Well, I was completely thwarted in my attempts to upload photos while we were in Europe, so the weight of blogging landed on our other host, Ginger Alden. Now that I’m back at my usual computer, I can’t resist sharing pictures of some of the gorgeous places we saw. We had a bit of rain and mist while in Budapest, but nothing can obscure the beauty of that city. One of the highlights for many of us was a performance of Puccini’s Turandot at the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz). ..arguably one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. For those accustomed to large American houses (the Met seats more than 3800!), it was a remarkably intimate setting at just over 1260 seats. For several of our group, it was their first opera….what a great introduction!
Our hotel was in Pest (the newer city), and on the day we traveled up to Buda hill, it was a bit foggy….although the clouds did lift later in the day, so we were able to see the Danube sparkle a bit.