On Saturday, February 23, 2013, Elder Felsted and I celebrated my 71st birthday by going on another adventure on the public transportation. We got on one of the fancy villamos trains down on Széll Kállman Tér and rode it to the end of the line.
That took us over the Margit Hid (Margaret Bridge) to Pest, around the touristy part of Pest and back over the Danube (to the Buda side) on the Petrofi Hid and to the end of that line. We paid for the trip back; but got off the villamos on the Pest side of the Petrofi Hid and walked down the stairs under the bridge, where we caught another above surface train that went along the Danube ( called Duna here). It swung around the back side of the Parliament Building and we got off at the Margit Hid. Then we walked up to the road level and walked across the bridge. It was a rainy and overcast day… but the air temperature was good.
From the middle of the bridge you can see the Parliament Building on the left. The hill you can see in the background is Gellert Hill, and if you enlarge the picture you can see the Freedom Statue on the top. Across the Duna is the Buda Castle. (We live behind the Buda Castle in a little “valley.”)
Across the bridge is a popular Hungarian Restaurant, Trófea Grill (Trophey Grill). It was about a block from the bridge, so that is where we ended up! Many consider it pricey but we will go there again! Very yummy food – and all you can eat, too. We found out one of the reasons the price is high – all you can eat includes all you can drink – so we are paying for the booze others drink! The Duna is on the left of this picture.
This red and white painted store is a CBA grocery store. It is about 1 block from our apartment and 1 block from Széll Kállman Tér and we quite often buy last minute groceries here. It was formerly a Match store, owned by a German company. CBA is a Hungarian company and they completely renovated the store, including the fresh red and white paint on the outside. CBA fired all the students who worked for it, so that unemployed adult workers could get jobs. At least, that is what Timi told us, who used to work at a Match. Sounds like what a government would do to get their employment figures up! Although, if you are a student, you have special perks, like it is easier to find jobs. The colleges and universities have employment centers to help the students.
On Monday, Feb 25, the Senior Sisters in Buda gathered at another restaurant to celebrate my birthday and Ann Heath’s birthday! (One party after the other!!!)
So that was a fun few days – two restaurants in two days…. GOSH! I am old…