We went to a fondue place in the mountains around Nyon, Switzerland:
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Vineryards around Barolo:
Was walking around Milan and came across the Duomo, amazing architecture.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Prague was impressive. It is another European city with lots of old buildings, etc. Reminded me a bit of Barcelona. A welcome small town feel relative to the largeness of Budapest. Prague had a smaller core and we spent a good bit of time just wandering around into various artisan shops. Also took a Segway tour of the hills of the city which was our first time on a Segway, very fun! It took about 5 minutes of training and we had a great time.
Our hotel was in the area called XXX and was centrally located just near the Charles bridge. I discovered XX served at the local foodie restaurant/bar called Lokal. There were two locations. Essentially this was the freshest beer one can get and I got to try Pilsner Urquell served this way. It was very fresh and had a soft, smooth taste. Generally Pilsner Urquell in the US is served out of a bottle and is in the normal bitter/bad beer category, nothing special or unspecial, just a bottle of average yuck with increasing levels of awfulness as it attains room temperature. Served this way it was fantastic and highly recommended.
apparently there is a budweiser in the czech republic that is not the budweiser in the US. yes, i tried it. It is not the same.
from our segway tour:
Tank beer, much improved taste...is this what real Pilsner Urquell tastes like?
Spent a few days visiting the historic city of Budapest. The feeling here is a large European capital. We stayed on castle hill. Toured the parliament which was remarkable. Walked the hill to the Chain bridge multiple times. Lots of history. One highlight was a non-tourist wine tasting in a several hundred year old wine cellar. Only disappointment was we were a little time constrained due to a previous engagement. Also had some excellent dumplings filled with chicken. In most cases, ‘dumplings’ were really just very small doughballs. Was surprised to find many dishes flavored with a delicious paprika which is a red spice. Another favorite was ‘goulash’ which was a stew of meat, potatoes , some other veggies and generous use of paprika in the sauce.
a latte from a fancy coffee shop:
statue of bridge and guy near the parliament building:
this is the part of the castle wall in budapest that was defended by the fisherman centuries ago. rebuilt and now a bar/tourist attraction.
a coke, potato chips, and a donut value meal. oh, and pizza! not only in america!
ronald reagan statue, next to the controversial (and last) communist monument standing in city of budapest.