I think the purpose for each bin is clear, but where is the general rubbish bin? There always needs to be a general rubbish bin where there are recyling bins.
The important looking edifice on the hill is apparently an apartment building. To the left is a church and the white bridge is Elisabeth Bridge.
Note the 'stop homophobia' sticker. While there is a gay scene in Budapest, gay men cannot live open lives as they would in other parts of Europe.
After breakfast we walked along Vaci Ucta and crossed the main road and there were market stalls.
We turned right towards the river to see if our boat had arrived at port, and sure enough, she was there.
Liberty Statue, high in the Buda Hills.
SuherhenWe decided to ride to southern terminus of route 2. While waiting for a tram, along came these older models, presumably running Sunday excursion trips. There was little to see at the southern end except for an impressive market building roof.
We then caught the tram to the northern terminus where we had been the day before at Margaret Bridge where route 4/6 tram travels. We avoided the place where we had lunched the day before and slipped into a side street, possibly Jaszai Mari Ter, for some lunch.
At the end of the street I spotted these trolley buses. I was a bit excited as I had never seen one close up, well not for three decades anyway.
Both old trams were sitting at the northern route 2 terminus.
We walked halfway across Margaret Bridge and then down to Margaret Island.
Teen age girls the world over seem to love squealing.
On the island was a really amusing fountain that had many variations of water sprays and spurts.
Back up onto the bridge and the tram back to the hotel to collect our cases and catch our taxi to our boat.
Just as we were about to leave the taxi, it poured down with rain, the heaviest rain of our whole holiday. The first items pointed out to us on the ship were the automatic hand sanitiser dispensers. This is a daily bulletin, left in our room each evening detailing the plan for the following day. It is a very useful daily record and reminder of what we did, meaning I pretty well stopped writing the point diary I keep. At 6pm was a safety briefing and an introduction to the ship by the captain and the tour director.
Dinner was waiter service and all was good except we chose our seats poorly and were somewhat trapped. We didn't make that mistake again.
That evening the ship went down river to the illuminated Parliament building and then back to the mooring. The lights of Budapest were fantastic, but my camera and I are not, so no pictures. It was lightly raining and R and I went up onto the sun deck and stood under shadecloth that gave us some protection against the rain. A waiter came up onto the deck with a tray of schnapps for anyone stupid enough to be on the deck in the rain. I'll have two of those, young man, each.
There aren't too many photos today, so I will add some of the ship.
We were at the end of the very long central passage. We decided it was a good thing as we would walk off our food intake.
We didn't sleep well the first night as the bedding was too heavy and warm for us. We had the maid separate the sheets from the quilt in the future and that solved that problem. The doors slide right open and you can hang outside the ship, but the aircon goes off when the doors are open. More expensive rooms are larger and/or have a small balcony.
The shower wasn't too bad. The toilet was aircraft style, whoosh. The bathroom was a tightish squeeze though.
Three levels, with the lowest only having porthole windows. We were in the middle level about four windows back.
These are great devices for walking tours. Switch it on, get near your tour leader to pick up the frequency and the tour guide can speak to you in the ear piece. The range is impressive. We were warned and sure enough it happened to me. I could still hear the guide talking but I could no longer see him and I was following the wrong group. Note the usb ports, very useful for charging up phones and tablets. Keeping two phones, one tablet, one note book, an mp3 player, digital radio and a camera charged up was a nightmare for the whole trip. I wanted to take a power board with four outlets but R said it would be heavy in the luggage. I wish I had.
Tomorrow, organised sight seeing in Budapest before we begin our cruise up the Danube.