Friday, September 23, 2016
The Autumnal Equinox is one of my favorite events to celebrate. It marks the end of summer but more importantly for me it signals the beginning of the season of festive events and holidays that culminates with the arrival of the new year. The coming Fall days and weeks are my favorite time of the year.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Bad weather in the Prague area resulted in our flight from Budapest to Frankfurt being delayed over an hour. As a result we missed our overseas flight to Philadelphia. We now have to fly to Washington, DC then Philadelphia. As we flew over the storm the cloud formations were spectacular.
Sunday morning, for a tour, we met Alan Gellert, a good friend of both Richard Keiser and Rob Hegstrom, who both live in PA. We'd met Alan on the ship and he has become special, for his moral convictions, interest in art and history, and companionability. With Alan we took the funicular up to the hilel on the Buda side of the city. There we enjoyed lunch in a cafe and then visited the National Gallery in Buda Castle. From the temporarily-closed Fine Arts Museum we saw 57 art works, including special masterpieces by Brueghel, Velasquez and Courbet. We also saw Hungarian early 20th century art and two special exhibits on Picasso and Modigliani. Later in the day Jim and I visited the large Basilica of St. Stephen before dining at the Callas Restaurant opposite the splendid 19th century opera house. Budapest is a city of contrasts, from all of the restorations of architecture damaged during wartime, to the homeless sleeping in doorwayys just a few blocks from the downtown. Hungary's politics, sadly, are headed to the right, so we wish the people well. - Dan
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Our ship was docked on the Danube right near the Liberty Bridge. On a morning tour we visited "Mathias" church, the castle, and the Fisherman'sh Bastion in Pest. On the other side, Buda, we stopped at the Hero's Square. After lunch and a rest, Jim visited Gellert Baths to frolic in the wave pool, while Dan played piano, Chopin and Brahams, on the ship. After dinner the ship toured the Danube at night for a cruise, with views of all of the buildings illuminated, a magical sight. - Dan