I will be working in Budapest,
Hungary this week. I will be staying in the Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal.
You can click no the web site below to see more about the hotel. Here a
a few pictures of the place.
An interesting side note:
President bush visited Budapest while I was there to help celebrate
Hungary's liberation from Soviet Occupation.
Click on the thumbnails below to see some pictures
from my trip:
Here I am on a hill in the "Buda" section
overlooking the Danube River. The "Pest" portion of the city is on the
east (right) side of the river.
This is a picture of one of the castles taken at
Here I am after eating lunch at a little sidewalk
cafe. I walked about a mile north of my hotel today and I passed a KFC,
Pizza Hut, 4 Burger Kings and 6 MacDonalds
(in less than a mile). American fast food is more common here than in
This little sidewalk cafe would bring your beer in
a dispenser that held about 2 gallons of beer and you just filled your
glass as needed. No waiting for the server. You gotta love that.
This is a bottle I found in the mini bar in my
room. I have never seen this product for sale before. If anyone needs a
bottle, let me know. I will see if I can give you some when I return.
Here I am by one of the famous statues in Budapest
of a maden.
Another castle at night.
This is a statue of a famous Hungarian warrior on
The statue of the horse is anatomically correct
and part of the bronze on him is still very shiny because local college
students think it is good luck to touch that part of the statue before
We visited a local stables. The owners are world
class carriage drivers.
Here is one of the owners of the farm getting
ready to exercise one of the teams.
During dinner that night we were entertained by a
Hungarian band playing some traditional gypsy music.
In the background is the famous Chain Bridge that
was built in 1841.
This is the east end of the Chain Bridge and the
Four Seasons Hotel as seen from the Danube River at dusk.
This is the east end of the Chain
Bridge a couple of hours later.
This is the Hungarian House of Parliment viewed
from the Danube.
Here is the House of Parliament after dark.
Here I am competing in a team building activity.
We had to sit on a barrel and pull ourselves from one end of a long log
to the other without tipping off. I barely made it.
Most of the time I was sitting a meeting room from
7:30 AM (actually 1:30 AM EDT) until about 7:00 PM before leaving for
the evening dinner function and returning to the hotel shortly before