Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vienna & Budapest: Part Two

Vienna and Budapest, 2015

Still catching up on sleep and adjusting to real life again but I wanted to add some more pictures from our trip.

In Vienna, we stayed at the 25 Hours Hotel and at the Palais Hansen Kempinski. Both were perfect, both completely different. The 25 Hours has a circus theme, a swing in the lobby, poured concrete floors, and a very hip rooftop bar (there was also a playground in the square just in front of the hotel.) The Kempinski was elegant and polished, filled with fellows in suits. And yet they couldn't have been more kind to the kids, who loved the swimming pool, the special stuffed monkey that greeted them, plus the milk that arrived in a chilled silver carafe.

We drove from Vienna to Budapest, stopping in Gyor, where we arrived too late for lunch and so had ice cream instead. The kids then had the time of their tiny lives playing in the fountain in the stunning main square (in front of a church built in 1634); we had to buy them new clothes at a children's shop in the city for the rest of the journey. The chaos of that afternoon is one of my favorite memories of the trip.

In Budapest, we stayed at the very cool Brody House, a boutique property filled with contemporary art. The kids loved the sound of their voices echoing up and down the very grand central staircase, the pancakes for breakfast, and getting to meet so many of our fellow wedding guests.

Although Axel seemed a bit homesick the first few days of our trip ("We have to get back on the airplane!"), he figured it out pretty quickly. It was quite a physical trip (no gazing out at the sights over a serene coffee), but great fun. I have erased the somewhat painful 9 hour flight home from my memory, thank you very much.

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