Aug201213

Well, the end of Budapest for us has come.  We must leave this wonderful city and start the long journey back to Munich for the final 3 days of our Euro vacation.

Since the Grand Market Hall is closed on Sunday’s and we haven’t purchased any souvenirs yet, we wanted to go to the Grand Market Hall before we left Hungary.  We wanted to pick up some Paprika of course, a spice the country is famous for.  As well, I wanted to purchase a Kinder Egg surprise for Carson.  I didn’t really know what to get Carson, so we decided to get her a Kinder Egg in all the different languages that we came across…so we needed to get one with Hungarian writing on it.  Carson has always loved Kinder Eggs, her whole life.

We also wanted to spend the last of our Hungarian Forints.  We were able to spend every single last coin, we were so proud.

After a quick walk around the market, we went to retrieve the car so that we could check out of the hotel.  We walked to the location of the parkade where I left the car.  We traveled up the elevator to the 6th floor, which is where the car was parked…or so I thought.  You see, when I originally parked the car, with the combination of not being able to find the parkade, the stress of having to park in that super tight spot, and then trying to walk my way back to our hotel, I supposed I only looked at the stall number and not the floor number.  Our stall number was 64…I assumed the 6th floor.  It certainly felt like I drove up 6 floors with all the ramps I went up.

But alas, when we arrived at the 6th floor, it was very bright and open almost as though we were on the top floor, which is definitely not where I parked.  Of course I started to freak out.  So we started to walk down the floors one by one…going down down down…the more floors we climbed down the more I freaked out.  What if the car was towed? What if the car was stolen? OMG, traggic.  We found the car, on the 2nd floor, wow, how confused I must have been.  We grabbed the parking ticket from the car, so we could go back to the front desk and pay for the parking, then we could leave.

We got to the front desk and I had the wrong ticket.  So I was going to have to go back to the car to get the correct ticket, but luckily the guy at the front desk was extremely nice and just made a fake ticket for us to get out.  So we paid the parking costs, went back to the 2nd floor and got the car.  We drove to our hotel and checked out.  We were on our way.

We decided that we would drive through the Czech Republic for lunch and the closest “bigger” city to the border of Austria and not too much out of our way was Budweis.  We programmed in Budweis, Czech Republic and off we went.  For the most part the GPS did good.

We knew nothing about Budweis when we arrived and we were only stopping in on our way back to Munich, just for some lunch.   While we were there we did learn quite a bit.

Budweis is well-known for a brewery Budvar.  When you think of Budweis, Budweiser beer should come to your mind firstly – it is well-known in the world. Not many people know that Budvar sues with the American brewery Anheuser Busch for the name “Budweiser”. So, don’t mix up these two beers, although the name “Budweiser” is the same.

The original Budweiser Bier or Budweiser Bürgerbräu, was founded in 1785 Budweis.  The company began exporting to the US in 1871. In the U.S., Anheuser-Busch started using the Budweiser brand in 1876 and registered it two years later.

A second company (now named Budvar) was established in 1895 by mainly Czech brewers, which also started exporting beer under the name Budweiser.  These exports into the US market led to the Budweiser trademark dispute. Negotiations between the three companies, the two from the original town and the American Anheuser-Busch, about using “Budweiser” reached an agreement in march 1938 that allowed Anheuser-Busch to use the brand “Budweiser” only in North America.

In most European countries American Budweiser is not labelled as Budweiser but as Bud, and the name Budweiser refers to the original Czech beer, Budweiser Budvar, except for Ireland and the United Kingdom, where both beers are sold as Budweiser.

While I am not a fan of Budweiser, I am however a fan of the original Budvar beer from Czech.  If you want to try this beer here in Canada, you can buy it in the liquor stores, it is marketed as CzechVar.  I highly recommend you try it.

We needed to pay for parking and of course the parking meters only took Czech Crown, which we had none of, so I had to exchange some of our Euro to pay for parking.  We chose our restaurant and truly enjoyed our Czech lunch.  Yum!

Then back in the car and on our way to Munich.  The scenic country roads, rolling hills, warm air, what a delightful day.  We arrived back in Munich fairly late and we were about to check into the hotel.

Now, a slight back track here…I booked all our hotels on Expedia.ca and so far we have not had any issues.  Every hotel was paid for as soon as I booked online.  However, when I went to check into this hotel, it had not been paid for.  I was slightly alarmed as all the other hotels were pre-booked and pre-paid.  It took me forever to log into the credit card account online to review all the purchases and ensure that the hotel had not been pre-paid.  Which it wasn’t, so crisis averted, although I am sure that Rob wasn’t took happy that it took so long.  After such a long day of driving, you really want everything to be smooth.

We checked into the hotel, Motel One, which was very very nice and clean.  Rested for a bit and then went out for a walk.  Munich is such a great city for walking around day or night.  I love the vibe here.  We had to have a somewhat early night because we needed to be up early to grab the car and return it to the airport the next morning.  So we walked for a bit, then turned in…excited for our first day in Munich together.

Some photos of Budweis

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