Berlin to Budapest and Back!

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Us and the Pilipino family.
Berlin to Budapest and Back!

Mom, Aunt Rhoda and Aunt Judy arrived in Berlin on the morning of March 14, 2008.  We spent the day touring various sights around Berlin.  We started with a visit to the Schloss Chatlottenburg where a Pilipino family seemed to think we were the coolest things since sliced bread and wanted various pictures.  After a traditional German lunch we headed to a Thai Massage.  Of course communication was lacking so what we thought was going to be a calm, oily massage turned into being placed in somewhat compromising positions such as the Indian (sorry no pictures of this). Well, after that there was only one thing to do, go to KaDeWe for dessert.  It was the right start for what would be a touring holiday filled with jokes and laughter.
Pieces of the Berlin Wall


For the next two days we were running around Berlin being inundated with historical facts and sights.  The Reichstag is the German parliament building.  The coolest thing about this building is the glass dome that sits on top.  As you walk the spiral ramp up the dome you have a marvelous view of Berlin and get to read tidbits about the city and its many revolutions.  At the Brandenburger Tor Tom was pulled into a street performance with an oversized marionette.  We got quite a laugh as the marionette was hugging and climbing all over Tom while Tom stood there not knowing what to do.

On our way to Potsdamer Platz and the Sony Center we strolled through the Holocaust Memorial.  The memorial spans for 205,000 square feet and consists of a field of concrete slabs to remember those Jews that were killed by Nazis between 1933 and 1945.
Tom sleeping during the tour
  We had lunch with a few drinks and decided it was time to get on the tour bus and catch some of the signs from the road.  We passed by a bunch of interesting and important building that I am not going to list but the pictures are below, you will also see that Tom and my mom didn’t find the tour too interesting and decided to catch some shut eye.

On Monday we started our venture to Budapest!  We were hoping to land in sunny, warm Budapest but luck wasn’t on our side because it was cold and rainy with the occasional snow.  We went to the Red Post Wagon (don’t ask me the Hungarian name) for dinner and it was fabulous.  Or favorite part was the Napoleon cake dessert, which we returned for the next night as well!

Tuesday was the BIG sightseeing day!  We hit the pavement hard and walked up and down every hill in that city.
The Seigessaule or "the chick on the stick"
  Some favorites were the Buda Castle, the Fisherman’s Bastion, House of Parliament, the Opera House and the City Market Hall.  Needless to say the next day everyone was in need of a small café to relax so that is what we did.  After visiting the City Park and riding the Metro we found a café and played cards while Aunt Judy hunted for new shoes for my mom.  Mom broke a heel in the City Park!  Once Judy found the perfect pair we headed to Margaret Island and rode the biggest bike I had ever been on.  Mom needed frequent reminders that she was in charge of the break while Tom forgot he was driving.  We were a serious hazard but all made it back safely!

Thursday we jumped the train to Eger.
Berlin by the Spree River
  Eger is known for its small town feel and for its wine cellars.  So we did just that.  We walked throughout the small town and had lunch in a charming little restaurant that had the best Garlic Soup.  After filling our belly’s we made the long march into the valley and into “Wine Cellar Country”.  We didn’t know how to ask for small tasting glasses so by the time we got to the third wine cellar we were all a little happier than before.  All liquored up we headed back to the hotel and took advantage of the sauna, pool and jacuzzi.   

Friday we left Eger, had a scuffle with the taxi driver in Budapest but arrived to the airport in one piece and landed in Berlin right on time.  Saturday the ladies picked up some souvenirs and gifts then they boarded their plane Sunday morning.  Family time was great and Budapest was a cool city with some of the prettiest building I have seen!

Enjoy the pictures!

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Us and the Pilipino family.
Us and the Pilipino family.
Pieces of the Berlin Wall
Pieces of the Berlin Wall
Tom sleeping during the tour
Tom sleeping during the tour
The Seigessaule or the chick on t…
The Seigessaule or "the chick on …
Berlin by the Spree River
Berlin by the Spree River
Tommy and I
Tommy and I
The Holocaust Memorial
The Holocaust Memorial
Tom and Mom boarding the plane
Tom and Mom boarding the plane
Dinner!
Dinner!
Mom and I trying out the local Bud…
Mom and I trying out the local Bu…
Walking up the hills of Budapest
Walking up the hills of Budapest
Thai Massage
Thai Massage
Inside the Reichstag dome
Inside the Reichstag dome
Brandenburger Tor
Brandenburger Tor
Mom and the Napoleon cake
Mom and the Napoleon cake
Tom and the oversized marionette
Tom and the oversized marionette
Mom and the trusty Berlin books
Mom and the trusty Berlin books
Hitting the streets of Berlin
Hitting the streets of Berlin
Reichstag
Reichstag
Bellevue Palace
Bellevue Palace
Citadella
Citadella
Mom and cards.

P.S. She kicked …
Mom and cards. P.S. She kicked…
Me and Aunt Rhoda hoping to beat m…
Me and Aunt Rhoda hoping to beat …
Mom driving the Bike
Mom driving the Bike
The BIG Bike
The BIG Bike
City Hall in Eger
City Hall in Eger
Mom and I at the wine cellars
Mom and I at the wine cellars
Big man on a small bike
Big man on a small bike
The city of Eger
The city of Eger
Tom tasting the wine
Tom tasting the wine
The ladies ready to head home
The ladies ready to head home
Buda Castle
Buda Castle
Chain Bridge over the Danube River
Chain Bridge over the Danube River
The Danube River
The Danube River
On the Buda Castle grounds
On the Buda Castle grounds
Streets of Budapest
Streets of Budapest
The Fishermans Bastion
The Fisherman's Bastion
Tom and the Bastion
Tom and the Bastion
House of Parliament
House of Parliament
Just behind the Millenary Memorial…
Just behind the Millenary Memoria…
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