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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Diet is not an option!

If you are visiting the country where you grew up you are most likely going to eat too much. You have only so much time and want to try everything, sometimes you see something you have to try. The question was: how much weight are we going to gain in 3 weeks. Surprise: we did not gain a pound! Here are a few pictures from our culinary tour in Hungary.
Our everyday Breakfast.
My wife with 2 friends. The 3 of them have been working together for over 10 years. Wanted just a cafe but we ended up with a hot sandwich. It just looked so good!
Going to the market you can't resist the "Lángos", the famous Hungarian specialty.
The biggest market hall in Budapest is a National Heritage Site. Dozens of tour buses are bringing the hungry crowd.
Even the labels are in English. In the middle: sausage wrapped in bacon. Forget about diet!
When I was driving through Turkey for almost a decade this was our favorite beer. My friend brought me a dozen, the only question was: bottle or can?
Visiting another National Heritage Site: Szentendre. Of course we ended up in the restaurant. At the time I was thinking of taking a picture of our very good meal it was all gone.

A food stand on the street downtown. Could you just walk by?
On the way home after visiting my Mom we stopped at a waterfront restaurant famous for it's fish.
Visiting my Older daughter meant another dinner you could not resist. Here is my younger daughter with the 2 hungry grandsons.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Family & Friends

We had only 3 weeks ( travel included ) to visit as many friends and family as possible. In 3 weeks I drove 6400 km, more than when I'm working. We had our home base near Budapest at my Sister in Law's house, to drive to see my Mom is 300 km, to see my Grandsons is another 500 km, it adds up before you know it. But it was fun, good to see my Mother, kids, friends. Of course most of those visits included  a meal, we didn't dare to step on a scale to check how much we gained.

Our home base near Budapest, my Sister in Law's place
The happy female department.
Killing a huge pizza somewhere on the road
My mother, her brother and my younger daughter
We have been working together and been friends for over 30 years
My late brother's daughter, the 2 Angels and her husband.
The famous Café Anna in downtown Budapest
My 2 older Grandsons, both crazy about John Deer. Of course all of our presents
 ( well almost) were their favorite brand

It's not a John Deer but it makes noise. 2 happy kids.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Visiting the "Old Country"

I didn't post anything since April and I apologize for that. I wanted to keep the blog going after the trip but just too many too serious things were happening. My wife fell ill next day after we got home, hospital, surgery, long recovery, then I got sick. Thanks God we are OK now and back in business planning the next trip down south in January. Usually when we visit Hungary we always do it after September, October, we can save enough on airfare to cover a rental car. Since we have been working in Germany for years we fly to Germany, visit a few places, stay at our favorite hotel Gasthof Auer in Passau and carry on the next day. This year we flew in May! The reason: Grandson # 3 was due the first week of May and we didn't want to miss that.

My wife with our rental Ford Focus,
diesel, 860 CDN for 3 weeks, unlimited mileage 
Shocking fuel prices in Germany. It's in Euro, multiply it by 1.35 and it's for a liter 
A church gathering right next to our hotel on the weekend. 
Nice RV-s in a rest area. The one on the left is a Fiat, a Dodge now in the US and Winnebago is building a Motor Home on the Chassis, it's called Trend. 
Truckers can NOT drive on the weekend in Europe, everybody has to park. 
My wife's favorite rest stop is the Rosenberg chain in Austria, we had to stop at every one of them. 
We made it home on time but Mr. Grandson was 2 days late. I have been holding him when he was 4 days old.
 His wristband from the hospital.
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