We just returned from our trip to Budapest and Prague, however, due to
the unrest caused by the IMC meeting, we cancelled the Prague part of
the trip. Don't know it that was the right thing to do but it seemed right
to us. The timing just wasn't right. I guess it turned out for the best
because when we called the hotel to let them know we would not be coming,
they didn't have our reservation. We had just paid our visa bill before
we left so of course that will make getting the refund harder. Our hotel
reservations were lost twice in Prague - not a good omen.
We loved Budapest. Our hotel was on the Pest side and we walked everywhere
we could. We took the metro for longer journeys but did most of our moving
around by foot. Crossed the bridge to Buda on foot and loved being able
to look over the Danube. We are big museum goers so did just about all
we could take in. Loved our hotel (how to I submit to the hotel database)
and ate at some great restaurents. We usually follow the tips in the Eyewittness
Guides for restaurants and were not disappointed. Since we cancelled the
Prague leg we chose to go to Amsterdam which is where we were leaving
from to head back to the States. It was very tight getting a hotel in
Amsterdam, which brought up the question, is there an off season and can
one travel without reservations and just move around at will in Europe
or do you really have to have reservations ahead? We had hoped when I
retired to take an extended trip and move around at will. We did this
in our youth in some major cities and didn't have any problem, can you
still do it.
Our hotel in Amsterdam was about 500 yds from the Rijksmuseum and was
adequate (around $80.00 U. S. including breakfast) it was clean and it
was in a part of A'dam we had not really explored so that was good. Revisited
the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museums and walked forever. Had wonderful
food. Our last night we ate at Luden's which is an upscale restaurant.
All their meals are 55,000 and include a starter, entree and dessert.
The suggested for that night was Greek salad, veal medallions in mustard
and basil sauce and strawberries with yogurt ice cream, however, you can
mix and match from the menu. Some speciality items add an additional sum
to your bill. Ludens and several other restaurants we tried came from
the Eyewittness book and were excellent. We took a day trip to Rotterdam
and one to Harlaam and enjoyed those very much.
Already planning next year's trip.