Aug201210

We had such high hopes for today.  We were going to take on the rest of Budapest today.  We got up early and headed downstairs to eat breakfast…and there is Rob sitting across from me at the table…green.  Uh-oh…we were doing so well with not getting sick or over doing it.  Rob was not feeling well today at all.  I quickly handed over the key to the room and sent him back upstairs since he was clearly not going to make it through breakfast.  I finished my breaky and then headed back upstairs to see how he was doing.  When I arrived…he wasn’t doing well.

He was so sick…poor Rob.  So we decided that there was really no rush to getting going…we had all day to do whatever we wanted and we didn’t have to be anywhere specific today.  So we were going to hang in the room till 10am, in the air-conditioning and see how things felt at that time.  I spent the morning reading my book while he slept.  At 10am I woke him up to see how he was feeling and he wasn’t doing any better at all…so we extended the time to noon.  This time, I completely passed out too.  Obviously our bodies had had enough of all the adventure and they were revolting against us.  We needed the rest.

At noon, I checked in again, and still not any better.  Turns out, with the exhaustion, the beer and the heatwave in Budapest…Rob got a case of Heat Stroke.  The best thing for that is rest, hydration and keep cool.  We both slept until 5ish that day and then decided that we were up for an evening walk.

We headed over the bridge, across the Danube to the other side of Budapest…otherwise known as “Pest”, since were staying on the “Buda” side.  Yes, the city is technically two in one.  We were going to attempt to hike Gellert Hill up to the Citadel.  This would normally not be an issue, but given our exhaustion, we needed to take it easy.  Most people ride a bus to the top, but we hiked up the hill on the path.  We are so glad we did, the 360 views from the top of the hill were breathtaking…not to mention the breeze was very welcome.

A little history of Gellert Hill and the Citadel:

The fortress was built in 1851 by Julius Jacob von Haynau, a commander of the Habsburg Monarchy, and designed by Emánuel Zita and Ferenc Kasselik, after the Hungarian Revolution of 1848. It occupies almost the entire 235 metres high plateau. The fortress is a U-shaped structure built about a central courtyard, being 220 metres long, 60 metres wide, and 4 metres tall. It had a complement of sixty cannons.

Actually built by Hungarian forced labourers, it was finished in 1854. In June 1854 Austrian troops settled in the citadel. After the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867 and the establishment of Austria–Hungary, the Hungarians demanded the destruction of the Citadel, but the garrison troops left only in 1897, when the main gate was symbolically damaged. It was not until late 1899 when the city took possession of the Citadel. A few months later, in 1900, the walls were demolished.

In the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Soviet troops occupied the Citadella. Tanks fired down into the city during the assault that overthrew the Nagy-led Hungarian government. – Wikipedia

There is some amazing history up there…and they made a museum out of it with tons of information.  Budapest sure has been through a lot in history.

That was pretty much it for us for the evening.  We just walked around a little more and took in the city night.  This was our last night in Budapest and I was very sad to say goodbye.  I fell in love with Budapest.  Oh, and when I took the picture of the temperature…that was 9pm.  32 degrees at 9pm.

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