The Hotel was for many years
We spent our first night in one of the many lively restaurant districts around the city. We decided we had to try a typical Hungarian restaurant. The food was as hearty and heavy as it was 35 years ago when Hungarian restaurants were the only place John Hull and I could afford to eat when we were tired of Chinese food. It reminded me of the famous question. “What is the difference between Hungarian food and Chinese food?” In a Chinese restaurant you can eat for 3 hours, and an hour later you’re hungry. In a Hungarian restaurant you can eat for an hour, and three days later you’re still not hungry!
The next morning, our first task was to visit the Russian Embassy since we arrived too late to go on Wednesday. Sure enough, the
We spent the rest of the time touring around the city by foot, boat and public transit. We were looking forward to using the subway, since a portion of the system was the first to be built in
While most people tend to dwell on the magnificence of
The city has many grand streets and buildings, designed in the Baroque style. The Parliament buildings are more outstanding than those in
As we traveled around, we thought of our many friends and acquaintances who came to
While we didn’t meet a lot of local people, I enjoyed the staff and servers we met, who unlike their Canadian equivalents, were by no means subservient, and never seemed compelled to tell you what you wanted to hear. I also enjoyed watching the women, especially the older women who had a certain style that one doesn’t see in older Canadian women. Many reminded me of Zsa Zsa Gabor, that most Hungarian of film actresses.
While we could easily have spent a lot more time in the city, after two days it was again time to move on. We had had enough salami, paprika and local beverages to last us for a while. We were eager to get to