It’s comforting to know that some things stay the same. As we wandered the streets of Budapest after a long absence, we wondered if we’d see any of the charming elements of daily life that endeared us to the Hungarian capital years ago.
In the Middle Ages, the most basic rule of kingship was to hold the high ground. Castles and fortresses all over Europe prove the point, and Medieval Buda was no different.
“If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow. But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.” –Gyorgy Ligeti
Our EuroCity train from Bratislava rumbled along uneven tracks, swaying slightly side to side. Bucolic scenes of sunflower fields ready for harvest gradually gave way to graffiti-laden suburbs outside the train window.
Autumn is one of our favorite times to visit Europe, and this week we’re heading out again. We plan to visit 3 new (to us) countries: Ukraine, Poland, and Slovakia, and to return to Hungary and Austria. Last fall we took a fascinating ramble through the Baltic region, visiting Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. We plan to …