The selfie stick returns! (there were a few "selfie fails" along the way…)
St. Stephen -- converted Hungarians to Christianity and was the nation's first king.
Beautiful city views from atop Fishermen's Bastion.
Peggy and Dorothy take in the sweeping views...
June and Marlene with a gorgeous backdrop...
Pastries and coffee in a Budapest cafe...
Enjoying wonderful coffees!
Of course, we had to try the Hungarian goulash at lunch back on board our ship!
Delicious! (June and I purchased some Hungarian paprika while shopping in town!)
Safety first! (Don't worry--it was just a briefing! We're in excellent hands with Captain Gabor...far right)
The ship (the Viking Njord) is equipped with all the latest technology -- but keeping it level? They use a level...like one you'd buy at Kiper's! See it?
"A level?" I asked.
"When the bubble is in the middle, the ship is level," Captain Gabor explained.
"I know how a level works, I just can't believe you're using the same tool I use to hang pictures straight," I said.
"It works perfectly," he said.
We sailed past Hungary's largest cathedral in a town beginning with an A…or maybe an E? (Sorry - Hungarian is a really complicated language!) St. Stephen was born there and crowned there. His mummified right hand is back in the church bearing his name in Budapest. (He's a pretty big deal around here!)
The ship is perfectly lovely. Here's a glimpse of our room...
This view shows the shower with an opaque glass wall. (There's a kind of a funny story about that -- ask me in person if you want to hear it!)
And the view from our balcony...
We had a welcome dinner with our sharply-dressed crew greeting us!
And I couldn't resist a little selfie with Chef Marcus and Hotel Director Alexander! Such a fun crew!
We'll be sailing through the evening and arriving in Vienna tomorrow morning. We're looking forward to a city tour in the morning and some free time in Vienna tomorrow afternoon, then a visit to the opera! (I know, I know -- I'm not a huge opera fan either, but when in Vienna...)