, mushroom goulash.
It was awesome and I thanked the pilgrims and indians the whole time I enjoyed it.
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