Love to all my family in Paris.... All are accounted for, even the ones who were at the game are safe.. thank god. Thanks for letting me know mum.
I'm also happy that all my family in Israel are safe after daily terroist attacks..I'm not sure if they are reported in mainstream media, because I don't read/watch/follow mainstream media.
After I checked the travel warnings about 10 times this morning Tova and I went out to Budapest city.
I know my way around a bit now, that feels nice.
We got on our two busses. One stops near the trainy thing that goes up the hill, Tova reaaaaly wanted to do that again.. But I didn't, so, coz I'm the boss sometimes we didn't. Instead we walked across the chain bridge because mum said she did that heaps when she was here. We wanted to be like her and Grandpa.
The next mission was to see the Shoes. It was so windy walking up the side of the Danube that we had to stop and face away from the sand storm at times. It was freezing wind too. Poor Tova with her low tone in her mouth, she probably ate some. It for sure was in our eyes.
We spend some powerful time at the shoes. Thinking of the poor people that were shot into the Danube not so long ago, simply for being Jewish. I was thinking 'stuff you Hitler, here I am, a Jew, with my Jewish daughter...'
Tova and I sat there for a while. There were quite a few people there taking photos and lots of tour groups. I was surprised actually. The Jewishness of Budapest is a big tourist draw card. It's great.
After that we walked towards the Ferris Wheel, because actually, that was the point of the day. Tova wanted to go on a Ferris Wheel.
We walked past a big church and Tova wanted to go in.. So we went in.
Next stop lunch.. Traditional Hungarian Goulash. It was funny eating it with Tova because when I was pregnant with her I couldn't even hear the word goulash without wanting to vomit from morning sickness.. And avocados.. omg..We also had pickled red cabbage in a picked red capsicum, Tova liked it to my surprise. And she likes Tomato now.. cut up small.. how cute! You won't believe it Yuvie..
After lunch I had an salon appointment, which was right near where we had eaten lunch (by chance) and it was an adventure to find the place. I have a great video of us using the elevator.. I'll add it..
Then the ferris wheel. OMFG, SO NOT MY THING! What happened to me? I'm not sure when it happened but I feel like I've all of a sudden (but it could have been slowly) developed a fear of small spaces and heights.. oh and swinging back and forth in a small space, up high.. and everything else involved with that. My stomach went into knots.. But.. Tova wanted to go on.. so we got a ticket.
We got in and Tova asked to get out.. ooooh, it was so tempting.. but I said 'no, we should give it a go'. I did however ask how I can get off after the first twirl, if that's what I wanted to do. They showed me a 'red button'.. right..
We made it around our allocated 3 times. Tova did look a bit scared.. she was brave though.
We were going for cake after that, but that never happened. We walked around the amazing malls that have stalls and lights, and food, and people, and smells, and freezing cold..... It was great.
There was stage set up with a performance of some kind, 100% in Hungarian. I didn't understand a word. Tova LOVED it. She made us stand there for a good 40 mins watching and listening. I was freezing, I wasn't as rugged up as her especially after I'd donated her my jumper as a blankie. It was worth it to see the delight on her face. AND HEY>> BUDAPEST..... Where are your buskers? It seems like the type of place that would have buskers, but they just don't seem to be around. Maybe it's too cold? We haven't looked in the metro, maybe they are all underground?
Then home via the supermarket coz everything is closed tomorrow.
Oh yeh, thanks for Lunch UV.. you paid.. ;-)