We vacated our apartment in the morning and easily caught a cab to the airport. We got there in plenty of time and had an early lunch before boarding our plane for a scheduled departure, although we ended up departing an hour and a half later due to a mechanical issue.
Reading a Led Zeppelin bio, When Giants Walked the Earth
Minutes from landing
TAP had a great Portuguese wine selection, better than what we were buying while in
Although we did find a Vinho Verde (green wine) on our last day for .89
Euros ($1.40 CDN) that was a pleasant surprise for a refreshing light wine. Lisbon
was very smooth as we were
travelling within the EU and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is the
area made up of 26 European countries that have agreed to have no type of border
control at their common borders. Although Budapest is part of the EU, it maintains its
own currency, the Forint. Budapest
The taxi from the airport was $33 CDN, compared to $17 CDN in
for approximately the same
distance. Our taxi driver was a bit of a maniac and at one point Jill looked
over at me and said, “we have Mario Andretti driving”, which definitely dates
us. We were met by our hosts at the apartment, which is located in Lisbon Pest, fairly close to the Chain Bridge.
The Szechenyi Chain Bridge is one of several bridges that connect Pest to Buda and the most famous. It is
seen in most pictures of . Budapest
We settled in quickly to our very reasonably priced studio apartment, which cost us $60 CDN a night, a bargain when you consider
cost twice as much (although it was
a one bedder with a better location and still a bargain for Lisbon Europe). was booked through Flipkey, while Lisbon was booked through Aribnb. Budapest
We made a two minute walk to the corner store to gather our usual essentials; beer, wine ,flat water, sparkling water and yogurt. We found the wine prices slightly higher than
, but still 80% less than Lisbon . We have a little restaurant below
us with Goulash priced at $8.00 CDN while other entrees seemed comparable to Canada .