Traveling with the two little guys means that my downtime is more limited on this trip, and so far the little bit I've had has been spent on taking naps or drinking coffee or alcohol so as to keep everyone happy). So my trip updates are going to a LOT briefer than previous trip updates. Anyway, here goes!
Day 1 (Friday 25 June)After taxi, train, plane and bus rides (potentially Aldus's best day EVER), we arrived at the apartment in the late afternoon / early evening. The boys were both nearing meltdown stage, so dinner in public was out of the question. Charles and I went grocery shopping, made pasta dinner at the apartment, then for a walk with halmeoni and the boys around neighborhood and got ice cream near the Opera House.
Day 2 (Saturday 26 June)Legenda boat tour on Danube, quick visit to Margaret Island with pedal cart ride for Charles, Aldus and I and ice cream for everyone. Lunch at József nádor Square, walked ALL the way up Andrássy út, coffee at Café Kara while listening to a sound check for a huge free concert in City Park (Rod Stewart, but none of his music in the sound check), Heroes Square where Aldus ran around shirtless, dinner at a Hungarian buffet place around the corner from the apartment.
Day 3 (Sunday 27 June)
We thought it was going to be a rainy day, so we started indoors at the little Millennium Underground Museum. (The M1 line in Budapest opened in 1897 - the first subway system on the European continent, just a few years behind the London Underground.) Then we took the real subway over to the gorgeous Parliament building on the river, bought some of the last tickets for a tour that day, grabbed lunch at a place called Rokfort (potentially the only place open in that neighborhood on a Sunday), returned to Parliament for our 1pm tour, then walked through Szabadság Square to Első Pesti Rétesház ("First Strudel House of Pest") for strudel and some sweet Hungarian Tokay wine.
After Aldus woke up from his nap and ate two(!) pieces of apple strudel, we went back to Szabadság Square where we stripped him down to his diaper and sandals and encouraged him to run around in the awesome interactive fountains. He was too excited or too scared of the fountains or expected the water to be too cold or something, so he just ran around and didn't actually go in the water. Then we let the kids play in one of the two little playgrounds while we listened the cheers of the crowd gathered in the park to watch the England-Germany match on a huge screen set up for World Cup. We took the subway back to the apartment for some rest and then went out to Két Szerecsen for dinner. It was really good and would have been a GREAT dinner if the boys had cooperated. Oh well.