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Budapest in ???? We Made it Party

I was surprised how many people on the various threads said their trip to Budapest has been delayed.

How about we consider tracking the same rescheduling dates and see if we can put together a "we made it" party in Budapest?

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We are scheduled to arrive on 9/4 and depart on 9/11. 🤞🏼

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Though we don't have anything planned, it's a great idea. Have fun 😘

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We should have arrived today, but sadly our trip is on hold. We chose to postpone as Paris (our other destination) became more and more uncertain, and then KLM canceled our flight anyway. Now we're trying to figure out when we can reschedule. August, maybe? Or perhaps December? We are looking forward to it, whenever it happens!

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Our original schedule is to arrive on 17 Sept and depart on 01 Oct. Hoping it still happens!

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I would seriously consider it - Budapest is a wonderful city and an evening with friends at Kadarka is about enough to make me book a flight . . . Definitely something to look forward to while we're all hunkered down for the foreseeable future.

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So, why dont we pick a day in late September and all shoot for it? When the date gets a little closer I will find a place for a dinner. Possible if maybe 5 couples pick the exact same date you could book together and get a discount on accommodations or a guided tour. Matching tshirts is too British stag, but bandanas or something?

First suggestion, arrive Sunday the 27th of September, depart on Thursday, the 1st of October. That's 4 nights which is a good minimum. Of course I will extend arrival and departure to get my 2 weeks in, or plan a side trip ... fishing is still fair about then.

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That would be a fun time, getting together for dinner. I've only met one forum mate so far, Pam from Idaho, one of the loveliest of the many lovelies who post on this forum. We'd enjoy meeting more! I like the bandanas idea!

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I wish I could change my dates, but no can do. Late September we will be in Switzerland, hopefully. After Budapest our plans involve other people.

As far as meeting people from the forum, it's one of my favorite things to do while traveling. Disregarding the people I've met through the Sacramento and Bay Area/San Francisco travel groups, plus meeting RS forum folks in D.C., I've had the pleasure of meeting Pam and Darcy from Idaho (Darcy I've seen in Italy- Venice & Siena, in Paris and in Sacramento a couple of times when she's been in town), Nigel from England 3 times - in England, Paris and Germany, Ms. Jo from Frankfurt in Frankfurt twice and 3-4 times in Sacramento, and Brad from Virginia (?) in Paris. I feel like I'm missing someone. Anyway, it's always nice to meet fellow travelers and put a face with the names we see here.

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James--I like those dates, though I'd probably want to arrive Friday in order to visit Ecseri flea market on Saturday. With all this uncertainty at this point I am relegating this to what I like to call my "imaginary trips" list, to be researched in earnest once the new normal emerges.

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I don’t know anyone personally; but if things settle down enough, I could easily be crazy enough to do it.

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Travel mom, we can take you around and introduce you to a few folks.

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I have lurked for so many years, I almost feel like I know people. :) And I like the dates, too.

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James,
My boyfriend and I would love to join you and Christa but that time may not work for us. If it does, I will be there. Too soon to tell.
I am thinking to do the whole itinerary next year spring again spending more time in both Istanbul and Budapest.
It's too early but if you all are there around that time next year I would love to meet you both for a coffee at the Callas Cafe.
I am hoping to stay at the Callas House as I had planned to this year.

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Travel mom, great.

Nadine, I'm there several times a year. I will be there as soon as legal this year and I guess Sept/Oct and again before Christmas this year

Late March April and early May are times I enjoy too. Good weather, fewer tourists, theater open. But my fav is Sept, Oct.

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We were going to be in Budapest for the first time in late April. We're eyeing September now. Maybe we could all have dinner together?

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Sept. 27 just happens to be the night of Yom Kippur :-) I wouldn't mind being back in Budapest around that time though.

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You are right!! Excellent! Did I ever tell you about the Teleki Shul??

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Teleki Shul? Is that the one across the street from you? If so, yes (and thank you!), and I went in but only had a limited peek. Lovely, but a little sad. . . . as are all the shuls (or shuln if you're a stickler) in Hungary (and many other European countries).

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No, its up in the worst part of District VIII.

I took a tour about 7 years ago and it ended there. Love the people and return from time to time. Dont know if you saw a thread where I described being put in my place by a holocaust survivor, but that's where it happened. A few years later Oprah showed up, so: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNrCo8c4B8A

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In a fit of optimism I did a little checking on United and a flight to Budapest 9/24 with a return from London around 10/9 (scrapping Romania now for hopefully next spring, so why not just go to my 2 most favorite cities and be done with it, I say!) is right around the price of my original ticket...not ready to DO anything, but just plugging in dates made me smile in anticipation.

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We might want to move the date up a bit. A great weekend to be there would be for the Jewish Summer Festival. Here is a video https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25b5o5 (six years old; but is better each year). Note in the video the Budapest Klezmer Band. Fantastic experience.

So it is tentatively scheduled to begin Sunday August 30 through September 7th. A bit warm that time of year but that may work for us with the COVID thing.

G-d willing I will be back again the week after Thanksgiving to show my daughter the Christmas Markets. Also a great time to be there. Website:https://www.gettingstamped.com/budapest-christmas-markets/ Video: https://youtu.be/UFowQc0wDws

If possible, I have some work in Budapest, and will be there in June for that. If anyone else makes it, let me know.

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And now you tempt me with a klezmer band, sigh...I like the idea of earlier in Sept too, going to research a bit this week. I do follow several Hungarian news pages on FB, even more helpful with all that's going on. One posted a stork nest cam, so that's almost as good as getting to see my storks on Margit sziget...ALMOST.

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They are fantastic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VdoHnidz70 here 30 minutes of them.

Some people are going through consternation with us discussing traveling. But you know, I am locked in my home following the rules with nothing much to do but dream and plan. My June trip has an August backup and my August trip has a November back up. If necessary, and no one knows, the November trip will have a March back up.

I could sit here in self pity but this is more fun. I do have a small advantage. I have a home there. Locked up there means the same as here; but instead of long walks through my suburb, it would be long walks along the Danube. Fair trade.

When the day comes, and only the Feds control that, not the RS contributors, and I can leave the US and enter Budapest I will be on my way. If coming back means two more weeks of lock up; well, thats okay too. Im getting pretty comfortable with working from home.

Still doesnt hurt to say; follow the US and local rules to the letter for the better of all of us.

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Well, I agree with dreaming. I’m not encouraging anyone else to go anywhere by dreaming - just keeping myself cheerful.

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Travelmom, that's absolutely the best way to put what I'm doing, too--keeping myself cheerful :)

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And apparently, the thought of time in Budapest makes both of us cheerful, christa. :)

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Before the current situation, I'd been toying with the idea of a quick trip to Budapest and surrounds for the Xmas markets this year, braving the cold (it never goes down to freezing here). I'm still hoping that my US trip will happen in the fall (planned for spring) but I would never consider visiting Chicago in December!!

In the meantime, I'm in wait and see mode. Maybe a long weekend in Budapest in September. . . . Maybe in December . . . just looking to get through the time ahead a day and a dream at a time.

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Looks like we are going to have to cancel our May trip. We were doing Czech, Hungary, and Netherlands. Thinking of moving it to end of August and adding 5 more days, cause as we keep reading our books there are more places and things we want to do. Love his books!!!

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Go up a few posts to the information on the Jewish Festival at the end of August / first of September. Great time to be in Bpest. The theaters are open [hopefully], the weather is starting to cool again and the sidewalk cafes and wine bars are in full swing.

GoogleFlights is tracking my flight choice for June 8. Price is down $400 today!! Yea!!! Is it going to be possible? No one knows.

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Hi James. I would love to be included if it happens. Love to see you and Paty again

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Victoria, it would be good. There is no way to know. In Hungary, like here, there is a segment of the population that is ready to take the risk and move on. If that becomes the trend; strap on the mask for the plane trip and we are off! Hungary hasn't been hit particularly hard and hasn't instituted severe restrictions as compared to some places and it doesnt have the population densities of many places; so lets see how it plays out.

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Since we have some time to kill, IF it happens, let's plan one day for the group. Something special.

Suggestions?

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Okay, so here is an idea for a start. I am guessing we would be luck to have 6 of us and if I am just spending the day with two, hey, that’s okay.

DAY ONE: 19:00 to 23:00
Let’s say you arrive in Budapest about 2pm. The day is yours.
Then we get together for dinner about 7pm. Lets make it something unique. Maybe a tad touristy but the locals like it too; Rézkakas Bistro. Good food, good service and a gypsy band: https://www.rezkakasbistro.hu/gallery-media/rezkakas-bistro/ .

Then about 9pm I get us a driver and a van and a few bottles of good Hungarian wine and we head up to the Citadella kilátó (Citadel Lookout): https://jasonontheedge.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/dsc08245.jpg After 9pm the tour busses are gone and it’s a great experience. Then back to city center by 11pm.

DAY TWO: 09:00 until 17:00 or ???
Breakfast
If I can have a count the day before I can save us some tables at the Lion’s Locker for breakfast. Say at 9am? Great family run place. The food is good, but what is special is I can arrange for the Owner and maybe one his kids to sit with us and you will get a feeling for locals. https://www.lockerbudapest.com/gallery The first young man in the dark shirt and the first young lady are two of the owner’s children. a

Morning Tour
I would really love to go to some off the beaten path place. The rest you can get on a standard tour. Like breakfast, I will try and make the day about the people of Budapest. So how about a Shul with great history and an ancient looking Jewish Cemetery. The first stop is the Teleki Shul, in the most "un-restored" part of town. I will try and get the Rabbi or someone from the congregation to meet us at the Shul to share the history of the place. http://www.budapestshul.com/history Then on to the Salgotarjani utca cemetery full of amazing mausoleums overgrown after decades of neglect: https://budapestjewishwalk.hu/budapestjewishwalk-in-the-cemetery-of-salgotarjani-street/ I love this place and could spend hours. Just getting to these places on public transportation will open a new world for you. In the event the virus is still an issue, I have a friend with a van that can be a bit safer.

Lunch
Lets do the NY Palace Cafe for a totally different theme from the morning; and its convenient by public transport (or van). https://www.newyorkcafe.hu/new-york-cafe.html

Afternoon Tour
Okay, those of you who have been to Budapest multiple times? Ideas? Something really off the wall. My taste is sort of strange (Jewish cemeteries for instance) so …. ????

Pick a subject
Jewish
Architecture
Sweets
Shopping
People
River
We could even run up to Szentendre or Vac
Bears??
Trains
Museums

After Tour
We meet up at either KADARKA BORBÁR http://kadarkawinebar.com/ or Bárka Borbár https://www.facebook.com/pg/barkabistro/photos/?ref=page_internal Again, I know these guys so maybe we work up some conversations.

Dinner
On your own or we can meet up someplace. Or if enough want to do a river dinner cruise …. ??? Or maybe my favorite Jazz Club/Restaurant.

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Oh, I almost start to hope and then start to tell myself not to hope. :)

All sounds wonderful. The only thing I dislike is shopping. Have only been to Budapest once for about 36 hrs, which was just enough to show me I needed to be back.

Since I have no plane ticket or voucher, dates don’t matter right now. I might prefer the end of September over the first of Sept. (and don’t mind early October). But flexible.

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You never know. My absolute favorite time is mid September through mid October.

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Sadly we have cancelled our trip for this year, so no Budapest in September for us. We will shoot for next year instead. Since we won't have to work around a specific event/date (Oktoberfest) we will shoot for mid-September instead of early September. James E., thank you so much for the advice you have given me. Maybe you will be in Budapest next year when we go so we can meet you.

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Andrea, maybe none of us will be able to go ... or want to go, when the time comes. Still fun to dream and plan. Right now I feel pretty good about a September trip, but who knows.... I do have to be honest and say that first me it's different as it's more like a lake house trip than a once in a lifetime sort of thing. I know the area, have familiar surroundings and spend the time relaxing as much as anything else

Stay safe.

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Budapest was just the first stop of an 8+ week, 7 country trip. Yeah, that sounds like a lot of moving around, but we we basing in one place in each country. The shortest stay was 4 nights and that was only once. Anyway, fingers crossed that travel will be back to normal by September 2021. 🤞🏼 I hope anyone that's able to go will have a wonderful time.

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James, I like your proposed itinerary for our imaginary trip--I have wanted to visit the Jewish cemetery, have only been to one in Tata looking for my Katona family, and the one in Budapest near Keleti, Kerepesi. A day trip to other towns is always a good idea, too.

As the days grow closer to my would-have-been departure of May 2 I get increasingly sad and anxious about the things I will be missing, the little must-dos that have now become an important part of my agenda in Budapest:

First afternoon, after I drop my bags at the hotel--off to Margit sziget for some time with the storks
Saturday morning visit to Ecseri piac
Toltott kaposzta for dinner at Belvarosi Lugas at least twice
Stock up on palinka & paprika, more reading glasses from Pylones, and a visit to the folk art gift shop on Castle Hill for their wonderful pottery pieces

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Kadarka, great guys.

Over the years they have taken care of my guests when they locked themselves out (till help could arrive), stocked my wine racks and acted like family. Usually when I arrive in town I let the taxi drop me off in front of Kadarka to avoid my narrow one way street; then I walk the last 200 feet to the apartment. On the last trip the taxi parked and before I could open the door the waiter had it open and was greeting me back to town. Dont know how he spotted me. If you like the people at Kadarka, walk down Vasvari Pal utca about 300 feet to The Lion's Locker for breakfast. The owner and his family will welcome you like old friends..

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Gosh, James, if I can get there when you are there, that would be fun. My wife and I are tentatively planning a trip to Serbia in early winter, 2021. Reason? We can get into the graveyard in my family town after the winter sets in, because it is totally over-grown. So, I will keep you posted. Your itinerary sounds like so much fun.

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When the borders are open I get there every 3 or 4 months so the chance is good. Flights between Belgrade and Budapest have been sketchy over the years: some years yes, others no; but there are options with a good side trip.

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I am thinking Christmas market tour. Beograd, Novi Sad, Vienna, Budapest, Nuremberg - 6 weeks maybe. Depends on my mom - I will need to make a plan to care for her as she is 93.

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Sounds like a good trip. I havent been to Novi Sad, but I have a friend who owns an apartment there and brags how beautiful the town is.

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I wont be here much longer. If anyone wants to stay in touch for fun or future help, best to send me a PM with contact info.