May 30, 200610:47 AMThe Life
How I spent my spring vacation
May 30, 2006 - 10:47 AMWhen Anikó and I visit Budapest, it's mostly to spend time with her family. However, my adult stepkids, Anita and Jenc, always work hard to make sure we also see some interesting new sights:
Last week, one of our stops was the New York Café, an early-20th-century literary hangout. Starting in the fifties, it was known as the Café Hungária, and then fell into disrepair for several years. The building recently underwent a painstaking restoration/renovation, and reopened in early May. A century ago, this amazing concoction of marble, bronze, silk and velvet became famous as the "most beautiful café in the world." In my opinion, they've recaptured that early grandeur in one fell swoop.
On another day, we had lunch in the colorful town of Kecskemét (live webcam). Jenc and I were particularly impressed by the restaurant's gulyás leves (goulash soup).
Just by accident, Anita, Anikó and I happened to catch the musical water show at Margitsziget fountain. Sublime.
I've wanted to see the Time Wheel in good working order on my last two or three visits, but it's been plagued by a long string of engineering problems. However, I'm delighted to report this modern marvel is finally operational again.
We also discovered a cool English-language blog about Budapest, visited a swami (click "Rolám" for his photo), shopped at a fancy new mall and checked out the Royal Palace of Gödöllő.
Whew, it was a busy trip. I need a vacation.