... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.


As I headed to Budapest a couple days ago, I had not a clue what awaited me. I did know this from Wikipedia:

Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest’s extensive World Heritage Site includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world. It has around 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts about 4.4 million tourists a year, making it the 25th most popular city in the world, and the 6th in Europe, according to Euromonitor.

Turns out that it is indeed absolutely beautiful and I love it! Just love it! The friendliest people! You know, after living in Europe for so many years , I have become accustomed to foreign languages; when I am in Italy, though, not a fluent speaker, I can pretty much make sense of things. Spanish is much easier and Swiss German as well. But Hungarian made me say, “whoa Nelly!” I couldn’t figure out a thing–despite the alphabet being a westernised one. So grateful for a native speaking English to me, I profoundly thanked them whereupon they would look me in my eyes and thank me for the compliment, a lovely people!

My first day there, I was greeted by friends of menopausebarbee uncle Quincy Jones, the ever lovely brilliant and best dirty joke teller in the world Yue-Sai Kan (menopauebarbee post:The One and Only Yue-Sai Kan today in the Menopausebarbee Monday Spotlight published 2014/03/10; a Chinese American television host and producer, entrepreneur, bestselling author and humanitarian whom People magazine has named “the most famous woman in China” and Time magazine proclaimed her “the Queen of the Middle Kingdom.”I love you Yue-Sai). Yue-Sai’s friend –A LOVELY WOMAN!! Dan and her husband Johnny took me to breakfast at Gerbeaud, one of the greatest and most traditional coffeehouses in Europe. You can of course go on line to see more. Wonderful? Yes.

The rest of the afternoon I rode a hop-on hop-off tour bus to get a real overview of the city. This is something I recommend all travellers do. The insight is invaluable. How Buda joins Pest is truly spectacular! That evening I met with Giulia and Roland the bride and groom whom would marry tomorrow. We had a lovely dinner and I must say the Hungarian kitchen brings it! Excellent food!! I thank them deeply for the invitation. The following day it was a fabulous wedding at the Halászbástya, the Fisherman’s Bastion, located in the Buda Castle District, Fisherman’s Bastion is one of Budapest’s best-known landmarks, and is a favourite tourist destination. Built in the Romanesque Revival style, the Bastion’s terraces offer a stunning view of Budapest. The Danube and the Parliament building can perhaps be seen at their finest from the vantage point of the Fisherman’s Bastion. Seriously wow.
The wedding was beautiful, the weather fantastic, Giulia and Roland and their guests over the moon happy. Day after tomorrow I will share with you my very own decadent day in Budapest and then… a fish pedicure.
We only live once!

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