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June 18, 2012

Budapest

Back on the road/rails again and heading to Eindhoven airport (1 hour, 40 minutes from the Hague). It was pouring when we left but not too cold. Everyone is damp and rather looking forward to the WARM and DRY weather forecasted in Budapest. In fact it is supposed to hit 90 degrees so we may complain about the heat.

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June 19, 2012

Budapest Opera

We wanted to see something at the Hungarian State Opera Theater as it looked so lovely. There was either opera/symphony or ballet about 5 nights out of the week to choose from and we got tickets to the ballet Romeo and Juliet as Charlotte is such a lover of dance.

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The theater is very impressive and the show was equally so. The scenery and the dancers were outstanding. The only downside was the heat in there which made it rather uncomfortable for about the first half. Our tickets were some of the last remaining so up high but at $2,10 per person quite a deal. The most expensive were about $25! People there truly love their classics. I wish American cities had this much available at this quality and price.

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June 20, 2012

Budapest views

Views from the Castle area were amazing and the churches lovely.

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July 14, 2012

My book purchase in Budapest

We were browsing in one of the used book stores near our apartment in Budapest (I got a neat atlas from the 50s) when an elderly, scruffy man came in trying to sell two very old books to the store owner. The owner said he couldn't take them and when I looked at them he said they were religious ("theology") but neither person's English allowed anymore than that.

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I ended up buying one of them from the old man as I couldn't resist -- books are a passion of mine. I have no idea what it is exactly but it's leather bound with metal clasps. The date is 1849 and it is from Hungary.

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If anyone speaks Hungarian or has insights into what this is I'd love to hear from you.

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