Budapest, Part 1

I have been blogging for more than a year now and I have not written anything about our country’s wonderful capital Budapest.

A couple of weeks ago I took BB#1 on a trip to Budapest, just the 2 of us. A little one-on-one time πŸ™‚

He has only been to Budapest a couple of times, and we always just went to IKEA, so it was high time to show him something else πŸ™‚

We took the train to see Hungary’s countrside:

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The train ride takes 2 hours and 22 minutes. It was interesting that since I was travelling with a child (who has to pay for the train above the age 6, but gets a 50% discount) I also got a 30% discount on my adult train ticket.

An friend of mine (who happens to be a guy) picked us up from the train station and took us to the ZOO. Right next to the zoo is the famous:

The Gundel Patisserie πŸ™‚

The Gundel restaurant has been one of the most famous restaurant in Hungary for more than a century. However only few people know, that KΓ‘roly Gundel created wonderful desserts and cakes too, among others the Gundel crepes and the famous Gundel torte. This heritage is now being continued in the Gundel Patisserie.

So first we had some coffee and cakes:

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They even make a coconut ball look exotic πŸ™‚

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I had some baked cheesecake πŸ™‚

It was really nice to catch up with my friend, but he had to go to work so we entered the zoo.

The Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden is the one of the oldest in the world.

It has 1072 animal species.

The zoo opened its doors on August 9, 1866. The park has 1–1.1 million visitors every year.

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First we took this bus around the zoo, because it started raining.

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You could pet kangaroos πŸ™‚ We only looked at them πŸ™‚

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The butterfly house was very exciting πŸ™‚

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At the zoo even the plant pots have lions on them πŸ™‚

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BB#1 with the piranhas πŸ™‚

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I never knew a brown bear was this huge!

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This is how big the heart of a Blue whale is!

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And we ended the day at Starbucks πŸ™‚

The zoo is huge! So we only saw like half of it, so we will have to go back πŸ™‚

Project 52, Week #9

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On Saturday Blackberry #2 tried out the swings at the playground for the first time πŸ™‚ He really liked it. We went to a playground that is really close to our apartment. There is a really old Catholic Church and next to it is a monastery, where monks live. And around the monastery there is a really big green area where the playground is situated. So lots of space to run around.

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On Thursday we went to the our city zoo. Here is Blackberry #1 looking all angelic with his friend (and Brother in law), in front of the penguins. When we got to the zoo, the national TV crew was there because they were doing an interview about the new baby penguins. They picked out BB#1 to film, they wanted him to say he likes penguins πŸ™‚Β  Well, we missed out on our first chance at stardom, because BB#1 was not willing to look into the camera, and was not really willing to say anything, at least not at a volume that can be heard, so finally they did not include him in the interview 😦 But anyway the zoo was really fun as always πŸ™‚

The Bear and Spring

(Photo from internet, since no bears were seen on our zoo adventure 😦

Groundhog Day is a day celebrated on February 2 in North America. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Here in Hungary we have a similar weather lore, wherein a bear is the prognosticator as opposed to a groundhog.

If the bear comes out of his cave and the sun is shining and he sees his shadow, Then he goes back, and it will be a long winter. If it is cloudy and he comes out and doesn’t see his shadow then spring is just around the corner.

So last sunday we went to the zoo, to see the weather prediction by the bear, but the bear didn’t come out at all, at the gate they said they haven’t seen him in days…, so i have no idea what that means.Β  I hope it does not mean that there will be no spring at all 😦

We did see some other aminals:

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Hippo.

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Gibbon.

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Giraffe.

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The Siberian Tiger seemed in his element in all the snow πŸ™‚

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White peacock. Beautiful πŸ™‚

This is my 51th post, meaning the last one was the 50th. Hurray! πŸ™‚

Do you have any weather lore in your country?