Saturday 10 March 2018

Trains and Boats and Planes

Budapest 47.4979° N, 19.0402° E 
Sat, Sun, Mon

The bags are packed. The taxi to the airport's booked. The cat's sulking1. Yep, time for a few days away.

Three nights in Budapest, a train journey on Tuesday across the Hungarian border to Prague: three further nights in the Czech Republic, and fly home next Friday. Should be good.

Tues, Weds, Thurs

No itinerary to speak of; nowhere to be at any set time - just a few nice beers to be drunk, an eastern European goulash or two and a bit of culture thrown in for good measure. I know there's a terrific  floating jazz bar2 on the Danube everyone raves about, so a couple of hours on board a boat listening to live music, with a drink in my hand - should tick all the boxes.

And, can I just say, I'm getting really excited about the six hour train journey - I absolutely love foreign train travel - the drinks trolley, a good book3 and just gazing out of the window; what's not to like?

I'm sure there'll be pictures and stories when I get back, but that's it for a few days.

Hamarosan találkozunk4

Burt Bacharach - Trains and Boats and Planes (1965)

1 Doris hates it when we go away; she'll be OK
2 Columbus Pub
3 The Chalk Man
4 See you soon


  1. Have a fab holidy break. That train journey sounds like fun.

    1. Thank you Gram. Oh yes, the train journey! It's neither the Trans-Siberian Express or the Bullet Train, but it'll do for me.

  2. Envious. Have a cracking time John.

  3. Sounds great! I fancy doing the same one day, so will be v interested to read/see more on your return. Enjoy!

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  5. Enjoy the trip - sounds as if you'll be able to fit in lots. Looking forward to hearing about it here when you get back.

    We went to Prague in '94 for 10 days. Not long after the wall came down so was quite an experience. Things have changed I think since, but a bit like wandering through the scenes from "Tales From Europe" if you remember that from your childhood.

  6. Thank you Alyson; I don’t usually pick up while I’m away, but I’ve been tweeting a few photos, so thought I’d check in.
    Last night in Budapest tonight, then we’re on the 09:40 to Prague in the morning. SFSG - didn’t realise how much I needed to get away. J