This coming Sunday, I will be on my final press trip of the year (at least as far as I know at this point) as I board the AmaLea in Budapest to embark on a week-long “wine cruise” along the Danube River. I have never been on a cruise, much less a “wine cruise” (I am not sure why I keep putting that in quotes, but it feels like I should, at least until I experience it), but the folks at AmaWaterways really seem to know what they are doing, and I am confident that the experience will be fantastic.
So fantastic, that originally my wife was going to join me as part of her birthday/anniversary extravaganza that started back in May (her birthday is in September and out anniversary was a little over a week ago). For a variety of reasons, that did not work out, so instead, we decided to take a week beforehand and visit two cities high on our collective European bucket list: Prague and Budapest.
I write this at the beginning of our third day here in the Czech capital and we are already smitten with the city despite a chilly rain that defined our first two days. The sun is brilliantly shining this morning, however, which portends a delightful two more days (we board a midnight train to Budapest tomorrow).
Even though I would classify both of us as “casual” tourists–we have no burning desire to see “everything” a location has to offer–we have nonetheless covered a bit of ground thus far. Here are a few of the scores of photos already stored on our hard drives: