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Tour of Austria-Hungary

Trip with mom and Helen to Budapest, Vienna and Prague.

Image: Shortly after takeoff from Bergen Airport Flesland. Eikelandsosen just above the engine, and the Hardanger fjord to the right. Image: Sørfjorden in Hardanger. Image: The coast of Poland. Image: The Váh river valley in Slovakia. The lake is the Nosice water reservoir by the town of Púchov. Image: The Danube! The river makes a bend just north of Budapest. This is also at the southestern point of where the Slovak border is in the Danube. Image: First order of business after checking in at the hotel was getting some food. We were already aware that the exchange rate between NOK and HUF is 1:30, but it still feels weird to get a lunch bill for over 13k. Image: Our hotel was right next to the Opera in Budapest. And Szent István Bazilika (St. Stephen's Basilica) was just down the road. Image: One of the many Jewish temples in Budapest. Image: Urania Movie Theater Image: Budapest-Nyugati ("Western") Railway Terminal Image: One of the streets in Buda. Image: At the foot of the castle hill in Buda, there's a tunnel through the hill right next to the funicular going up to the top of the hill. Image: Inside the tunnel. Image: We tried some Romanian wine for dinner. I liked this one a lot. Image: Enjoy! Image: Mom having a good time while waiting for the food to arrive. Image: And Helen as well. Image: Some boring wall has been turned into an art project. Image: At the Széchenyi Chain Bridge. Buda castle in the background. Image: A guardian lion at the bridge. Image: View towards Fisherman's Bastion and northern Buda. Image: The pedestrian path on the bridge, round the tower closes to Pest. Image: Mom and Helen taking pictures. Image: Breakfast. Got us some freshly squeezed orange juice. Image: Sparrows seemed to be nesting in that potted plant. They were certainly keen on stealing bits of our bread. Image: Buda castle viewed from the tram line by the restaurant where we had breakfast. Image: We decided to cross the Chain Bridge to get to the Buda side and take a bus to the Citadel from there. Image: Best to cross under the road. Image: They certainly put some effort into tiling their tunnels. Image: At the Citadel. Some monument overlooking the city. Image: View of the city from the lookout point. Image: Buda castle from the Citadel. Image: The Freedom monument viewed from behind, along the Citadel walls. Image: Helen found some guy with an archery stand and had to give it a go. Image: Panorama of Pest from the Citadel. Image: A statue allegedly symbolizing the defeat of evil. Looks like Hercules defeating the Hydra. Image: Another statue, this one symbolizing progress. Put me in mind of Prometheus. Image: View of southern Budapest (and Helen) from next to the progress statue. Image: The goddess Helen, on the steps of the freedom monument. Image: Budapest. Image: The main part of the freedom monument. Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image: Image:

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